This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 15 July 2004, amends the Oil Pollution Levies Order 1998 (
“the principal order”). The principal order imposes oil pollution levies on the owner and master of certain ships entering New Zealand ports. The principal order also imposes oil pollution levies on the owners of certain classes of offshore oil installations and oil pipelines.
The amendments in this order—
clarify the meaning of the term out of commission, in relation to ships; and
clarify the dates on which a levy is imposed; and
clarify how a levy is to be calculated in situations where liability for a levy arises after 1 July in any year; and
clarify, in new clause 15A, when and to whom levies are payable.
In addition, new clause 15B is inserted into the principal order. New clause 15B allows any person who is required to pay a total of not less than $50,000 in levies under the principal order and charges under the Marine Safety Charges Regulations 2000, in any particular year, to apply to the Director of Maritime Safety to pay the levies and charges jointly, by monthly or quarterly instalments. Currently these levies and charges are payable (generally) only as a lump sum in advance of the start of the year to which the levies and charges apply.
If a person does wish to pay the levies and charges by instalment, new clause 15B(3) requires the person to apply in accordance with regulations 10A to 10D of the Marine Safety Charges Regulations 2000.