Deed Of Agreement With Environment Southland

The Deed of Agreement is a quasi-resource agreement and imposes environmental obligations on companies that operate ships that enter and cross the fjords. The requirements set out in the act are similar to the terms of each resource agreement. The Act also helps to address potentially significant risks The Environment Southland Marine Fee was set up as part of the agreement in which each ship entering the fjords was calculated on the basis of the ship`s gross tonnage. The fee allows the Commission to offset all costs related to the risks that the industry poses to the environment and to reduce the financial pressure on the Council`s coastal expenditures. Just in time for the 2001/2002 cruise season, the tax generated 260,000 $US 23 visits and the 2012/13 season was estimated at $1.9 million. Until the end of the 2011/2012 season, it was estimated that the cumulative amount of fees collected was $10 million. 2987 A portion of the marine charge helps pay for a wide range of the Council`s coastal functions, including its marine biosecurity program, which supports the reporting and monitoring of coastal clean-up and coastal water quality, all of which are affected by vessels entering Doubtful Sound. with large movements of ships and transits through the closed waters of the fjords. In the event of a maritime incident in isolated parts of the fjords, significant response resources would be required. SOPs shall make available to operators and crews appropriate navigational safety course charts. In 1997, a study on the environmental impact of tourism on the inland waters of the Southland region identified cruise ships as the greatest threat to the region. Pollution caused by waste discharges into water and air has been a significant problem. 2982 Southland Environment (Southland Regional Council) reacted by introducing the Deed of Understanding, which is a contract between the Council and the various cruise ships.

The Deed of Understanding for cruise ships wishing to enter the fjords was introduced in 2001 by the Regional Coastal Plan. Section 13 of the Regional Coastal Plan deals with cruise ships operating in the inland waters of the Southland area and cruise ships must either obtain a resource authorization or sign the Deed of Understanding with Environment Southland. 2983 Since the end of 1990, Environment Southland has established a very close working relationship with Cruise New Zealand, the country`s representative for the wider cruise industry, and maintains important contacts around the world to help the Council develop and maintain the necessary relationships with ship owners. The agreement imposes environmental obligations on all ships that visit the sounds, including waste management requirements. 2984 Within the von Southland coastal zone, discharges to water covering both solid waste (food waste and packaging) and liquid waste (wastewater, grey water, bile water and hazardous waste) apply a zero discharge policy. Air discharges must be kept to a minimum in order to reduce visible smoke emissions into the fjords. One of the suggested ways to achieve this is to replace cheaper heavy oils with gas oils from ships, 2985, but ultimately it is up to ships to determine how they will meet this requirement…