21 Dec 2010

Shipping company wins appeal against Maritime NZ

5:45 pm on 21 December 2010

A Nelson company which provided services for the commercial shipping industry has won a legal challenge against Maritime New Zealand.

In 2009 the director of Maritime New Zealand withdrew approval of Survey Nelson Ltd as a safe ship management company and the company challenged that ruling in the High Court.

Earlier this year, the High Court ruled that the director's cancellation notice was inadequate, but did not quash her decision.

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday overturned the decison and declared that the withdrawal of approval was invalid. It quashed the director's decision and reinstated the company's approval to operate as a safe ship management company.