5 Feb 2013

Korean shipping vessel to be investigated

7:28 pm on 5 February 2013

A Korean fishing boat operating in New Zealand waters is to be investigated over allegations it has not been complying with the country's laws.

From May last year foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand waters became subject to the law here, including employment relations and workplace health and safety.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment was alerted to the vessel Sur Este 707, which is currently docked in Timaru, by a fishery observer on board last week.

The vessel is chartered by the Timaru company South East Resources, which has refused to comment.

The observer noted possible issues with vessel safety, excessive working hours and records of work.

Immigration New Zealand's national manager of fraud and compliance, Dean Blackmore, says it is important foreign vessels get the message to follow New Zealand law while in this country's waters.