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  1. Kiribati - Seafarers - Law, Act

    Maritime Act 2017. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017 | KIR-2017-L-113882

    This Act provides for the registration and marking of ships in Kiribati and for navigation. It provides that the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC2006), along with other international agreements, have force of law in Kiribati.

    Repeals the following Acts:
    (a) the Merchant Shipping Act 1983;
    (b) the Harbour Ordinance Chapter 40;
    (c) the Shipping Act 1990.

  2. New Zealand - Seafarers - Law, Act

    Maritime Powers Act 2022 (2022 No 23). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2022-05-20 | NZL-2022-L-113894

    The purpose of this Act is toó
    (a) provide clear powers for the enforcement of New Zealandís criminal law in international waters; and
    (b) uphold New Zealandís rights and obligations under international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, consistent with international human rights law.

    Includes power to detain and forfeit ship to the Crown if it arrives in New Zealand under a direction given under section 23(2)(b)(i) including the following:
    - an offence against section 98 of the Crimes Act 1961 (which relates to dealing in slaves;
    - an offence against section 98AA of the Crimes Act 1961 (which relates to dealing in people under 18 for sexual exploitation, removal of body parts, or engagement in forced labour);
    - any offence against sections 98B to 98F of the Crimes Act 1961 (which relate to smuggling and trafficking in people).


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