Maritime Operations Centre

The Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) is based in the Avalon Television Studios building in Lower Hutt and is a facility designed and managed by Kordia for Maritime New Zealand. 


This purpose built operations centre is staffed continuously by shift personnel who monitor maritime radio traffic as well as movements of all marine vessels in the New Zealand maritime area of responsibility (NAVAREA XIV). This area corresponds to the New Zealand search and rescue region. 

SAR Role

The MOC continuously monitors international distress frequencies in both the HF and VHF bands for SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) responsibilities. The MOC monitors NAVAREA XIV – the largest area of responsibility in the world, stretching from the equator to the South Pole and from half way across the Tasman Sea to halfway towards South America. This area equates to 30 million square kilometres of ocean that makes up 12.5% of the earth’s total water surface.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020