Compulsory pilotage is set down in the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations. The regulations stipulate which vessels are subject to compulsory pilotage and the waters where the requirement applies. The compulsory pilotage requirement can be met by either employing a pilot or by use of a Pilot Exemption Certificate.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible for the state pilot service. The aim of the pilot service is to safeguard traffic at sea and protect the environment by ensuring that vessels operating in Norwegian waters have navigators with adequate qualifications for safe navigation.
How to book a pilot
Pilot bookings are made electronically in the SafeSeaNet Norway messaging service.
Pilot Exemption Certificate
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The pilotage fees consist of the pilotage readiness fee, pilotage service fee and pilot exemption certificate fee.
- Pilots board the vessels at the designated embarkation marks along the coast by means of a pilot boat or helicopter.
- On board the vessels the pilot acts as an advisor and provides the crew with the necessary knowledge of the fairways to and from Norwegian ports.
- The pilotage service is available 24 hours a day, all year round.
- The pilotage service is financed by the fees paid by the shipping trade that utilises the service.
- The pilotage service also includes the dispatch of pilots, transport services and the pilot exemption certificate scheme.
- Every year the pilotage service performs around 45,000 assignments nationwide.
- Pilot operations are carried out by the regional sea traffic offices under the management of pilot masters.
- Nationwide the Norwegian Coastal Administration has just under 290 active pilots, stationed at 18 pilot stations.
World’s first wireless network at sea
Norway is the first nation in the world to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service. The system enables exchange of information that can be crucial in limiting damage when accidents occur.
Ship tunnel project ready for next phase
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has received the result of the extensive work done by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) as commissioned by the Ministry in 2015. The delivery includes a technical pre-project, approved regulatory plans with impact assessment, and a central project management document. Thus, the project is ready for quality assurance phase 2 (KS 2)
NCA will build the world’s first ship tunnel
It is now formally stated that Stad Ship Tunnel is part of the Norwegian National Transport Plan (NTP) in the period of 2018 to 2029. This paves the way for the Norwegian Coastal Administration efforts to build the world's first full-scale ship tunnel.
Maritime Safety Analysis 2015
The NCA elaborated the report Maritime Safety in Norwegian Waters 2015 - 2040. The analysis was given to The Norwegain Department of Transport and Communications. It is an important basis for further work on maritime safety, both nationally and internationally.
The pubication serves as a fundament for decisionmaking on future martime safety in Norwegain waters, and on how to prioritize and scale activites and measures to meet future maritime traffic and new technologies.
Increased oil spill preparedness in ice-filled waters
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has signed a contract for the delivery of more resilient oil containment booms for use in ice-filled waters.
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