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.
New AIS basestations strengthen maritime traffic monitoring on Svalbard
On September 13, 2019, the Norwegian Coastal Administration deployed a new AIS (Automatic Identification System) basestation on the island of Prins Karls Forland, west of Spitsbergen. This basestation is powered by solar and wind energy, and is the first of its kind in an area without infrastructure.
Digital Route Service is available from Sandefjord to Haugesund
From June 3, 2019, routes and route information will be available for vessels arriving ports in Skagerrak and Rogaland. This is an extension of the Digital Route Service that was launched in the Oslofjord in 2018.
Contact information for transition of sector lights to IALA Standard
Below you will find contact information to persons who can answer questions on the transition of sector lights to IALA standards.
Russian nuclear power plant without fuel to be transported along the Norwegian coastline
The transport of the Russian floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov" started Friday the 27th of April from St. Petersburg heading to Murmansk. The nuclear power plant will not have nuclear fuel on board during transport, but the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Agency will nevertheless follow the transport closely along the Norwegian coast.
Introducing New Regulations for Pilot Bookings
On April 3, 2018, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) will introduce new booking regulations for requesting marine pilots. The regulations will thus be formalized and merged into one set ‒ Regulations on Compulsory Pilotage.
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