Wave and current notifications
Published: 10/10/2011, Updated: 12/18/2012
The wave and current notification service provides navigators with information on wave and current conditions up to two days in advance. The notifications apply to particularly exposed stretches along the Norwegian coast.
The wave models provide forecasts for the wave height and direction up to 48 hours in advance. A summary of the wind strength and direction is also provided.
The wave and current notification service should make it easier and safer for passenger vessels to navigate in exposed coastal areas. This service has been developed in cooperation with the users and other Norwegian entities, and it is continuously updated based on the needs of the users.
This service is a useful aid for high-speed boats, ferries and pleasure craft that operate in the exposed stretches. Based on the measurements, passenger services can determine at an early stage whether it is safe to travel in the areas or if alternative land-based transport is required.
The wave models are quality assured daily by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
The wave and current notification service is an important measure for safety at sea, especially for high-speed boats and ferries. This service was established after the loss of the high-speed boat the "MS Sleipner" in 1999, when the Government recommended the deployment of wave notification systems at exposed locations along the coast where there is a lot of high-speed boat traffic (Official Norwegian Report 2000:31).
See links below for wave and current notifications for exposed stretches along the Norwegian coast and other weather data. Please note that the linked pages and their content are in Norwegian only.