The Norwegian Coastal Administration is both user financed and financed over the state budget. Tasks are assigned to the Norwegian Coastal Administration through the state budget and an annual allocation letter is received from the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration's most important tasks are:
- Development and maintenance of fairways and fishing ports
- Aids to navigation services
- Vessel Traffic Services
- Pilot services
- Reporting services and navigational warnings and services
- National preparedness against acute pollution
- Exercising maritime legislation
- Transport planning
- Port Facility Security (ISPS)
The main objective of the NCA is to ensure safe and efficient navigation in the fairways along the coast and into ports, as well as national preparedness for acute pollution.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration participates in coastal planning and exercises authority pursuant to the Harbour and Fairway Act and Pilotage Act, as well as parts of the Pollution Act, Svalbard Environmental Act, and Planning and Building Act.
In order to solve these national tasks, the Norwegian Coastal Administration cooperates widely with other public agencies that are responsible for safety, transport and preparedness in related areas. The Norwegian Coastal Administration also participates actively in international work in our areas of specialisation.
Our activities encompass the maritime sector of the National Transport Plan (NTP), as well as exercising authority and administrative tasks related to the laws and regulations for ports, fairways and compulsory pilotage.
New digital routes available at routeinfo.no
112 new digital routes and waypoints are now available for vessels planning port calls from Haugesund to Stad in Western Norway. Routeinfo.no provides quality-assured sailing routes and route information for mariners.
Fees for 2020: Reduction in Safety Fees and increase in Pilotage Fee
The Safety Fees are reduced by 2.7 per cent on average. The Pilotage Service Fee and Pilotage Readiness Fee are increased by 4.3 per cent, while the Pilot Exemption Certificate Fee is increased by 2.3 per cent.
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.
Updating Norwegian Sector Lights to Fit IALA Standards
In the period 2019 to 2025, the Norwegian Coastal Administration will be reorganizing the sectors of around 1900 sector lights in compliance with the standard defined by IALA.
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