IALA is an international, non-governmental, technical organisation that seeks to harmonise maritime services and infrastructure and develop international guidelines and standards.
The organisation provides the responsible authorities, manufacturers and consultants in the area of maritime services and infrastructure an opportunity to exchange their experiences and results.
Experts from all over the world meet through IALA's technical committees for the purpose of developing common standards and guidelines.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) participates actively on a number of the IALA's committees and forums that perform work of technical and strategic importance to the NCA:
- VTS (Vessel Traffic Services): standardisation of training, technical equipment, exchange of data, etc.
- e-NAV (electronic/enhanced navigation): standardisation of AIS and radio navigation services.
- ANM (Aids to Navigation Management): guidelines and recommendations for navigation devices.
- EEP (Engineering, Environmental and Preservation): standards for the cultural-historical management of properties and objects worthy of preservation.
- PAF (Pilotage Authority Forum): guidelines and standardisation of the pilot service.
- LAP (Legal Advisory Panel): deals with legal problems related to the IALA's area of activity and prepares recommendations.
Norway is also represented on the IALA's highest body (IALA Council) by the Norwegian Coastal Administration's Director General. The Norwegian Coastal Administration also heads the Pilotage Authority Forum.
New AIS satellite launched
The new Norwegian satellite NorSat-3, launched successfully on April 29 2021. It will improve monitoring vessel traffic in Norwegian vast sea areas.
A New Proposal for Revised Maritime Traffic Regulations
On behalf of the Ministry of Transport the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have prepared a proposal for revised Maritime Traffic Regulations.
Eemslift Hendrika towed to safe harbour
A lot happened during some hectic hours last night, Wednesday 7th of April. First, the Norwegian Coastal Administration mobilized according to their contingency plan against acute pollution. Salvage crews managed to get on board the drifting vessel Eemslift Hendrika and to connect it to the two tugboats, and the vessel is now being towed to harbour in Ålesund.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is working on salvaging Eemslift Hendrika
There is still a risk that the ship may capsize and pose an environmental hazard.
New regulation on Svalbard
On 12 March 2021, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications laid down a new regulation on ports and fairways on Svalbard. From the same date two other regulations were repealed.
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