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.
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.
Undergoing final Quality Assurance
The final quality assurance phase, referred to as KS2, began in September 2017 and will be completed in late spring of 2018.
See Current Conditions in Saltstraumen live on Web Camera
The NCA has established a web camera that transmits live images from Saltstraumen – one of the strongest maelstroms in the world. Live video transmission is an additional service to the automated current forecast, established in September 2017.
Fees for 2018: Reduction in Safety Fees and moderate increase in Pilotage Fee
The fees for 2018 set by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, are noticeably lower than 2017. For 2018, safety fees are reduced by 8.5 per cent on average and the pilot readiness fee is increased by 1.9 per cent on average.
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