The IMO is the maritime organisation of the United Nations and the most important forum for international cooperation in the area of safety at sea and the prevention of pollution at sea.
The IMO prepares regulations and standards for international shipping relating to safety at sea (SOLAS Convention, ISPS Code), pollution (MARPOL and OPRC Conventions), certification and training (STCW Convention) and other areas (with a total of around 40 conventions). The IMO has 169 member states and cooperates with over 30 non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The IMO is a technical organisation, and most of the IMO's work takes place in a number of committees and subcommittees, 14 in total. Most of these committees meet for a week every year. The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate appoint and manage the Norwegian delegations to the IMO's committees. The Norwegian Coastal Administration participates on a number of these committees, some on a permanent basis and some on an ad hoc basis.
The most important IMO committees for the Norwegian Coastal Administration are:
- MSC (Maritime Safety Committee).
- MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee).
- NAV (Safety of Navigation).
- COMSAR (Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue).
Important IMO issues for the Norwegian Coastal Administration include:
- Development of the e-navigation concept.
- Development of binding guidelines for ships operating in polar regions (Polar Code).
- Approval of risk-reducing ship routeing measures.
- Approval of ship reporting systems, such as Safe Sea Net (SSN).
- Developments related to Automatic Identification System (AIS).
- Developments related to Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
- Regulations and standards related to the pilot service.
- ISPS Code – International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible with regard to work within the IMO as the coastal state authority and port state control authority.
Preliminary Norwegian meetings, where the relevant agencies and stakeholders participate, are held prior to every IMO meeting, to formulate Norwegian points of view.
Norway contributes to shaping the future of shipping
The globally leading nations on autonomous maritime operations came together today for the very first time. They have now launched a cooperation to exchange knowledge and work towards common guidelines for future development. Norway takes part.
Changes in navigation passing the Maaloy bridge
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will carry out necessary maintenance on the Måløy bridge (Måløybrua) from 31 July 2020 to September 2021. The sailing draft will periodically be lower than normal and the sailing pattern must therefore be temporarily changed.
Nytt forsøk på å fjerne havarert tråler
Tråleren som havarerte i isen i Hinlopenstredet ved Svalbard skal fjernes. Melding om midlertidig ferdselsforbud i området kommer som følge av dette.
New Digital Information Service for Vessel Traffic in the Arctic
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has established a new digital information service to increase safety for vessel traffic in Arctic areas.
Request users of Digital Route Service to give feedback
At routeinfo.no, 118 additional sailing routes and waypoints are now available from Stad to Rørvik. The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) invites users of the Digital Route Service to give feedback in an online survey.
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