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.
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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