Developments within the EU have a direct impact on the Norwegian Coastal Administration's services, and the NCA therefore participates actively in the most important forums for safety at sea in the EU.
Norway is a member of the EU inner market through the EEA Agreement in the same manner as full members of the EU. Since the inner market is based on common regulations for all the member states in the EU and EEA, Norway is also bound to integrate the EU regulations in the EEA Agreement on a continuous basis. This applies also to regulations that affect the Norwegian Coastal Administration's areas of responsibility.
EMSA – European Maritime Safety Agency
EMSA is the EU agency for maritime safety and preparedness for acute pollution. The EMSA is to be an advisory body to the European Commission in connection with the development, updating and implementation of EU regulations related to safety at sea and the environment. In addition, the EMSA is also responsible for the development and management of technical solutions related to the implementation of these regulations and the provision of technical assistance to member countries. This entails, for example, facilitating cooperation related to reporting services and the exchange of information on shipping traffic.
EMSA has several active working groups related to the development and management of these systems, in which the Norwegian Coastal Administration makes an active contribution.
MARSEC - Maritime Security Regulatory Committee
The MARSEC committee was established in 2004 in order to ensure that the EU regulations related to port facility security (ISPS) are implemented in the member states. The committee is also supposed to develop the tools necessary for the implementation. MARSEC is also an important forum where the responsible authorities can exchange experiences with the practice and enforcement of the regulations.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible for the implementation of regulations related to port facility security in Norway and therefore participates actively in MARSEC together with the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.
Work will now begin on the Stad Ship Tunnel
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has received the assignment letter from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which gives a green light to start preparations for the construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel.
Safer Shipping in the Arctic
ArcticInfo is a website that provides information about the conditions in Arctic waters, and decision support to support safer voyages. By increasing maritime safety in the High North, we reduce the risk of unwanted incidents and accidents.
New AI monitoring tool introduced in the VTS service
The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon introduce a new digital decision support tool based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that provides more automated monitoring of ship traffic. The tool gives VTS centres a better basis for earlier detection of unwanted and critical traffic situations.
Fees for 2021
Fees for 2021 have increased to meet the expected increase in prices and wages by 2.1 per cent on average in 2021. The Norwegian government will finance the loss in income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
The NCA will build the world's first ship tunnel
Following the government's budget negotiations, funds have been set aside for the start-up of the Stad Ship Tunnel in 2021. The project is now estimated to cost NOK 3.45 billion.
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