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.
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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