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.
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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