Compulsory pilotage is set down in the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations. The regulations stipulate which vessels are subject to compulsory pilotage and the waters where the requirement applies. The compulsory pilotage requirement can be met by either employing a pilot or by use of a Pilot Exemption Certificate.
How to book a pilot
Pilot bookings are made electronically in the SafeSeaNet Norway messaging service.
Pilot Exemption Certificate
For information on the pec arrangements in Norway, use the menu on the left side. Please contact the PEC unit if you can't find what you are looking for.
From 01.07.2020 there have been some changes to the compulsory pilotage regulations. Our webpage will be updated as soon as the english translation is ready.
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The pilotage fees consist of the pilotage readiness fee, pilotage service fee and pilot exemption certificate fee.
- Pilots board the vessels at the designated embarkation marks along the coast by means of a pilot boat or helicopter.
- On board the vessels the pilot acts as an advisor and provides the crew with the necessary knowledge of the fairways to and from Norwegian ports.
- The pilotage service is available 24 hours a day, all year round.
- The pilotage service is financed by the fees paid by the shipping trade that utilises the service.
- The pilotage service also includes the dispatch of pilots, transport services and the pilot exemption certificate scheme.
- Every year the pilotage service performs around 45,000 assignments nationwide.
- Pilot operations are carried out by the regional sea traffic offices under the management of pilot masters.
- Nationwide the Norwegian Coastal Administration has just under 290 active pilots, stationed at 18 pilot stations.
Amendments to the Routing Schemes in Norwegian Waters
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to amend the routing schemes in Norwegian waters from 1 June 2021 at 00:00 UTC.
New Vessel Traffic Service in Western Norway
Kinn Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is operational from June 1, 2021. The service is applicable for vessel traffic in the area between Florø and Måløy on the west coast of Norway.
New AIS satellite launched
The new Norwegian satellite NorSat-3, launched successfully on April 29 2021. It will improve monitoring vessel traffic in Norwegian vast sea areas.
A New Proposal for Revised Maritime Traffic Regulations
On behalf of the Ministry of Transport the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have prepared a proposal for revised Maritime Traffic Regulations.
New regulation on Svalbard
On 12 March 2021, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications laid down a new regulation on ports and fairways on Svalbard. From the same date two other regulations were repealed.
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