The Pilotage Act lays down the legal framwork for compulsory pilotage, duties of the pilot and the master during pilotage, the principles of Pilotage Exemption Certificates and fees related to the pilot services.
The aim of the Pilotage Act is to ensure sufficient knowledge of local waters on board the vessel and thereby contribute to safeguarding traffic at sea.
The duties of the Norwegian Coastal Administration pursuant to the Pilotage Act include the organisation of the pilot services, dispatch of pilots, administration of the Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme, stipulation and collection of fees, pilot training and licence verification for the various pilot licences, and supervisory, control and enforcement functions.
The Pilotage Act applies to Norwegian internal waters and the territorial sea, and it has also been made applicable to Svalbard.
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.
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.
Automated control of vessels using Pilot Exemption Certificates
In November, the Norwegian Coastal Administration introduced a digital tool that improves and automates the process of uncovering compulsory pilotage violations. Monitoring compulsory pilotage, including the Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme, helps ensure a high degree of safety along the coast.
Testing clean-up preparedness off Svalbard
A recent planning conference has set objectives for an oil spill response exercise planned by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in cooperation with the governor of Svalbard.
Preparing for increased shipping in the high North
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is already starting measures this year to increase the safety at sea around Svalbard. It is occurring as a result of an expected increase in traffic in the waters around the archipelago.
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