The Norwegian Coastal Administration uses AIS data from Norwegian satellites AISSat-1, AISSat-2, NorSat-1 and NorSat-2 to monitor vessel traffic in sea areas off the coast of Norway and Svalbard.
AISSat is developed by the Norwegian Coastal Administration in cooperation with the Norwegian Space Centre, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Kongsberg Seatex.
Facts about AISSat:
- Nanosatellites measuring 20 x 20 x 20 cm.
- Travels in a polar orbit at an altitude of around 600 kilometres. Have long range and observes extensive sea areas.
- Passes over sea areas near Norway and receives AIS information from ship traffic every 10 minutes.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration distributes AIS information to other governmental agencies in Norway. The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) centre in Vardø, responsible for monitoring ship traffic in the Norwegian maritime zone, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centres, receive AIS signals from ships in the Norwegian maritime zone directly into their monitoring systems through the AIS satellite service.
Satellite-based AIS information make it easier and quicker for Vessel Traffic Service centres and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centres to get an overview of ship traffic, locate the position of ships in distress or ships requiring assistance, and to locate nearby ships that can provide assistance. Satellite-based AIS also enable authorities to identify vessels that are responsible for oil spills in the maritime zone.
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.
Contact information for transition of sector lights to IALA Standard
Below you will find contact information to persons who can answer questions on the transition of sector lights to IALA standards.
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.
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