To promote safety and navigability on the coast, Vessel Traffic Service centres monitor maritime traffic in the following ways:
In regulated VTS areas
The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) centres monitor and regulate the ship traffic in regulated geographic areas along the Norwegian coast. Established radar sensors, video cameras, meteorological sensors, the Norwegian Coastal Administration's AIS chain, and the SafeSeaNet Norway (SSNN) ship reporting system for ship traffic are important support tools for the traffic control centres in this area.
Outside regulated VTS areas
Control of risk tonnage
With the help of the Norwegian Coastal Administration's AIS chain and the coordination of data against the messaging and reporting system SafeSeaNet Norway (SSNN), it is possible to monitor ship traffic along the coast, even outside the areas that are covered by radar sensors. General monitoring of the entire coastal area does not lie within the mandate of the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration focuses on the transport of hazardous and pollutive substances, as well as large towing jobs. This traffic consists primarily of shipments from Northwest Russia and traffic to and from the Baltic region, as well as traffic in connection with Norwegian activities – including, in particular, the shipping of crude oil and products from the petroleum industry.
Verification of legality
Vessel traffic monitoring is also aimed at verification of the legality of the vessels' use of the coast. This includes, for example, verification of compliance with the compulsory pilotage regulations, regulations relating to pilot exemption certificates and enforcement of the notification regime.
Support in emergencies and crisis situations
The Norwegian Coastal Administration's overview of the maritime traffic situation is an important basis for handling potentially hazardous situations and incidents at sea. The Vessel Traffic Service centres take action by notifying, for example, other governmental agencies or summoning tugboat assistance in the event of undesired or acute incidents at sea. The VTS centres therefore play an important role in the Norwegian Coastal Administration's first-line response to acute pollution and other undesired situations and incidents at sea.
Statistics and documentation
Ship movements that are not monitored by the VTS centres due to legal or other reasons are nevertheless included in databases for subsequent documentation and statistics. The Norwegian Coastal Administration cooperates and exchanges information with other government agencies, such as the Norwegian Armed Forces, Customs, Police, and 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.
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.
Improved Port Service in SafeSeaNet Norway
On Thursday 28th of September 2017, improved port services will become available in the national ship reporting system SafeSeaNet Norway. The updates will enable ships and agents to communicate digitally with Norwegian ports and port facilities.
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