The cargo vessel MV Crete Cement grounded near Aspond outside Fagerstrand on the morning of 19 November 2008.
It became clear that the vessel was in a critical condition and it was therefore decided to beach the vessel into Grisebubukta outside of Fagerstrand. The vessel was loaded with cement and had about 115 ton of heavy oil, 19 ton of marine diesel and 5-6 ton of lubricants on board. On the evening of 19 November, The NCA decided to take over the leading of the response due to the major risk of acute pollution
The area the vessel grounded was in is environmentally vulnerable and has important outdoor and recreational areas for large groups of residents and hosts a lot of overwintering marine species.
The vessel was surrounded by booms on 19 November. Oil began to leak from the wreck the following day. In order to prevent the vessel drifting from the site and sink completely, there was therefore working on inserting mooring bolts into the rock. On 22 November, the shipowner started to unloading the vessel for oil products. The operation continued until the vessel was refloated on 11 December.
The NCA presented a claim to recover the costs the government incurred due to managing the incident. Part of the claim has been paid by the shipowner, but some parts are still disputed. Legal proceedings were started in Oslo City Court, but have been put on hold in anticipation of a legally enforceable decision in the Server case that is expected to settle issues that will be of significance to the Crete Cement claim.
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.
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.
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