Very few countries have sufficient resources for combating oil spills and other pollution incidents on their own. Norway therefore cooperates closely with other nations on mutual assistance in the following agreements and forums:
Denmark including Greenland and the Faroe island, Iceland, Finland including Åland island, Sweden and Norway are parties to this agreement, which covers mutual notification, assistance and aerial surveillance of oil and other chemicals at sea.
In order to limit acute oil and chemical pollution in the North Sea including Ireland, all countries bordering on the North Sea have entered into an agreement on mutual notification, assistance and environmental surveillance.
EU ERCC and EMSA
Norway is a member of EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency). The Department for Emergency Response participates in the cooperation on Marine Pollution. The Norwegian Coastal Administration is Norway’s contact unit for notifications and request for assistance related of marine pollution via the Emergency Response Coordination centre (ERCC).
Norway and Russia have signed agreements on, among other issues, mutual notification, drills and combating acute oil spills in the Barents Sea.
Norway and the UK have developed the Norbrit Plan for joint counter pollution operations in the zone extending 50 miles either side of the median line separating the UK and Norwegian continental shelf.
The eight Arctic States signed in 2013 the Agreement on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response on, among other issues, mutual notification, drills and combating acute oil spills in the Arctic.
The Arctic Council consists of eight countries that have interests in the Arctic. The Department for Emergency Response is involved in the Council’s work on acute pollution preparedness through the committee for Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR).
(International Maritime Organization)
The Department for Emergency Response is involved in the IMO’s work on preparedness against acute pollution. Some of our staff participates in the Prevention, Prevention, Response (PPR) sub-committee, which among other things follows up the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation. To a certain extent, the department also participates in the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).
(Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation)
Personnel from the Department for Emergency Response are used as specialist advisers and project managers in connection with agreements with developing countries.
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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