In the event of an acute pollution incident, the fate of the natural environment depends on an organisation with sufficient capacity and expertise to respond quickly enough to limit the scope of damage.
- To be optimally prepared to implement sufficient damage-limiting measures through our own response operation by conducting extensive annual drills, in-house training, etc.
- To be an active partner in national and international agreements, with specific focus on the High North and Russia.
- To be proactive in the further development of oil spill response equipment in cooperation with other users and producers, with specific focus on use in adverse weather conditions, darkness and ice.
- Establish preparedness against acute chemical pollution in proportion to the environmental risk and in compliance with the OPRC-HNS Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances.
- Ensure that experience from previous response operations is used in the ongoing efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response. Above all, the capacity of near-coast and beach cleanup operations must be enhanced, with specific focus on methods, guidelines, incident command systems, waste management and health, safety & environment issues.
- Improve emergency response by building the capacity of both in-house staff and our external partners, by such measures as:
- Further developing national and international agreements on mutual assistance and cooperation in the event of acute pollution incidents.
- Improving the training of personnel involved in governmental emergency response.
- Implementing the results of the integrated capacity building project.
- Improving the Coastal Administration’s system for experience transfer from training, drills and actual incidents.
- Implement the recommendations from the environmental risk and contingency analysis in order to optimize emergency response.
- Clarify the organisation and implementation of national dispersant preparedness.
- Improve emergency off-loading preparedness in accordance with assessments and experience.
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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