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.
Norway contributes to shaping the future of shipping
The globally leading nations on autonomous maritime operations came together today for the very first time. They have now launched a cooperation to exchange knowledge and work towards common guidelines for future development. Norway takes part.
Changes in navigation passing the Maaloy bridge
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will carry out necessary maintenance on the Måløy bridge (Måløybrua) from 31 July 2020 to September 2021. The sailing draft will periodically be lower than normal and the sailing pattern must therefore be temporarily changed.
New Digital Information Service for Vessel Traffic in the Arctic
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has established a new digital information service to increase safety for vessel traffic in Arctic areas.
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.
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