When major incidents of acute pollution are reported to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, pollution response personnel and equipment are mobilized immediately. In the event of oil spills, the mobilization is carried out in cooperation with the affected regional/municipal authority or polluter according to the Coastal Administration’s contingency plan against acute pollution. In response to chemical pollution incidents, other resources may also be involved.
Phases of response operations:
- Situation assessment; setting up the operation’s goals and evaluate the environmental impact
- Mobilization (personnel/equipment)
- Spill recovery at incident site
- Protecting high priority environmental resources
- Limiting further spill migration
- Recovery of pollutant
- Rough clean-up
- Thorough clean-up
- Further monitoring of impacted area if necessary
- Environmental investigations to assess the scope of damage
Experience has shown that acute, near-shore oil spills generally lead to shoreline contamination. It is therefore important to secure the oil inshore to prevent further spreading by tides and currents.
To prevent the shoreline cleanup operation itself from inflicting further damage on the area, the most environment-friendly cleaning methods are used. A pollution response operation may take from a few days to several months, and involve a lot of people and considerable material resources. Oil spill response operations are thus very costly.
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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