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.
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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