The most important part of contingency planning is to implement measures that can prevent the occurrence of acute pollution incidents. Several departments within the Norwegian Coastal Administration are responsible for the prevention of acute pollution, e.g., through marine safety measures.
- Enhance international cooperation on preparedness against acute pollution, especially in the High North, by initiating and participating in assessments and development work, and by developing and strengthening bilateral relations with Russia and the other stakeholders in the region through participation in the Arctic Council and other relevant forums.
- Survey and assure the quality of ports of refuge along the entire coast of Norway, including Svalbard, and integrate these in the Coastal Administration’s contingency plan.
Provide public access to information about the location and suitability of these ports via the online map service “Kystinfo kartløsning”.
- Improve the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps for Svalbard.
- Secure access to relevant resources for efficient surveillance of acute pollution incidents, make new aerial surveillance contracts, ensuring that the aircraft is equipped with the best technology available, and facilitate the co-utilisation of the aircraft by other public agencies and the petroleum industry.
- Establish sufficient, nation-wide emergency towing preparedness based on hired vessels, make agreements with the towboat industry, the petroleum industry and neighboring countries, and ensure the further improvement of emergency towing services.
- Make recommendations for how to deal with shipwrecks containing oil or other harmful substances that pose an unacceptable environmental risk, to avoid any future threat to the environment by the wreck
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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