List of news
A New Proposal for Revised Maritime Traffic Regulations
4/16/2021 4:15:11 PM
On behalf of the Ministry of Transport the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have prepared a proposal for revised Maritime Traffic Regulations.
Eemslift Hendrika towed to safe harbour
4/8/2021 12:09:26 AM
A lot happened during some hectic hours last night, Wednesday 7th of April. First, the Norwegian Coastal Administration mobilized according to their contingency plan against acute pollution. Salvage crews managed to get on board the drifting vessel Eemslift Hendrika and to connect it to the two tugboats, and the vessel is now being towed to harbour in Ålesund.
New regulation on Svalbard
3/18/2021 3:00:57 PM
On 12 March 2021, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications laid down a new regulation on ports and fairways on Svalbard. From the same date two other regulations were repealed.
New maritime traffic regulations from April 1st.
3/18/2021 1:50:05 PM
The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications has laid down a new maritime traffic regulation. This will enter into force on 1 of April and will replace the current regulations. The new maritime traffic regulations are largely a continuation of existing regulations, but with some important changes.
Chart providers offer digital sailing routes to Norwegian ports
2/26/2021 1:32:30 PM
Mariners, who subscribe to electronic charts from PRIMAR, now also get access to the Norwegian Coastal Administration's digital reference routes for navigation in PRIMAR’s chart service.
Work will now begin on the Stad Ship Tunnel
2/22/2021 8:26:06 PM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has received the assignment letter from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which gives a green light to start preparations for the construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel.
Safer Shipping in the Arctic
2/18/2021 3:22:59 PM
ArcticInfo is a website that provides information about the conditions in Arctic waters, and decision support to support safer voyages. By increasing maritime safety in the High North, we reduce the risk of unwanted incidents and accidents.
New AI monitoring tool introduced in the VTS service
2/16/2021 12:51:39 PM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon introduce a new digital decision support tool based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that provides more automated monitoring of ship traffic. The tool gives VTS centres a better basis for earlier detection of unwanted and critical traffic situations.
Fees for 2021
12/22/2020 2:25:21 PM
Fees for 2021 have increased to meet the expected increase in prices and wages by 2.1 per cent on average in 2021. The Norwegian government will finance the loss in income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
The NCA will build the world's first ship tunnel
12/4/2020 1:54:51 PM
Following the government's budget negotiations, funds have been set aside for the start-up of the Stad Ship Tunnel in 2021. The project is now estimated to cost NOK 3.45 billion.
Seeking new technology to secure GNSS signals
9/18/2020 3:05:59 PM
Would you like to help develop new support tools for the pilot service? Then you should join the dialogue conference on 28 September.
New Digital Information Service for Vessel Traffic in the Arctic
7/9/2020 12:17:12 PM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has established a new digital information service to increase safety for vessel traffic in Arctic areas.
Request users of Digital Route Service to give feedback
6/25/2020 12:26:58 PM
At routeinfo.no, 118 additional sailing routes and waypoints are now available from Stad to Rørvik. The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) invites users of the Digital Route Service to give feedback in an online survey.
Improved risk assesments in the Arctic
4/24/2020 3:44:36 PM
Sailing and operating in Arctic waters poses more risks than in other regions. Untill now, operators have lacked a proper common tool for risk assessments that includes these specific Arctic Risk Influencing Factors (ARIFs). The Norwegian Coastal Administration has lead an international cooperation to develop such a tool - a tool that will increase maritime safety in the Arctic Region.
Webinar about COSRVA
4/21/2020 3:42:22 PM
Welcome to webinar about COSRVA on Monday April 27th.
New digital routes available at routeinfo.no
1/15/2020 12:21:25 PM
112 new digital routes and waypoints are now available for vessels planning port calls from Haugesund to Stad in Western Norway. Routeinfo.no provides quality-assured sailing routes and route information for mariners.
Fees for 2020: Reduction in Safety Fees and increase in Pilotage Fee
12/20/2019 1:02:37 PM
The Safety Fees are reduced by 2.7 per cent on average. The Pilotage Service Fee and Pilotage Readiness Fee are increased by 4.3 per cent, while the Pilot Exemption Certificate Fee is increased by 2.3 per cent.
New AIS basestations strengthen maritime traffic monitoring on Svalbard
9/24/2019 2:55:18 PM
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
6/3/2019 10:13:36 AM
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.
Updating Norwegian Sector Lights to Fit IALA Standards
2/11/2019 9:15:42 AM
In the period 2019 to 2025, the Norwegian Coastal Administration will be reorganizing the sectors of around 1900 sector lights in compliance with the standard defined by IALA.
New whistle blowing channel established
1/25/2019 9:12:51 AM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has established a new whistleblowing channel. Employees, suppliers, external third parties and the public may report issues and concerns in a secure manner through this whistleblowing channel.
Russian nuclear power plant without fuel to be transported along the Norwegian coastline
5/3/2018 2:49:32 PM
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
3/13/2018 9:12:26 AM
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.
Undergoing final Quality Assurance
2/26/2018 10:57:57 AM
The final quality assurance phase, referred to as KS2, began in September 2017 and will be completed in late spring of 2018.
See Current Conditions in Saltstraumen live on Web Camera
1/15/2018 12:50:16 PM
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
1/3/2018 10:09:48 AM
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
12/5/2017 8:19:51 AM
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.
Norway carries out major spill response exercise
10/4/2017 8:03:30 AM
SCOPE (Skagerak Chemical Oilspill Pollution Exercise) 2017 is a joint project of the Nordic countries, co-funded by the European Union, and is organised by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).
Improved Port Service in SafeSeaNet Norway
9/21/2017 3:39:12 PM
On Thursday 28th of September 2017, improved port services will become available in the national ship reporting system SafeSeaNet Norway. The updates will enable ships and agents to communicate digitally with Norwegian ports and port facilities.
40 Years Since the Bravo Blow Out – what has been done since then?
8/7/2017 1:19:52 PM
Many people remember the uncontrolled blow out at the “Bravo” platform in the North Sea in 1977. Some people also remember the hero of the moment, Red Adair, flown in to stop the spill. For those of us who work with emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations, the Bravo accident marks the beginning of the strengthening and development of Norwegian emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations.
World’s first wireless network at sea
6/27/2017 10:43:37 AM
Norway is the first nation in the world to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service. The system enables exchange of information that can be crucial in limiting damage when accidents occur.
Ship tunnel project ready for next phase
5/18/2017 8:47:39 AM
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has received the result of the extensive work done by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) as commissioned by the Ministry in 2015. The delivery includes a technical pre-project, approved regulatory plans with impact assessment, and a central project management document. Thus, the project is ready for quality assurance phase 2 (KS 2)
NCA will build the world’s first ship tunnel
4/5/2017 12:05:00 PM
It is now formally stated that Stad Ship Tunnel is part of the Norwegian National Transport Plan (NTP) in the period of 2018 to 2029. This paves the way for the Norwegian Coastal Administration efforts to build the world's first full-scale ship tunnel.
Increased oil spill preparedness in ice-filled waters
3/24/2017 1:41:02 PM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has signed a contract for the delivery of more resilient oil containment booms for use in ice-filled waters.
Our emergency resources and action safeguarded the environment
2/28/2017 9:42:33 AM
On the 22nd of February a vessel came close to running aground at Jæren. There was a great risk of acute pollution of a vulnerable natural area.
Tide Carrier: Government operation concluded
2/28/2017 9:35:42 AM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration declared the follow-up of the disabled vessel Tide Carrier near Feistein in Jæren to be a government operation from 16:18 on Wednesday 22 February.
What happens when an oil tanker and a chemical tanker collide in Skagerrak?
2/17/2017 12:13:22 PM
The detailed planning of the largest emergency exercise ever held in Norway has started. Last week all the participating countries and organizations met in Horten, Norway, for an initial planning conference.
Historical response exercise in Skagerrak
1/20/2017 12:35:54 PM
An increase in incidents involving chemical spills spills, previous incidents and an increased maritime traffic forms the backdrop for the largest oil and chemical pollution exercise ever held in Norway.
Changes in local restrictions for use of Pilot Exemption Certificate
1/2/2017 9:32:09 AM
As of January 1st, 2017, Annex 3 of the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations has been updated. This will result in changes in local restrictions for the use of Pilot Exemption Certificate in several locations on the west and north coast of Norway.
You can now work offline in SafeSeaNet Norway
12/12/2016 9:24:12 AM
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has introduced a new spreadsheet, which makes it easier to prefill ship and arrival information offline before sending it in SafeSeaNet Norway. The spreadsheet can be filled out at any time, and does not require an internet connection.
Largest-ever oil cleanup exercise in Svalbard
10/12/2016 2:34:36 PM
“We conclude that we reached the goals we had set for ourselves for the exercise, and now we will go through the learning points and what we should practice more.”
Successful skimmer tests
7/28/2016 10:10:47 AM
The latest tests of its oil skimmer in Norway have brought FORU-Solution of the Netherlands a step closer to making deliveries to the USA.
Pilot Exemption Certificate – General exams now available for offshore navigators
6/27/2016 2:35:00 PM
Navigators that sail between supply bases on the Norwegian mainland and North Sea offshore installations can now apply for PEC-exam specifically for offshore-bases.
Knowledge and collaboration crucial
5/23/2016 10:56:21 AM
Senior adviser Ole Kristian Bjerkemo at the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) highlights knowledge and collaboration as the two most important criteria for good oil spill response – nationally and internationally.
Soon ISPS-ships can report electronically before arriving all Norwegian port facilities
3/29/2016 8:53:14 AM From the 7th of April ISPS-ships shall provide pre-arrival information to all port facilities electronically through the ship reporting system SafeSeaNet Norway.
Aiming to fight oil spills with water
3/16/2016 10:23:33 AM Establishing whether water can replace chemicals in cleaning up oil slicks has moved a step closer after tests at the Norwegian centre for testing of oil spill response equipment in Horten south of Oslo.
Testing clean-up preparedness off Svalbard
3/15/2016 1:11:14 PM A recent planning conference has set objectives for an oil spill response exercise planned by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in cooperation with the governor of Svalbard.
Preparing for increased shipping in the high North
2/12/2016 2:10:44 PM The Norwegian Coastal Administration is already starting measures this year to increase the safety at sea around Svalbard. It is occurring as a result of an expected increase in traffic in the waters around the archipelago.