With effect from January 1, 2013, there will be changes to the regulations relating to maritime traffic in specific waters. In general, the regulation applies to vessels with a maximum length of 24 meters or more and to vessels regardless of size when transporting particularly hazardous liquid and/or pollutive cargo in bulk.
Amendments to the common provisions include regulations regarding the requirement for a sailing clearance from a Vessel Traffic Service center. A request for sailing clearance from a vessel must be sent to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, not less than one hour before entering a Vessel Traffic Service area or leaving port/ anchorage in an area.
Special requirement for vessels that transports hazardous liquid and/or pollutive cargo in bulk do no longer apply. The following information must always be provided in a request for clearance:
- Vessel’s international call sign and name
- Planned route and port of call
- If the vessel is located outside the Vessel Traffic Service centre’s geographical area: estimated time of arrival at the outer limit of the area, as well as the estimated arrival time at the port, mooring or anchorage site.
- If the vessel is located within the Vessel Traffic Service centre’s geographical area: the estimated time of departure.
Amendments to the provisions regarding Oslofjorden in the area of the Vessel Traffic Service centers at Horten and Oslo, include the establishment of a safety zone around the terminal at Slagentangen and the establishment of capacity limitations in the waters south of Tønsberg.
Amendments to the provisions regarding the waters in Grenland in the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center in Brevik, include amendments to the capacity limitations in Kalvenløpet and an amendment to the limitations regarding the use of escort vessels in Brevikstrømmen.
Amendments to the provisions regarding the waters in Rogaland County and parts of Hordaland County in the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center at Kvitsøy includes the establishment of Traffic Separation Schemes at Skudenesfjorden and at Feistein. Further there are amendments to the provisions regarding Karmsundet, the waters around the Kårstø terminal and the port of Stavanger.
Amendments to the provisions regarding the waters in Hordaland County in the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center at Fedje, includes the expansion of the Vessel Traffic Service area. The area is expanded east to include the Sløvåg terminal, and west to include the waters used for pilot boarding by helicopter.
Other amendments include the repeal of the requirement to request clearance before sailing to the terminal at Nyhamna in Møre og Romsdal County. Further there are small amendments to the provisions regarding the waters around Melkøya at Hammerfest and the waters around Svalbard at Bellsund and Van Mijenfjorden.
From January 1st, 2013, all national regulations relating to ships' routeing like Traffic Separation Schemes, are incorporated into the regulations relating to maritime traffic in specific waters.
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The Norwegian Coastal Administration is working on salvaging Eemslift Hendrika
There is still a risk that the ship may capsize and pose an environmental hazard.
New regulation on Svalbard
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