With effect from January 1, 2014, 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.
To the provisions regarding the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center at Kvitsøy, the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose amendments to the Traffic Separation Schemes at Skudenesfjorden and at Feistein.
To the provisions regarding the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center at Fedje, the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose an expansion of the service area to include the waters at Vatlestraumen and Hjelteskjæret at the approach into the city of Bergen. In connection with the expansion the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose the establishment of new fairway restrictions. Further the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose to prohibit passage of vessel traffic in the safety zone around the oil refinery at Mongstad.
Other proposed amendments include the repeal of the provisions regarding the mandatory Traffic Separation Schemes in the territorial waters between Vardø and Nordkapp.
A synopsis of the major amendments to the Norwegian regulations relating to maritime traffic in specific waters can be found under related documents.
New AIS satellite launched
The new Norwegian satellite NorSat-3, launched successfully on April 29 2021. It will improve monitoring vessel traffic in Norwegian vast sea areas.
A New Proposal for Revised Maritime Traffic Regulations
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
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.
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
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.
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