The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon begin underwater blasting and dredging work in Karmsundet, Rogaland. During the first week of February work will start at Garpeskjær, Haugesund, and the work in this area will be completed in the end of February.
The construction unit will thereafter move to the port of Husøy, located further south in Karmsundet, where three underwater reefs will be blasted and dredged. The work at Husøy will be completed by October 2014, after which navigational aids will be established in the fairway.
Construction areas will be temporarily marked by buoys. A navigational warning of the construction work is issued via Notices to Mariners (Efs).
During the work period, dredged mass will be transported on a regular basis by barge to the landfill area of Killingøy, located north of Haugesund.
Kvitsøy VTS, the Vessel Traffic Service centre, will provide information on blast schedules to incoming commercial traffic. VHF channel 14 is the established channel for information from and communication with Kvitsøy VTS. Vessels must continuously monitor and maintain listening watch on VHF channel 19.
All vessels sailing in Karmsundet should proceed with caution and reduced speed to avoid swell, and follow navigational aids and information provided by the construction unit on VHF channel 16. The construction unit will be equipped with AIS (automatic identification system).
A siren will sound prior to blasting.
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.
Undergoing final Quality Assurance
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
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.
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