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.
Changing Norwegian Sector Lights to Fit IALA Standards
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.
Contact information for transition of sector lights to IALA Standard
Below you will find contact information to persons who can answer questions on the transition of sector lights to IALA standards.
New whistle blowing channel established
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
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.
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