New Norwegian regulations on the use of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas and the use of specific waters came into effect from October 1st, 2015.
In general the regulation applies to vessels with a maximum length of 24 meters or more and to vessels transporting particularly hazardous or pollutive cargo.
From October 1st, 2015, vessels must maintain listening watch on VHF channel 71 within the VTS area of the VTS centre in Vardø. The VTS area covers the waters from Lopphavet, through Sørøysundet to Revsbotn.
Vessels transporting particularly hazardous or pollutive cargo and vessels with a length of more than 150 meters must request a sailing clearance before using the VTS area.
Questions about the use of the VTS area can be forwarded to the VTS centre in Vardø, telephone number +47 78 98 98 98 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From October 1st, 2015, the VTS area of the center in Horten is extended to include the existing VTS area of the Port VTS in Oslo. The center in Horten will provide VTS services in the extended area on VHF working channel 19.
For more information about the new regulations, please contact your local VTS centre.
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
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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
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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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