The break in the wage negotiations in the public sector will have consequences for maritime traffic in the Oslofjord. 42 pilots in the Oslofjord are taken out on strike.
The strike is a consequence of the break in the wage negotiations between the state and the LO Stat, YS Stat and Unio. The deadline for reaching an agreement was set for Wednesday 23rd of May, at 24:00 hours.
From Thursday, May 24th 06:00, a total of 42 pilots in the Oslofjord was taken out on strike. This represents almost all pilots in the area.
The strike involves a complete stop for all traffic subject to compulsory pilotage in the Oslofjord, except for ships holding a valid Pilot Exemption Certificate.
Preserving traffic safety along the coast is a priority. The NCA’s five Vessel Traffic Service Centres (VTS), including Horten VTS and Brevik VTS, are providing Information Service, Navigation Assistance Service and Traffic Organisation Service as normal.
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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