The duty to report to customs is regulated in the the Movement of Goods Act and the Customs Duty Act (in Norwegian only).
In SafeSeaNet, ships may report to the NMA in accordance with the Regulations on Port State Control
The change requires reporting of the actual time of arrival and the actual time of departure.
See more information about Port State Control here
Ships must also report the amount of waste they want to deliver to port. This follows from Chapter 20 of the Regulations relating to limiting pollution (in Norwegian only).
For more information, see the Norwegian Environment Agency's comments on Chapter 20 of the Regulations: Delivery and receipt of waste and cargo debris from ships (in Norwegian only).
The NMA is responsible for the follow-up of the provision on the ships' duty to report in SafeSeaNet Norway.
Masters of foreign non-military vessels with a length in excess of 24 metres or tonnage of more than 50 gross tonnes that plan to enter Norwegian internal waters have a duty to report. They are required to notify the Norwegian authorities at least 24 hours prior to arrival in internal waters.
The duty to report is regulated by the following:
Regulations relating to Foreign Vessels’ Calls at and Navigation in Norwegian Territorial Waters (in Norwegian only)
Pursuant to Section 20 of the Immigration Act and Section 4-24 of the Immigration Regulations, masters of ships that will cross the border on their way to or from a Norwegian port must give the police prior notice of crew, passengers and any stowaways.
Advance notice must, where possible, be given at least 24 hours prior to arrival at/departure from the port. For ships that will cross the border on their way out of a Norwegian port, the time of departure must also be given.
The duty to report is regulated by the following:
Under the Sales Tax Act (in Norwegian only) and Chapter 3-19 of the Sales Tax Regulations (in Norwegian only), a tax is imposed on emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from stipulated sources of energy production. Foreign vessels can report this in SafeSeaNet Norway (SSNN).
See the Norwegian Tax Administration for more details.
All vessels with a gross tonnage of 300 or more must report ports of call in Norway. Exceptions apply to vessels under military command, non-commercial official vessels and fishing vessels, recreational craft and historic vessels that are less than 45 metres in length. This means that fishing vessels, recreational craft and historic vessels of 300 GT or more, AND that are 45 metres in length or more, must report in accordance with this provision.
Vessels in regular service may be exempt from the duty to report. Read more under ‘Exemptions from the duty to report’ below.
Sections 4 and 8 must be viewed in conjunction with each other here. The report must contain the following information:
Identification of the vessel (name, call sign, IMO identification or MMSI number) Port of destination Total number of people on board Gross tonnage of vessel Length of vessel Volume of cargo Total load volume Expected time of arrival at port of destination Expected time of departure from port of destination
All vessels carrying hazardous or noxious cargo must report their arrival/departure. There is no lower size limit for vessels reporting under this provision. Definitions of hazardous and noxious cargo are given in Section 2 d) and e) of the regulations on the duty to report.
In addition, all vessels with a gross tonnage of more than 1000 carrying bunker fuel or lubricating oil for use on board, must report hazardous or noxious cargo. In practice, this means that all vessels with a gross tonnage of more than 1000 must report hazardous or noxious cargo.
Exceptions apply to vessels under military command, non-commercial official vessels and fishing vessels, recreational craft and historic vessels that are less than 45 metres in length. This means that fishing vessels, recreational craft and historic vessels that are 45 metres in length or more, and are carrying hazardous or noxious cargo, must report in accordance with this provision.
Vessels in regular service may be exempt from the duty to report.
Sections 4 and 11 must be viewed in conjunction with each other here. The report must contain the following information:
In international waters, all passenger ships (including high-speed passenger craft) and cargo ships (including high-speed vessels) with a gross tonnage of 500 or more, and mobile offshore drilling units with their own propulsion, must report their ports of call in Norway.
All ships with an International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) are regarded as being in international waters at all times.
The report must include the details requested in the MARSEC form. The form itself should not be used – it is only used here to show what information needs to be provided by the vessel.
Notice must be given at least 24 hours prior to arrival at the port of destination. If the voyage is expected to last less than 24 hours, notice of arrival must be given before the vessel leaves the previous port.
Where a vessel does not know the port of destination, this must be reported as soon as this information becomes available. This will typically apply to fishing vessels.
Reports to port authorities and the Norwegian Coastal Administration are to be sent via SafeSeaNet Norway
Exemptions may be granted from reporting ports of call and hazardous and noxious cargo as stipulated in Sections 8 and 11 of Regulation no. 1790 of 21 December 2015 on vessels’ reporting obligations under the Harbour Act.
Vessels in regular service that have been granted an exemption from the duty to report ISPS ports of call under Article 7 of the Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security, are also exempt from the duty to report pursuant to Regulation no. 1790 of 21 December 2015 on vessels’ reporting obligations under the Harbour Act.
When the vessel is included in the aforementioned lists and the ‘Is Approved’ column shows ‘Yes’, the exemption is considered granted. The shipping company is required to enter vessels and routes in SafeSeaNet Norway (SSNN) in line with the regulations. In addition, the Norwegian Coastal Administration carries out spot compliance checks.
Delays of more than three hours must be registered in SSNN. Consequently, all vessels or shipping companies that are exempt from the duty to report still need to create a user account in SSNN.
The shipping company must have an electronic system or work routines that enable them to have the relevant information available for sending to the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
The contact point registered by the shipping company in the list must be able to provide information around the clock, 365 days a year. Electronic format refers to the sending of information by email or submitting a port of call or HAZMAT report in SSNN.
The vessels are to be listed in the new exemption module in SSNN.