Compulsory pilotage is set down in the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations. The regulations stipulate which vessels are subject to compulsory pilotage and the waters where the requirement applies. The compulsory pilotage requirement can be met by either employing a pilot or by use of a Pilot Exemption Certificate.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible for the state pilotage service. The aim of the pilotage service is to safeguard traffic at sea and protect the environment by ensuring that vessels operating in Norwegian waters have navigators with adequate qualifications for safe navigation.
How to book a pilot
Pilot bookings are made electronically in the SafeSeaNet Norway messaging service.
Pilot Exemption Certificate
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The pilotage fees consist of the pilotage readiness fee, pilotage service fee and pilot exemption certificate fee.
Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)
The Norwegian Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) offers three types of services based on national regulations and international recommendations:
LRIT Ships that change the following data are required to notify the Norwegian Coastal Administration:
Report irregularities and obstructions
Many of the permanent navigational aids along the coast are automated and unmanned. It is therefore important that mariners notify the Norwegian Coastal Administration of any irregularities in the navigational installations.
- Pilots board the vessels at the designated embarkation marks along the coast by means of a pilot boat or helicopter.
- On board the vessels the pilot acts as an advisor and provides the crew with the necessary knowledge of the fairways to and from Norwegian ports.
- The pilotage service is available 24 hours a day, all year round.
- The pilotage service is financed by the fees paid by the shipping trade that utilises the service.
- The pilotage service also includes the dispatch of pilots, transport services and the pilot exemption certificate scheme.
- Every year the pilotage service performs around 45,000 assignments nationwide.
- Pilot operations are carried out by the regional sea traffic offices under the management of pilot masters.
- Nationwide the Norwegian Coastal Administration has just under 290 active pilots, stationed at 18 pilot stations.
Increased oil spill preparedness in ice-filled waters
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has signed a contract for the delivery of more resilient oil containment booms for use in ice-filled waters.
Our emergency resources and action safeguarded the environment
On the 22nd of February a vessel came close to running aground at Jæren. There was a great risk of acute pollution of a vulnerable natural area.
Tide Carrier: Government operation concluded
The Norwegian Coastal Administration declared the follow-up of the disabled vessel Tide Carrier near Feistein in Jæren to be a government operation from 16:18 on Wednesday 22 February.
What happens when an oil tanker and a chemical tanker collide in Skagerrak?
The detailed planning of the largest emergency exercise ever held in Norway has started. Last week all the participating countries and organizations met in Horten, Norway, for an initial planning conference.
Historical response exercise in Skagerrak
An increase in incidents involving chemical spills spills, previous incidents and an increased maritime traffic forms the backdrop for the largest oil and chemical pollution exercise ever held in Norway.
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