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 pilot service. The aim of the pilot 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.
- 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.
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 maelstrom’s 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.
Automated control of vessels using Pilot Exemption Certificates
In November the Norwegian Coastal Administration introduced a digital tool that improves and automates the process of uncovering compulsory pilotage violations. Monitoring compulsory pilotage, including the Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme, helps ensure a high degree of safety along the coast.
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