The report “Experiences from oil spills at the Norwegian coast. A summary of environmental effects“ contains a brief description of the environmental monitoring carried out after the four largest oil spills from vessels in Norwegian waters over the past ten years: the “Rocknes” in 2004, the “Server” in 2007, the “Full City” in 2009 and the “Godafoss” in 2011.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible for governmental preparedness against acute pollution, and has nation-wide administrative authority in the case of acute pollution incidents. This responsibility also entails making sure that preparedness is appropriately dimensioned in proportion to the risk.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration’s Department for Emergency Response
- Exercises the government’s responsibility for preparedness against acute pollution.
- Located at the Centre for Marine Environment and Safety in Horten (SMMS), with regional offices in Bergen and Tromsø.
- Responsible for preventing and identifying acute pollution.
- In the event of acute pollution incidents, the Department shall ensure that the responsible polluter or local municipality implements the necessary response measures.
- Maintain the government’s responsibility for 24/7 preparedness against acute pollution.
- Coordinating and training private, municipal and government resources for preparedness in a national contingency system.
- Improving government preparedness by organising courses and training programmes, and by developing new equipment and methods.
- Following up a broad range of national and international agreements concerning notification and assistance, and being proactive in international work on acute pollution response.
Ensuring that action is taken by the responsible polluter or local municipality according to the obligation to respond.
- Making demands on the responsible polluter in the event of acute pollution incidents
Investing in and maintaining response equipment deployed at government depots and on vessels involved in the contingency system.
- Monitoring shipwrecks and implementing necessary measures to reduce environmental risk.
Ensuring appropriate national emergency towing preparedness.
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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