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.
Norway carries out major spill response exercise
SCOPE (Skagerak Chemical Oilspill Pollution Exercise) 2017 is a joint project of the Nordic countries, co-funded by the European Union, and is organised by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).
Improved Port Service in SafeSeaNet Norway
On Thursday 28th of September 2017, improved port services will become available in the national ship reporting system SafeSeaNet Norway. The updates will enable ships and agents to communicate digitally with Norwegian ports and port facilities.
40 Years Since the Bravo Blow Out – what has been done since then?
Many people remember the uncontrolled blow out at the “Bravo” platform in the North Sea in 1977. Some people also remember the hero of the moment, Red Adair, flown in to stop the spill. For those of us who work with emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations, the Bravo accident marks the beginning of the strengthening and development of Norwegian emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations.
World’s first wireless network at sea
Norway is the first nation in the world to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service. The system enables exchange of information that can be crucial in limiting damage when accidents occur.
Ship tunnel project ready for next phase
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has received the result of the extensive work done by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) as commissioned by the Ministry in 2015. The delivery includes a technical pre-project, approved regulatory plans with impact assessment, and a central project management document. Thus, the project is ready for quality assurance phase 2 (KS 2)
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