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.
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)
NCA will build the world’s first ship tunnel
It is now formally stated that Stad Ship Tunnel is part of the Norwegian National Transport Plan (NTP) in the period of 2018 to 2029. This paves the way for the Norwegian Coastal Administration efforts to build the world's first full-scale ship tunnel.
Maritime Safety Analysis 2015
The NCA elaborated the report Maritime Safety in Norwegian Waters 2015 - 2040. The analysis was given to The Norwegain Department of Transport and Communications. It is an important basis for further work on maritime safety, both nationally and internationally.
The pubication serves as a fundament for decisionmaking on future martime safety in Norwegain waters, and on how to prioritize and scale activites and measures to meet future maritime traffic and new technologies.
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.
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