As of January 1st, 2017, Annex 3 of the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations has been updated. This will result in changes in local restrictions for the use of Pilot Exemption Certificate in several locations on the west and north coast of Norway.
Changes in restrictions when using P.E.C. is relevant for 29 of 37 fairways that have been reviewed by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) on the background of a report made by DNV-GL (no. 2015-1087).
Six of the changes have been introduced in Troms og Finnmark Pilot Area Department, seven in Nordland Pilot Area Department, eight in Møre og Trøndelag Pilot Area Department and eight in Vestlandet Pilot Area Department.
The new restrictions are described in Annex 3 of the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations, which will be available at www.lovdata (in Norwegian only) in the beginning of January.
The changes in the regulations is a continuation of the differentiated Pilot Exemption Certificate regime that was established in January of 2015, which introduced a new three class P.E.C. system. The changes introduced January 1st, 2017, completes an overall review of fairways relating to the new three class P.E.C. system.
The new restrictions will be updated in the P.E.C. maps in SafeSeaNet Norway during the spring of 2017.
If you have questions, please contact the Department for Maritime Traffic.
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