With effect from January 1, 2014, there will be changes to the regulations relating to maritime traffic in specific waters. In general, the regulation applies to vessels with a maximum length of 24 meters or more and to vessels regardless of size when transporting particularly hazardous liquid and/or pollutive cargo in bulk.
To the provisions regarding the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center at Kvitsøy, the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose amendments to the Traffic Separation Schemes at Skudenesfjorden and at Feistein.
To the provisions regarding the area of the Vessel Traffic Service center at Fedje, the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose an expansion of the service area to include the waters at Vatlestraumen and Hjelteskjæret at the approach into the city of Bergen. In connection with the expansion the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose the establishment of new fairway restrictions. Further the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose to prohibit passage of vessel traffic in the safety zone around the oil refinery at Mongstad.
Other proposed amendments include the repeal of the provisions regarding the mandatory Traffic Separation Schemes in the territorial waters between Vardø and Nordkapp.
A synopsis of the major amendments to the Norwegian regulations relating to maritime traffic in specific waters can be found under related documents.
Kystverket skal sammen med samarbeidspartnere i Sverige, Danmark, Frankrike, Belgia og Malta finne ut hvordan man på best mulig måte kan bekjempe utslipp av lav-svoveldrivstoff.
Will recommend oil protection equipment and methods for new low-sulphur fuel types
The Norwegian Coastal Administration will over the next two years work with partners in Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium and Malta to find what responses will work best in the event of an oil spill of low sulphur fuel.
New digital routes available at routeinfo.no
112 new digital routes and waypoints are now available for vessels planning port calls from Haugesund to Stad in Western Norway. Routeinfo.no provides quality-assured sailing routes and route information for mariners.
Fees for 2020: Reduction in Safety Fees and increase in Pilotage Fee
The Safety Fees are reduced by 2.7 per cent on average. The Pilotage Service Fee and Pilotage Readiness Fee are increased by 4.3 per cent, while the Pilot Exemption Certificate Fee is increased by 2.3 per cent.
New AIS basestations strengthen maritime traffic monitoring on Svalbard
On September 13, 2019, the Norwegian Coastal Administration deployed a new AIS (Automatic Identification System) basestation on the island of Prins Karls Forland, west of Spitsbergen. This basestation is powered by solar and wind energy, and is the first of its kind in an area without infrastructure.
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