New Norwegian regulations on the use of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas and the use of specific waters came into effect from October 1st, 2015.
In general the regulation applies to vessels with a maximum length of 24 meters or more and to vessels transporting particularly hazardous or pollutive cargo.
From October 1st, 2015, vessels must maintain listening watch on VHF channel 71 within the VTS area of the VTS centre in Vardø. The VTS area covers the waters from Lopphavet, through Sørøysundet to Revsbotn.
Vessels transporting particularly hazardous or pollutive cargo and vessels with a length of more than 150 meters must request a sailing clearance before using the VTS area.
Questions about the use of the VTS area can be forwarded to the VTS centre in Vardø, telephone number +47 78 98 98 98 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From October 1st, 2015, the VTS area of the center in Horten is extended to include the existing VTS area of the Port VTS in Oslo. The center in Horten will provide VTS services in the extended area on VHF working channel 19.
For more information about the new regulations, please contact your local VTS centre.
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