The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications has laid down a new maritime traffic regulation. This will enter into force on 1 of April and will replace the current regulations. The new maritime traffic regulations are largely a continuation of existing regulations, but with some important changes.
The Maritime Traffic Regulations contain rules on how vessels are to use waters that are monitored by VTS centers (Vessel Traffic Services) and sailing rules for defined areas along the coast. The regulations are an important tool for maritime traffic centers when they monitor and organize ship traffic. The changes have been made to further improve maritime safety in Norwegian waters.
Some of the main changes are:
Adjustments to Fedje VTS area at Kleppestø
The border of Fedje VTS area in Byfjorden is moved eastwards to a line between Øyarodden and Gravdalsneset, see figure under. The change is proposed to ensure that Fedje VTS better can organize the vessel traffic around Kvarven and the outbound traffic from Florvåg.
Regulations on anchoring in Ofotfjorden, Herjangfjorden and Narvikbukta
Ships longer than 150 meters must obtain an approval to anchor in Ofotfjorden, Herjangfjorden or Narvikbukta prior to crossing the Norwegian baseline at Vestfjorden. The regulations also require ships longer than 70 meters to be assigned to a specific anchoring position prior to anchoring in the Narvik area.
The regulation also states seven positions that are possible to use for anchoring in the waters surrounding the port of Narvik, see figure 2 below.
Establishment of a new VTS Area covering the fairway between Florø and Måløy
The regulations draft on public inquiry proposed to establish a new VTS Area covering the fairway between Florø og Måløy. Due to delays regarding technical equipment, this will not be established before 1. June.
Use of English language when communicating on VTS working channels
The Government is still concidering the use of English for vessels over 500 gross tonnes when communicating on VTS working channels.
English translation of the regulations
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A New Proposal for Revised Maritime Traffic Regulations
On behalf of the Ministry of Transport the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have prepared a proposal for revised Maritime Traffic Regulations.
Eemslift Hendrika is secured – wil be towed to safe harbour
A lot happened during some hectic hours last night, Wednesday 7th of April. First, the Norwegian Coastal Administration mobilized according to their contingency plan against acute pollution, salvage crews managed to get on board the drifting vessel Eemslift Hendrika and managed to connect it to the two tugboats, and the vessel is now being towed to harbour in Ålesund.
New regulation on Svalbard
On 12 March 2021, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications laid down a new regulation on ports and fairways on Svalbard. From the same date two other regulations were repealed.
Chart providers offer digital sailing routes to Norwegian ports
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Work will now begin on the Stad Ship Tunnel
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has received the assignment letter from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which gives a green light to start preparations for the construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel.
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