The NCA has established a web camera that transmits live images from Saltstraumen – one of the strongest maelstroms in the world. Live video transmission is an additional service to the automated current forecast, established in September 2017.
Note that you must have an updated browser to gain access. The video is not accessible in some older versions of Internet Explorer.
«The web camera in Saltstraumen provides a realtime image of current conditions, especially for those who plan to sail through the sound. The camera provideds visual confirmation of the automated current forecast,” says Senior Engineer John Morten Klingsheim in the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
The automated current forecast in Saltstraumen provides vessels with easy and fast access to important information on current conditions at all times, to ensure efficient and safe voyages through the area.
Whirlpools in Saltstraumen are strong, several metres wide and have large and prominent troughs. Except when the tide changes, they are impassable by small boats and vessels, which lack plenty of reserve power.
The automated current forecast in Saltstraumen provides updates twice daily and up to seven days. The forecast is available at Barentswatch.no.
Russian nuclear power plant without fuel to be transported along the Norwegian coastline
The transport of the Russian floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov" started Friday the 27th of April from St. Petersburg heading to Murmansk. The nuclear power plant will not have nuclear fuel on board during transport, but the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Agency will nevertheless follow the transport closely along the Norwegian coast.
Introducing New Regulations for Pilot Bookings
On April 3, 2018, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) will introduce new booking regulations for requesting marine pilots. The regulations will thus be formalized and merged into one set ‒ Regulations on Compulsory Pilotage.
Undergoing final Quality Assurance
The final quality assurance phase, referred to as KS2, began in September 2017 and will be completed in late spring of 2018.
Fees for 2018: Reduction in Safety Fees and moderate increase in Pilotage Fee
The fees for 2018 set by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, are noticeably lower than 2017. For 2018, safety fees are reduced by 8.5 per cent on average and the pilot readiness fee is increased by 1.9 per cent on average.
Automated control of vessels using Pilot Exemption Certificates
In November, the Norwegian Coastal Administration introduced a digital tool that improves and automates the process of uncovering compulsory pilotage violations. Monitoring compulsory pilotage, including the Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme, helps ensure a high degree of safety along the coast.
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