Norwegian Maritime Authority

The authority is a government body subordinated to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Environment.

The Norwegian Maritime Authority has jurisdiction over ships registered in Norway and foreign ships arriving Norwegian ports.

The Authority also manages the Norwegian International Ship Register-NIS and the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register-NOR (including the Shipbuilding register). Registration secures legal protection for shipowners and mortgagees.

In cases concerning environmental issues that are connected to a specific ship, and the protection of the marine environment, the authority sorts under the Ministry of Environment.

The Norwegian Maritime Authority also assists the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway in implementing the petroleum legislation on the Norwegian shelf.

The authority is also responsible for the supervision of pleasure vessels.

The Directorate is headed by Director General of Shipping and Navigation, Mr. Olav Akselsen.

Articles from Norwegian Maritime Authority

Ship traffic in the Arctic – climate change and new challenges

Ship traffic in the Arctic – climate change and new challenges

Climate change has led to reduced ice cover in the Arctic. This allows for increased shipping traffic, and in the longer term perhaps also trans-polar traffic through the international waters of the Arctic Ocean. There are special risks associated with this type of shipping.
Maritime Law

Maritime Law

Maritime law encompasses both civil law, e.g. rules on charter and bill of lading matters, wreck and marine insurance, etc., and public law on e.g. the nationality of vessels and public oversight of ship safety.
The reporting of accidents at sea

The reporting of accidents at sea

There are requirements toward the reporting of accidents. The subject also describes what must be reported, when it must be reported and to whom it should be reported. 
Regulations for sea transport

Regulations for sea transport

The Ship Safety and Security Act is central to safeguarding life, health, the environment and property during shipping. 
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