The Norwegian Coastal Administration

Articles written in collaboration with The Norwegian Coastal Administration

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.

Last changed: 25. May 2013

A decrease in the number of shipping accidents

In 2012 261 shipping accidents occurred in Norway, according to figures the Norwegian Maritime Directorate has registered.

Last changed: 25. May 2013

The national pilotage service

Nationwide the Norwegian Coastal Administration has just under 290 active pilots, stationed at 18 pilot stations.

Last changed: 25. May 2013

A tool to improve maritime safety

AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a key tool in maritime safety and response efforts along the Norwegian coast. The system is used in rescue operations and to prevent shipping accidents and acute pollution.  

Last changed: 25. May 2013

AIS displays status report at sea

AIS (Automatic Identification System) is an information system that helps the coastal state of Norway to maintain a good and effective response service along its coastline. The NCA operates the system on behalf of Norwegian authorities. 

Last changed: 25. May 2013

The NCA's notification and information services

The NCA operates notification and information systems for the registration and tracking of ship-related information, with a particular focus on information relating to hazardous or polluting cargoes. The services also includes information that contributes toward maritime safety.

Last changed: 25. May 2013

Securing ports

Port Security means that ports and port facilities must implement a minimum of security measures to enhance security for ships in international traffic and port facilities serving such ships.

Last changed: 25. May 2013

The ice service in Norway

The ice service provides information about ice conditions, and is part of the NCA's services. 

Last changed: 25. May 2013

The port structure in Norway

The port structure in Norway consists of five designated ports and 32 trunk network ports. The remainder are termed local harbours, fisheries harbours, recreational harbours and similar.

Last changed: 25. May 2013

Environmental impact of maritime traffic

Vessel movements in the seas off Norway are on the increase. The environmental effect of this activity depends in part on developments in the petroleum sector, where great uncertainty prevails about future trends.

Last changed: 19. May 2013