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Communications:  VTS/Radar
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General Information for Norway
Capital City: Oslo.
Nationality: (noun) Norwegian, (adjective) Norwegian.
Population: 4,660,539.
International Direct Dial Code: 47.
Number of Internal Airports: 67.
Major Languages Spoken: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities; note - Sami is official in six municipalities.
Currency: 1 Norwegian Krone (NOK) of 100 Oere.
Exchange Rates:  (as of November 2014)
USD 1.00 = NOK 6.81
NOK 1.00 = USD 0.15
Exchange rates under licence from XE.com
Main Industries: Petroleum and gas, food processing, shipbuilding, pulp and paper products, metals, chemicals, timber, mining, textiles and fishing.
Territorial Sea: 12 n.m.
Other Maritime Claims: Contiguous Zone: 10 n.m. Continental Shelf: 200 n.m. Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 n.m.
Coastline Extent: 25,148 km.
Climate: Temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year-round on west coast.
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber and hydropower.
Natural Hazards: Rockslides, avalanches.
Terrain: Glaciated; mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys; small, scattered plains; coastline deeply indented by fjords; arctic tundra in north.
Average Temperatures: 
Month High Low
January -3° C -8° C
June 20° C 10° C
September 15° C 8° C
ISPS COMPLIANCE:  Port Facility Security Plans submitted.
PILOTAGE:  Pilotage should be ordered through SafeSeaNet. Alternatively, the relevant Regional Pilot Dispatch Centre can be used but may incur additional charges.
Vessels should send requests for pilotage 24 hours before arrival, confirming at least 5 hours in advance. When booking a pilot in SafeSeaNet Norway, a confirmation of the pilot booking or a modification of the booking will be sent by email.
SafeSeaNet Norway:  SafeSeaNet Norway is Norway's Single Window portal for ship reporting. This is a messaging service for ships arriving and departing Norwegian ports.
The following ships are required to send a notification in SafeSeaNet Norway:
  1. vessels that intend to cross the Norwegian baseline and/or arrive in a Norwegian port
  2. vessels that are required to report HAZMAT, ISPS and Port State Control information
  3. all vessels of 300 g.t. or more must give notice before arrival or departure unless otherwise specified
  4. fishing vessels, traditional ships and pleasure craft with LOA 45 m. or more
  5. vessels over 1,000 g.t. with a bunker quantity of 300 tons or more
  6. all ships irrespective of size, carrying dangerous or polluting cargo.
SafeSeaNet Norway can also be used to send arrival notifications to the Coastal Surveillance Centre (CSC) and electronic declarations to the Norwegian Customs and Excise.
Coastal Surveillance Centre (CSC) Tel: +47 7553 6299. Fax: +47 7553 6354. csc@reitan.mil.no
You must be a registered user to get access to SafeSeaNet Norway. To register contact:
Brevik VTS. Tel: + 47 3557 2625. brevik.vts@kystverket.no
To register you must provide the following:
  1. name of the relevant company
  2. company address, phone number and email address
  3. type of business, eg. agent, owner, broker, charterer
  4. the company's registration number
  5. the name of the person or persons who will perform registration work (first name and surname)
  6. his/her position of work.
When you have submitted the required information, you will be assigned a unique ID and password. You will also get information about your company ID. Remember that your designated password will be strictly personal. If you have difficulty registering, lose your ID or password, or have other problems, the user support at Brevik VTS can be helpful in resolving the problem. The user support service operates on a 24-hour basis, all year round.
Personal user access to SafeSeaNet Norway available at http://www.shiprep.no
Lodingen Pilot Dispatch Centre:  West coast of Norway, north of Lat. 65° 08.00′ N to the Russian border.
Tel: +47 7698 6810. Fax: +47 7698 6820. VHF Channels 13/16. pilot.lodingen@kystverket.no
Kvitsoy Pilot Dispatch Centre:  West coast of Norway, south of Lat. 65° 08.0′ N to west of Egersund.
Tel: +47 5173 5397. Fax: +47 5173 5391. VHF Channels 13/16. pilot.kvitsoy@kystverket.no
Horten Pilot Dispatch Centre:  South coast of Norway from west of Egersund to the Swedish border.
Tel: +47 3303 4970 (Oslofjorden), 3303 4954 (Skagerrak). Fax: +47 3303 4999. VHF Channels 13/16. pilot.horten@kystverket.no
Request should include:
  1. vessel's name
  2. call sign
  3. nationality
  4. LOA, beam and g.t.
  5. draft
  6. nature of cargo
  7. destination
  8. purpose of call
  9. ETA at Pilot boarding area, or ETD from harbour
  10. whether one or two Pilots are required
  11. vessel's IMO number (if any)
  12. crew and passengers (Master's name and nationality, size of crew etc.)
  13. cargo and bunker fuel (UN number and quantity of hazardous or polluting cargo, type and quantity of bunker fuel etc.)
  14. details of passage (last port of call, next port of call etc.)
  15. details related to pilotage requests and Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC)
  16. Agent or operator (i.e. the Norwegian contact)
  17. shipping company (name and address).
Each pilot station should be notified on VHF 2 hours before ETA or ETD on VHF Channel 16.
Duty Pilots are located at all pilot offices and undertake outward pilotage, through (transit) pilotage and coastal pilotage.
Enquiries about compulsory pilotage, Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC), pilotage service dues and transitional arrangements should be made to the appropriate Pilot Booking Centre.
The following kindly provided by the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Section 6:  Vessel Subject to Compulsory Pilotage:  The following vessels shall be subject to compulsory pilotage when navigating waters defined as subject to compulsory pilotage in Section 5 (not reproduced):
  1. vessels with LOA 70 m. or more or width 20.0 m. or more
  2. vessels that push or tow one or more objects, where the object or objects have total LOA 50 m. or more
  3. double-hulled vessels with LOA 50 m. or more carrying dangerous or polluting cargo in bulk as set out in MARPOL Annex I, or cargo falling into pollution Categories X, Y or Z regulated by MARPOL Annex II, see Chapters 17 and 18 of the IBC Code
  4. single-hulled vessels with LOA 35 m. or more carrying dangerous or polluting cargo in bulk as set out in MARPOL Annex I, or cargo falling into pollution Categories X, Y or Z regulated by MARPOL Annex II, see Chapters 17 and 18 of the IBC Code
  5. vessels with LOA 50 m. or more carrying liquefied gases in bulk, see Chapter 19 of the IGC Code
  6. vessels with LOA 50 m. or more carrying 10 tonnes or more of dangerous or polluting cargo in packaged form that falls within Danger Class 1, regulated by MARPOL Annex III, see the IMDG Code
  7. vessels that carry substances regulated by the INF Code
  8. passenger vessels with LOA 24 m. or more
  9. nuclear-powered vessels.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration may amend the first paragraph by regulation.
The provision in the first paragraph shall not apply to:
  1. a vessel mentioned in sub-paragraph h) when the vessel is licensed for timetabled passenger transport pursuant to the Act of 21 June 2002 No. 45, regulating to commercial transportation by motor vehicle or vessel (the Commercial Transportation Act) and the vessel services the route to which the licence relates
  2. a vessel mentioned in sub-paragraph h) which falls within Chapter 7 of the Regulations of 5 January 1998 No. 6, concerning the construction, equipment and operation of high-speed craft used to transport passengers or cargo, and which has LOA 70 m.
  3. a vessel which is protected pursuant to the Act of 9 June 1978 No. 50, relating to cultural objects
  4. training ships.
Section 7:  Compulsory Pilotage by Individual Decision:  In special cases, the Norwegian Coastal Administration may make individual decisions imposing a duty to use a Pilot for a particular voyage. Such an order may also be made applicable outside the sea boundary.
Section 8:  National Defence Interests:  The Ministry of Defence may, by regulation or individual decision, regardless of the provisions of Section 5 (not reproduced) and 6, order the use of a Pilot for a limited period of time and in specifically defined waters in the interests of national defence (not reproduced).
Section 9:  Exemptions:  In special cases, the Norwegian Coastal Administration may, upon the application of the Master of a ship, grant an exemption from the duty to use a Pilot or a Pilot Exemption Certificate, see Sections 4, 5 and 6. The exemption shall only be valid for a single voyage.
Section 10:  Issue of a Pilot Exemption Certificate:  The Norwegian Coastal Administration may issue a Pilot Exemption Certificate pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
Pilot Exemption Certificate may be issued to the Master of a ship and other navigators belonging to the vessel. A Pilot Exemption Certificate may be limited, and conditions may be imposed in connection with its issue.
In the making of a decision regarding whether or not to issue a Pilot Exemption Certificate, particular emphasis shall be given to the following matters:
  1. the applicant's expertise and knowledge of the waters
  2. the risk associated with the vessel
  3. the risk associated with the waters
  4. the interest of life, health and the environment, including the number of persons on board.
Section 11:  Pilot Exemption Certificate Not Issued:  A Pilot Exemption Certificate may not be issued if it relates to the following vessels:
  1. vessels with a length of 150 m. or more
  2. nuclear-powered vessels.
In special cases, the Norwegian Coastal Administration may, upon application, decide that a Pilot Exemption Certificate may nevertheless be issued.
Section 12:  Pilot Exemption Certificate Not Used:  A Pilot Exemption Certificate may not be used in connection with the carriage of substances that are regulated by the INF Code or in connection with the carriage in bulk of the following liquid cargoes:
  1. liquefied gases, see Chapter 19 of the IGC Code
  2. substances falling into pollution category X regulated by MARPOL Annex II, see Chapter 17 of the IBC Code
  3. substances falling into pollution category Y regulated by MARPOL Annex II, see Chapter 17 of the IBC Code, all substances regulated by MARPOL Annex I and substances with a flashpoint lower that 23°C, if the vessel has a single hull and LOA 70 m. or more
  4. substances falling into pollution category Y regulated by MARPOL Annex II, see Chapter 17 of the IBC Code, all substances regulated by MARPOL Annex I and substances with a flashpoint lower than 23°C, if the vessel has a double hull and LOA 90 m. or more.
If a vessel has carried a substance as described in the first paragraph, and the tanks have not been cleaned and are not free of the substance, this shall be deemed equivalent to the vessel carrying such a substance.
In special cases, the Norwegian Coastal Administration may, upon application, decide that a Pilot Exemption Certificate may nevertheless be used in connection with the carriage of substances as described in the first paragraph.
VTS/RADAR:  Norway operates five Vessel Traffic Service Centres through the Norwegian Coastal Administration. These cover ship traffic along the Norwegian coast.
Horten VTS:  Located in the port of Horten. Its area of responsibility is to monitor and regulate shipping in the waters from Faerder to Spro/Steilene at Nesodden. The waters in this area are the responsibility of the Oslo Port Traffic Control Centre.
Tel: +47 3303 4960, 3303 4953, 4756 5448
VHF: 18 (Inner Oslofjord), 19 (Outer Oslofjord)
Fax: +47 33 03 49 99
email: horten.vts@kystverket.no
Brevik VTS:  Located at Brevikstrommen in Porsgrunn Municipality. It covers the approaches to the major industrial area in Greenland, where a large portion of the ship traffic consists of gas carriers and vessels with other hazardous cargo. There is a special dispensation scheme with regard to compulsory pilotage in this area.
Tel: +47 3557 2610
VHF: 80
Fax: +47 3557 2619
email: brevik.vts@kystverket.no
Kvitsoy VTS:  Located in Kvitsoy Municipality in Rogaland. The VTS Centre covers the area from Bomla Fjord in the north to the Jaeren Reef in the south. The centre's main duties include traffic monitoring in connection with shipments from the gas terminal at Karsto, in addition to general monitoring of coastal traffic in an area with a relatively high traffic density.
Tel: +47 5173 6032 (Area South)
+47 5173 6033 (Area North)
VHF: 18 (Area South)
19 (Area North)
email: kvitsoy.vts@kystverket.no
Fedje VTS:  Located on the island municipality of Fedje in North Hordaland and covers the area from the Sogne Sea in the north to the Hjelte Fjord at Sture in the south. Its main duties are related to oil shipments from the Sture and Mongstad terminals, in addition to traffic control centre tasks in an area with high traffic density.
Tel: +47 5616 4430
VHF: 80
email: fedje.vts@kystverket.no
Vardo VTS:  Vardo VTS has NOR VTS as it call name, covers traffic monitoring in the northern areas, from the Barents Sea to Lofoten by means of radar monitoring, ship reporting and AIS. Vardo VTS also administers the state tugboat emergency preparedness scheme in northern Norway.
From 1 July 2008 the Vardo VTS Centre was made responsible for monitoring all tankers and other hazardous traffic along the entire coast and the sea area around Svalbard, with the exception of the areas of operation for the Norwegian Coastal Administration's other four VTS centres.
Tel: +47 7898 9898
VHF: 16 or channels administered by Vardo or Bodo Radio. MMSI No: 002573550 
Fax: +47 7898 9899
email: nor.vts@kystverket.no
Arrival Notification: 
1. Arrival Notification should be sent at least 24 hours before entering the Norwegian Internal Waters (NIW). In need for dispensation to enter NIW earlier than 24 hours, vessels should contact the Norwegian authorities through SafeSeaNet (SSN), a CRS, or on the telephone numbers quoted above. EU and EEA vessels are to forward the Arrival Notifiction as early as possible, not later than when crossing into Norwegian Territorial Waters (NTW). Such notifications may be made in written or oral form.
2. Messages from vessel without a valid AAIC (Accounting Authority Identification Code) will not be accepted at the CRS.
3. The Arrival Notification shall contain the following:
a) vessel's name
b) call sign
d) IMO identity
e) MMSI number
f) flag (nationality)
g) type of vessel
h) type, quantity and UN number of cargo
i) LOA (feet or metres), beam (feet or metres), draft (feet or metres) and tonnage (g.t.)
j) last non-Norwegian port/place and country
k) next non-Norwegian port/place and country
l) date, time (UTC) and position on entering Norwegian baseline
m) date, time (UTC) and position on leaving Norwegian baseline
n) port (name, ETA, ETD and purpose)
o) Norwegian Agent's name, address and telephone number
p) vessel's communication numbers (Inmarsat or telephone)
q) Master's name and nationality
4. Vessels intending to make more than one port of call within NTW should repeat the details in sections n) and o) above for the additional ports.
5. If any changes occur to the original Arrival Notification of more than 4 hours from the previously advised ETA/ETD etc., an update of the Arrival Notification should be forwarded to the Norwegian authorities without delay.
Reporting Point Notification: 
1. Reporting Point Notification should be sent when crossing the Norwegian baseline upon entering and leaving Norwegian Internal Waters (NIW).
2. Vessels are also to send a Reporting Point Notification when passing one of the Reporting Lines stated below
3. The Reporting Point Notification shall contain the following:
a) vessel's name
b) call sign
d) IMO identity
e) MMSI number
f) flag (nationality)
g) current position (in Lat./Long.)
h) destination
i) Master's name and nationality
Reporting Lines:  Vessels should report when passing the following reporting lines:
Number Name Reporting Line
1 Kvitsoy Lat. 59° 05.00′ N
2 Stadt Lat. 62° 10.00′ N
3 Rorvik Lat. 64° 52.00′ N
4 Landegode Lat. 67° 27.00′ N
5 Tromso Lat. 69° 41.00′ N
6 Honningsvag Long. 26° 05.00′ E
Passing the baseline When entering or leaving NTW
1. The baseline consists of straight lines joining the outermost points of the entire Norwegian coast. All waters inside of the baseline and Norwegian Internal Waters (NIW).
2. Norwegian Territorial Waters (NTW) means all waters within the territorial limits (12 n.m. from the baseline).
3. Stopping or anchoring while passing through NTW is only permitted when such action is incidental to ordinary navigation or is rendered necessary by force majeure or distress or for the purpose of rendering assistance to persons, ships or aircraft which are in danger or distress. If a vessel makes a temporary stop or remains stationary, the Norwegian authorities shall be notified without undue delay.
WASTE DISPOSAL:  All Norwegian ports have introduced a special garbage disposal fee.
TIME:  GMT plus 1 hour in winter and 2 hours in summer.
LOCAL HOLIDAYS:  1 January (New Year's Day); Palm Sunday; Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Easter Monday; 1 May (Labour Day); 17 May (Constitution Day); Ascension Day; Whit Sunday; Whit Monday; 25 December (Christmas Day); 26 December (Boxing Day).
Non-official holidays: 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 31 December (New Year's Eve), work may cease early, subject to individual ports.
AUTHORITY:  The Norwegian Coastal Administration, PO Box 1502, 6025 Alesund, Norway. Tel: +47 (33) 034808, 07847. Fax: +47 (70) 231008. post@kystverket.no http://www.kystverket.no Contact: Anne-Berit Herstad, Head of Communication. T: +47 2224 6407. anne-berit.herstad@fkd.dep.no