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ISSN 2083-6473
ISSN 2083-6481 (electronic version)




Associate Editor
Prof. Tomasz Neumann

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TransNav, Faculty of Navigation
Gdynia Maritime University
3, John Paul II Avenue
81-345 Gdynia, POLAND
Norwegian Emergency Towing Service – Past – Present and Future
1 SINTEF Ocean AS, Trondheim, Norway
2 Norwegian Coastal Administration, Horten, Norway
Times cited (SCOPUS): 3
ABSTRACT: The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) is an agency of the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, and is responsible for services related to maritime safety, maritime infrastructure, transport planning and efficiency, and emergency response to acute pollution and drifting vessels. NCA has five regional Vessel Traffic Service centres. Of those, Vardø VTS has the special task of monitoring high-risk maritime traffic in Norwegian territorial waters, including the sea areas around Svalbard. Based on the history of ship incidents in Norwegian waters and lack of commercial tug resources in Northern Norway and the Svalbard area, the government decided in 2005 to establish a national emergency towing service. The establishment and coordination of this service was assigned to the Norwegian Coastal Administration. This paper briefly describes the development of the Norwegian Emergency Towing Service (NETS), how the service has changed over the years and plans for the coming years. Some cases involving emergency towing vessels are described. The paper also reviews the development of a national competence plan for senior officers on vessels employed by the Norwegian Emergency Towing Service.
REFERENCES (Date accessed 2019.01.10)
Norwegian Coastal Administration 2006. National towing preparedness – report from a work group (in Norwegian). Horten
Norwegian Coastal Administration 2014. Havbase (in Norwegian). Ålesund (Date accessed 2019.02.27)
Norwegian Coastal Administration 2018. Overviw of vessels in Norwegian Emergency Towing Service. Horten (Date accessed 2019.01.10)
Citation note:
Berg T.E., Selvik Ø., Jordheim O.K.: Norwegian Emergency Towing Service – Past – Present and Future. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 14, No. 1, doi:10.12716/1001.14.01.09, pp. 83-88, 2020
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Other publications of authors:

T.E. Berg, Ø. Selvik, K. Steinsvik, D. Leinebø

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