The Norwegian Coastal Administration




The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) is an agency under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications responsible for services related to maritime safety, maritime infrastructure, transport planning and efficiency, and emergency response to acute pollution cases. The main objective for the NCA is to ensure safe and efficient navigation in the waterways along the coast and into ports, as well as national preparedness for acute pollution. We participate in coastal planning and exercises according to the Harbor and Fairway Act and Pilot Act, as well as parts of the Pollution Act, Svalbard Environmental Act and Planning and Building Act.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration also actively participates in international work in our areas of specialization.

NCA is responsible for governmental preparedness against incidents of acute pollution, and has nationwide authority in these incidents. This responsibility also ensures that preparedness is appropriately dimensioned in proportion to the risk.



The Norwegian Coastal Administration’s vision is to make our coast and waters the safest and cleanest in the world.

Regarding the contribution to solving this challenge for cleaner oceans, we have tools and systems for monitoring oil spill pollution, and planning and conducting oil spill response operations that can be utilized in other pollution situations. We have a team on duty 24/7, we have GIS-based working tools for registration, and we have an organization trained for cleaning up after oil spill accidents. Our employees are highly educated in environment, logistics and operation, which means our knowledge can be applied in these areas.