Department of Coastal Affairs and Environment

The Department of Coastal Affairs and Environment is responsible for the administration of matters relating to coastal administration, hereunder maritime transport, harbours, ports and fairways, the transport of goods by sea and preventive maritime safety and contingency plans to combat severe pollution. The Department is also responsible for the co-ordination of the Ministry’s work in connection with matters relating to the environment and climate for all forms of transport. The Department is responsible for The Act Relating to Ports and Fairways (The Port Act), The Act Relating to the Pilotage Service (the Pilotage Act) and segments of the Svalbard Environmental Protection act and the Pollution Control Act. Further the Department is responsible for the supervision of the subordinate agencies the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Centre for Oil Pollution Control and Marine Environment.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Coastal Affairs Section

    The Coastal Affairs Section has overall responsibility for maritime transport, preventive maritime safety and contingency planning to combat severe pollution. The section follows up measures and initiatives in maritime transport and preventive maritime safety incorporated in the National Transport Plan, hereunder ports policy, measures relating to ports and fairways, the transfer of goods transport from road to sea and the operation and maintenance of maritime infrastructure. The section is also responsible for public safety and contingency plans and systems in the coastal administration area. Further, the section is also responsible for following up the administration and operation of the community of Jan Mayen and manages the state grants to the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue - Redningsselskapet. In addition to the above, the section is responsible for The Act Relating to Ports and Fairways (The Port Act), The Act Relating to the Pilotage Service (the Pilotage Act) and segments of the Svalbard Environmental Protection act and the Pollution Control Act. The Department is also responsible for the supervision of the subordinate agencies the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Centre for Oil Pollution Control and Marine Environment. The section is actively engaged in developing and improving the knowledge and decision-making basis in the area, through amongst other things statistics, analyses of the flow of goods, transportation models and analyses of social economics.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Anita Christoffersen

  • Environmental Affairs Section

    The section is responsible for co-ordinating the Ministry’s work with matters relating to environmental and climate issues, including amongst other matters the use of viable tools to alleviate environmental and climate concerns in the transport sector. The Environmental Affairs Section co-ordinates the Ministry’s work in overarching design, development and planning. Further, the section is responsible for adaption to climate change, matters relating to taxation policy, in particular those related to environmental and transport taxation, and international environmental affairs.

    Section manager: Deputy Director Per-André Torper

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