Department of Coastal Affairs and Environment is responsible for matters relating to environmental impact of transport, port and sea transport policy, maritime infrastructure and services for safe and efficient sea transport and governmental contingency measures against acute pollution. The department manages The Norwegian Coastal Administration.
The department is responsible for matters related to environmental impact of transport, development of a disability accessible transport system and maritime spatial planning.
Further the department is responsibility for port and sea transport policy. This comprises development of framework conditions for the port sector and long-term planning of governmental infrastructure for sea transport, including fishing ports, fairways, marine aids to navigation, vessel traffic services and the pilotage service. The department is also responsible for the governmental contingency measures against acute pollution, including a tugboat contingency service. The department is also responsible for the Jan Mayen Community and the operation of Loran-C system.
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 sections in The Svalbard Environmental Protection Act and in The Pollution Control Act concerning contingency against acute pollution.
The department consists of the following sections
The responsibilities of the Section include agency management of The Norwegian Coastal Administration, follow-up of resolutions pertaining to maritime transport that have been determined in the National Transport Plan, and responsibility for economic matters related to the operation and maintenance of maritime infrastructure and the pilotage service.
Section manager: Deputy Director General Thomas Kobro
The section is responsible for preventive safety at sea measures (navigation, monitoring traffic, reporting and information service), the state pilotage service and the co-ordination of IMO. The section also bears the responsibility for the State Contingency Arrangements against serious pollution, government-controlled operations and the tugboat contingency service. In addition to the above the section is also mandated to deal with marine oil pollution in the Arctic /northerly areas. The section also administers EEA co-ordination in connection with sea transport.
Section manager: Deputy Director Petter Meier
Responsible for the Ministry's management of environmental affairs, including policy instruments in relation to environmental issues in the transport and communications sector. The Environmental Affairs Section coordinates the Ministry's work related to inclusive design. The Section is also responsible for climate change adaptation, taxation policy affairs, particularly those associated with environmental and transport taxes and international environmental affairs.
Section manager: Deputy Director Per-André Torper
The section is responsible for the department’s budgeting and for the grants made to Redningsselskapet (The Norwegian Lifeboat Service) and the operational grant to the Jan Mayen Community. The section also works on long-term planning for the sea transport section and on improving the decision-making basis in this area through amongst other things statistics, flow of goods analyses, transport models and socio-economic analyses. In addition to the above the section also co-ordinates the department’s research and reporting work.
Section manager: Deputy Director General Esben Schlytter