The system, called Barents SRS (ship reporting system), will provide Norwegian and Russian operative authorities with increased detailed knowledge of maritime traffic in the area, thereby contributing to an earlier warning of traffic that requires special attention.
Barents SRS will also enhance the level of service to shipping and ensure that vessels have the necessary information and data required for safe navigation in the area.
“This will further enhance maritime safety in northern waters”, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen says in a press release.
Barents SRS is the first IMO-approved ship reporting system in the world that does not require verbal communication. The system will come into force on 1 June 2013.
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.