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.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.