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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.