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Norway - Kvitsoy

Services provided

Service Availability:
24 Hours
Traffic Image Generation:
Automatic Identification System (AIS), Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Radar, Real-time Tracking, VHF Radio Position Reporting, Visual
VTS type Service:
  • VTS Plans

    Not to be used for Navigation
  • Rules and Regulations


    All vessels with length (LOA) of 24 metres or over, all vessels carrying hazardous and/or polluting liquid cargo in bulk.
    If any of the above vessels intend to use the waters of the Kvitsøy VTS AREA they MUST obtain CLEARANCE to do so.
    The Kvitsøy VTS Centre provides traffic information and issue clearances for the VTS Area. Clearances will be granted or refused based on information given in reports.
    VTS operations, traffic information and clearances do not relieve the Master of his responsibility for the safe navigation of his ship.
    Vessels in category 1 or 2 (vessels carrying hazardous and/or polluting liquid cargo) that shall call at or leave from the gas terminal at Kårstø, and that are arriving from sea or sailing to sea shall use the entrance/departure route in the Kjudenesfjord. This also applies when such vessel make stops underway.
    Vessel of less than 100 metres in length do not need to obtain permission when they only use the fairway east of a straight line from Dusavika light to Toftøy light. For vessels using the main waterway to/from Sauda the following applies: Permission shall be obtained as mentioned when the fairway within a straight line between Vardneset and Holeneset is to be used.
    This document is mainly a summary of the regulations concerning the use of the Kvitsøy VTS Area and pilotage regulations. These can be obtained through Kvitsøy VTS Centre and Kvitsøy Pilot Dispatch Centre.
    All VHF communications must be in a Scandinavian language or the English language. Where it is mandatory that vessels shall agree to meeting or overtaking a Scandinavian language is to be used.
    When transiting, at anchor, or awaiting berth, all vessels must keep continuous watch on designated frequency.
    Permission to change frequency or to end VHF watch should be obtained from KVITSØY CONTROL.
    See diagram on page KVI-3 for details of VHF Channels.
    Other Communications
    KVITSØY VTS Centre
    P.O Box 40
    N-4180 Kvitsoy (Norway)
    Tel. +47 51 73 60 30
    Fax +47 51 73 60 31
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • Reports


    The Traffic Centre must be contacted before any of the following:
    1. The vessel is sailing into an area which is covered by the VTS:
    2. The vessel intends to get underway within the area covered by the VTS.
    3. The vessel intends to make changes in the voyage already agreed with the VTS, this also applies to the vessel stopping.
    4. The vessel has moored or anchored.
    5. The vessel has been involved in an accident.
    For 1 and 2 above at least one (1) hours notice must be given. For vessels carrying hazardous or polluting liquid cargoes, at least six (6) hours notice must be given. If there is a need for special safety measures for a vessel, regardless of type and whether carrying hazardous or polluting liquid cargoes, at least 24 hours notice must be given.
    For 3 and 4 above, where immediate action is required for safety reasons, such action may be taken first and the traffic centre informed as soon as possible afterwards.
    Pre-entry and Departure Reports
    GIVING: IMO SRS ITEMS: Alpha, Charlie, Hotel, India, Lima.
    VIA: E-mail, FAX, or VHF CH. 18 or 19.
    Note: In addition the following SRS items can be required: OSCAR, PAPA, TANGO, UNIFORM (including gross tonnage, maximum speed in knots, propellers, side thrusters etc., propulsion power, single or double bottom, length, width, draft and height above water). WHISKEY (including passengers) X-RAY (including Master’s name and nationality, port of registry, IMO number, vessel’s telephone or FAX numbers, expected time within area).
    Other Reports: As above GIVING: IMO SRS Alpha, Bravo, Charlie
  • Pilotage


    Pilotage is COMPULSORY for ships of 500GT or over and irrespective of size when carrying particularly dangerous and/or polluting cargo, and for certain other ships, unless exempted from the obligation to use a Pilot.
    Send order for Pilot.
    24 hours before arrival
    TO: Kvitsøy Pilot Dispatch Centre
    GIVING: IMO SRS Items: Alpha, Hotel, India, Oscar, Papa,
    Uniform, X-ray (include reason for call and whether one or two Pilots are required)
    VIA: FAX, Telephone or VHF Ch. 13.
    Send notification for Pilot.
    5 hours before arrival
    TO: Kvitsøy Pilot Dispatch Centre
    GIVING: IMO SRS Items: Alpha, Hotel
    VIA: FAX, Telephone, or VHF CH. 13.
    Send confirmation for Pilot.
    2 hours before arrival
    TO: Kvitsøy Pilot Dispatch Centre
    GIVING: IMO SRS Items: Alpha, Hotel
    VIA: FAX, Telephone or VHF CH. 13.
    Pilot Communications
    FAX: +47 51 73 53 91
    Telephone: +47 51 73 53 97/98
    VHF: CH. 13
    Email: [email protected]
    Note: 1. Kvitsøy Pilot Dispatch Centre is co-located with Kvitsøy VTS Centre.
              2. Order for Pilot can be sent via Agent.

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