1. Scope of authority


Seismic surveys are subject to reporting to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. The seismic survey must be reported before the survey can take place and the following institutions may provide input:

  • The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries (expert assessment of expected fishery activity)
  • The Norwegian Armed Forces (military activities)
  • The Institute of Marine Research (resource biological perspective)

Copies of statements relating to the notifications of surveys must be readily available on the seismic vessel. These are also available on the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s web page (www.npd.no).


The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate:

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is an independent state administration body reporting to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The NPD shall have the best possible knowledge of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and ensure that the licensees manage the resources in a prudent and efficient manner. The paramount objective of the NPD is to contribute to creating the greatest possible values for society from the oil and gas activities by means of prudent resource management based on safety, emergency preparedness and safeguarding of the external environment. The NPD has a national responsibility for ensuring that data and information from the petroleum activities are made available to the general public, businesses, research communities and others. The NPD functions as an advisor to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on issues relating to the petroleum industry. The NPD headquarters are in Stavanger, with a regional office in Harstad.


The Directorate of Fisheries:

The Directorate of Fisheries is a specialist agency under the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, and acts as the authorities’ advisory and executive body in matters pertaining to fishing and the management of aquaculture in Norway. Its main goal is to promote profitable economic activity through sustainable and user-oriented management of marine resources and the marine environment. Moreover, the Directorate shall safeguard considerations for the fisheries in matters pertaining to competitive use of our seas. Its head office is in Bergen, but the Directorate also has seven regional offices. These seven regional offices divide the geographical responsibility for the processing of seismic surveys into three regions. Region South of 62 degrees north, Region Møre og Romsdal, between 62 and 67 degrees north and Region Troms, north of 67 degrees north.


The Norwegian Coast Guard:

The Norwegian Coast Guard is part of the Norwegian Royal Navy and was founded in 1977 in connection with the establishment of the Norwegian 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. The Coast Guard is the Norwegian State’s main authority at sea and performs its activities throughout the entire Norwegian area of responsibility. The Norwegian Coast Guard maintains sovereignty and exercises resource control in waters under Norwegian jurisdiction, thus cooperating closely with Norwegian fisheries authorities. The Coast Guard is divided into two squadrons, Squadron North in Sortland and Squadron South in Bergen. The geographical division between the two squadrons follows 65 degrees north. The Coast Guard Report Centre for the reporting of fixed fishing gear is located at the Coast Guard Squadron North.


The cooperation agreement between the Directorate of Fisheries, the Coast Guard and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The Directorate of Fisheries, the Coast Guard and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate have entered into a joint cooperation agreement. Through the agreement, the authorities will ensure that the fishery expert and other relevant parties have access to round-the-clock government assistance in the event of an incident or other needs.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is responsible for the further case processing and will register reported incidents and situations.

The fishery expert’s general contact with the Coast Guard:

  • Contacting the Coast Guard Report Centre before arrival in the area where the seismic shooting is to take place.
  • Requesting information about fixed fishing gear and fishing activities in general.
  • Informing the Report Centre of the position of lines scheduled to be surveyed over the next few days so that the report central can plot the lines.
  • Maintaining good contact with the Coast Guard Report Centre during operations in areas with ongoing fishing activities


Notification plan for incidents and situations that may arise on the field:

The fishery expert must be able to contact the authorities via the Coast Guard at all times.

  • The Coast Guard maintains preparedness 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • The Coast Guard is the primary contact and shall inform and communicate notifications to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Directorate of Fisheries




The following information must be provided if the fishery expert reports incidents or situations to the Coast Guard:

  • Name of person/organisation who has submitted the notification
  • Survey name
  • Name and IMO number of vessel(s) involved
  • Registration number of fishing vessel
  • Date
  • Positions
  • Brief description of the situation, including any own observations and information about to what extent the incident has been resolved.

Topics: Seismic