Updated:5/5/2021

The 5th of January 2021 The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment got instruction from The Norwegian Ministry of Transport, valid from the 8th of January 2021.

Organisation and governance

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment is an administrative agency with special powers under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport. The field of oil spill preparedness falls under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport’s area of responsibility, while the field of marine littering falls under the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment’s area of responsibility. The Norwegian Ministry of Transport holds the overall responsibility for the management of the centre.

The centre is led by a director appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport. The director is responsible for the internal governance of the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment and will ensure that the centre is run efficiently in accordance with laws, regulations and good general administrative practice and otherwise in accordance with the requirements established through administrative dialogue with the Norwegian Ministry of Transport.

The purpose of the centre - social mission

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment aims to be a leading national and international centre of excellence for work on oil spill preparedness and marine littering.

The centre will promote the best available scientific and experience-based knowledge and will be a driving force in the development of cost-effective and environmentally friendly technologies, methodologies and measures relating to oil spill preparedness and marine littering.

Responsibilities and duties

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment will offer its services to players within public administration, business and voluntary organisations that work on e.g. preventive measures, operational tasks and research and development within the centre’s two areas of responsibility.

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment will be in regular contact with and coordinate its activities with other authorities, especially those that hold the overall responsibility for the areas concerned, such as the Norwegian Coastal Administration, the Norwegian Environment Agency and the offices of the County Commissioners.

Some of the centre’s most important tasks include:

  • Offering an overview of the best available scientific and experience-based knowledge within oil spill preparedness and marine littering.
  • Establishing networks and venues across fields and sectors and being a driving force for development, as well as an adviser to the public authorities within the areas of oil spill preparedness and marine littering.
  • Offering guidance and facilitation in relation to the prevention of marine littering, with a particular emphasis on littering of a sea-based origin.
  • Facilitating, developing and communicating cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions for the clearing of marine litter both arranged by us and in collaboration with established players, as well as being a driving force in ensuring that these solutions are put into use.
  • Supervising, facilitating and implementing measures associated with the clearing of marine littering in collaboration with relevant authorities in the field.

Frameworks and boundaries

The centre’s activities will be carried out within the framework of applicable laws and regulations and in accordance with the requirements established through administrative dialogue.

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment will not conduct independent research but may, where appropriate, participate in research projects through specialist contributions relating to administration and communication.

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment will not duplicate or perform tasks that are managed by relevant competent authorities.

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment will not engage in contract work in competition with private companies but may undertake contract work in situations in which there are no relevant private players.