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MINISTRY OF COASTAL AFFAIRS

Minister of Coastal Affairs
Agnar Femrite

Headquarters
Oslo, Norway



The Ministry of Coastal Affairs exists to maintain and regulate the fisheries of Norway as well as the coastal administration of the kingdom, including navigational aids such as lighthouses and the operation of major ports. This Ministry also works closely with the Ministry of Trade.
 

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Private & Secret

Commissioner

Ove Groven

Chief of Investigations

Chris Hofstad

Headquarters

Faerder Lighthouse


The Royal Lighthouse Service (R.L.H.S.) is an agency under the Ministry of Coastal Affairs. It has three primary missions including: the manning and maintenance of lighthouses and other nautical beacons; the investigation of crimes committed on Ministry of Coastal Affairs/R.L.H.S. Properties; and the investigation of all nautical incidents that occur in Norwegian waters. Beyond these primary missions, part of the service's Investigations unit is responsible for investigating unexplained phenomena. Many lighthouses are also designated and maintained as safe-houses.


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Færder Lighthouse
R.L.H.S. Headquarters



The lighthouse and the former keeper's buildings around it serve as the headquarters of the Service. Preparations are currently underway to renovate the entire site and move any unnecessary objects of historical significance to safe-keeping. Most of the site will be used for administrative purposes, as well as underground facilities that will have to be dug into the bedrock under the buildings themselves. The building where the Investigations program is headquartered will be hardened and secure to avoid any kind of infiltration or surveillance. While the island does house the administrative and functional headquarters for the three principal leaders of the Service, it is also still a functional lighthouse station.


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Lighthouse Keepers

The primary position within the R.L.H.S. is that of Lighthouse Keepers. While some particularly inhospitable lighthouses remain automated, many are now maintained by keepers. Lighthouse keepers are paid based on both seniority and what light they are stationed at. The more remote the station, the higher the pay. Stations that are especially isolated or inhospitable, which are not automated, have at least two and sometimes up to four keepers. Lighthouse keepers are issued official uniforms and are trained to both use and maintain R.L.H.S. equipment. Keepers have different ranks including: Captain, Chief Engineer, and Master of Tender. The job of a keeper includes being awake during odd hours, being a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to carpentry and mechanical work, and being able to stand long periods of isolation. Becoming a keeper is considered a career because the position is normally well-paid. Many keepers operate stations which also have safehouses that can be used by R.L.H.S. Investigators when they are travelling the country.


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R.L.H.S. Investigations

The Investigations program is responsible for both internal security of the Service as well as external investigations within the realm of shipping accidents, crimes committed on Ministry of Coastal Affairs Properties, and special investigations which are harder to classify into one individual category. These "special agents" are one of the few national investigative units for Norway. They are trained, armed, have the power to make arrests and carry out search warrants, and could also be used to board foreign vessels in Norwegian waters under certain circumstances. The investigators are normally dressed in plain-clothes, but their dress guidelines dictate that they should wear a grey suit whenever interacting with the public. All investigators are issued guns, identification, and badges. The badges are bronze-gold colored and feature a lighthouse on it, as well as the name of the Service and "Special Agent". In total, there are fifty-one special agents, including the Chief of Investigations. Like all other employees of the Service, all special agents are issued R.L.H.S. pocket watches.


Nautical Investigations
Unit 1

Agents: 30


Unit 1 is responsible for investigating all criminal and non-criminal boating accidents that occur in Norwegian waters. Examples include: vessel collisions, ship sinking, murders and assaults, vessels running ashore, and even Navy incidents. The Nautical Investigators are part of the largest unit and often have to travel around the kingdom to do their job. They commonly work alongside and with the Ministry of Trade as well as the Royal Navy. These agents are specifically trained how to investigate these kinds of incidents and are considered by some to be experts in their small niche of investigations.


Property Investigations
Unit 2

Agents: 17


Unit 2 is responsible for investigating crimes committed on Ministry of Coastal Affairs property, including properties of the Royal Lighthouse Service. Because such crimes are not common, Property Investigations is also responsible for monitoring R.L.H.S. properties and maintaining security, especially at R.L.H.S. headquarters. On top of that, Unit 2 also investigates crimes or accidents that occur at docks and ports around the country, as well as investigating cases of smuggling once they've gone from ship-based to land-based.


Special Investigations
Unit 3

Agents: 3



Unit 3 is the smallest of the R.L.H.S. Investigations units, has only three special agents officially assigned to it, and reports directly to the Chief of Investigations. Unit 3 is responsible for investigating unexplained phenomena around Norway - phenomena which would normally look very strange or even silly to assign normal investigators to. Special Investigations exists because of King Oskar who had a minor change made to the Nautical Act of 1995 which allows the R.L.H.S. to technically have full investigative powers over anything deemed necessary by the Crown. It's not entirely clear why the King found it so important to have this small unit created, but it still exists to this day under the direct, yet invisible, protection of the Crown itself. While the Royal Lighthouse Service itself is a small agency under a lesser-known Ministry of the government, if a member of the public were to look into Unit 3 of R.L.H.S. Investigations, they would find a small description stating that the unit is responsible for "Internal Investigations". Unit 3 is kept busy by the steady trickle of special files that find their way to the unit's office - some are from important members of the government, while others are cold-cases that were likely closed for being too odd or incredible. Many of the unit's cases never have a full explanation, but some are indeed solved.
 
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