Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO)
AECO was founded in 2003 and is an international organisation for expedition cruise operators. We are dedicated to manage respectable, environmentally-friendly and safe expeditions in the Arctic. The members agree that expedition cruises and tourism in the Arctic must be carried out with the utmost consideration for the vulnerable natural environment, local cultures and cultural remains, as well as the challenging safety hazards at sea and on land. AECO-members are obligated to operate in accordance with national and international laws and regulations and agreed upon AECO by-laws and guidelines.
Members of AECO operate app. 26 vessels in the Arctic, sizes ranging from small sailing yachts to expedition cruise ships with up to 300 passengers.
During 2012 AECO welcomed eight new members. The growth continues in 2013 and two new members have already joined AECO while a third application is presently being considered.
AECO has received significant funding from Norwegian - Danish Fund and from NORA to organise an expedition leader and guide conference for AECO-members. The conference will find place by Copenhagen Oct 17 - 20, 2013
Large funds to AECO
AECO was in April 2012 the proud receiver of almost NOK 2 million kroner to carry out three projects aiming at protecting the environment in Svalbard
Climate change and adaptation in expedition cruise tourism in Nunavut