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AECO’s guidelines are in many ways the association’s backbone and very important tools to achieve the objectives to ensure that cruise tourism in the Arctic is carried out with the utmost consideration of the natural environment, local cultures, as well as challenging safely hazards at sea an on land. But AECO’s objectives and strategies stretches further and the association is involved in many activities.

OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES

To ensure that expedition cruises and tourism in the Arctic is 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.

To be recognized as the primary organization representing the concerns and views of the expedition cruise tourism companies operating in the Arctic.

To agree upon and encourage the incorporation of specific standards and guidelines of operating expedition cruises in the Arctic.

To encourage the use of the highest qualified guides and staff knowledgeable and experienced in the Arctic environment, it’s natural and human history and contemporary culture.

To stimulate and encourage coordination among expedition cruise operators offering voyages to the Arctic.

To serve as a contact and advisory group to government ministries and agencies responsible for managing and regulating the lands, surrounding marine waters, and human activities in the Arctic

To interact with and maintain an open dialogue with non-governmental organizations interested in the Arctic.

To educate all interested groups and people about the Arctic and its unique environment, culture and natural history.

Secretariat

Frigg Jørgensen, Executive Director

Ilja Leo Lang, Office Manager

Ida Lund Winther, Acting Office Manager Denmark

Edda Falk, Communications Manager

Maria Florencia Becherini, Executive Secretary and Accountant

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Committees AND RESOURCE GROUPS

Executive Committee

Jørn Henriksen, Hurtigruten (chair)

Bill Davis, Quark Expeditions

Leif Skog, Lindblad Expeditions

Troels Jacobsen, Oceanwide Expeditions

Conrad Combrink, Silversea Cruises

Marine Committee

Mark van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions (chair)

Leif Skog, Lindblad Expeditions

Benny Didriksen, Hurtigruten

Jan Bruinsma, Tallship Company

Sibrand Hassing, Seabourn/ Holland America

Scott Will, CMI- resource person

Guidelines Committee

Troels Jacobsen, Oceanwide Expeditions (chair)

Susan Adie, G Adventures

Christian Kempf, Grand Espaces

Adam Rheborg, Polar Quest

Alex McNeil, Quark Expeditions

Søren Rasmussen, Albatros

Tore Hoem, Spitsbergen Travel

Kit van Wagner, Silversea

Karin Strand, Hurtigruten

Nicolas Dubreuil, Ponant

Malik Milfeldt, Albatros Travel

Membership Committee

Richard Heller G-Adventures

Stefan Kredel, Silversea Cruises

Karin Strand, Hurtigruten

Mia Lundqvist, PolarQuest

Election Committee

Troels Jacobsen, Oceanwide Expeditions

Jørn Henriksen, Hurtigruten ASA

Greenland Resource Group

Ko de Korte, Oceanwide Expeditions

Christian Kempf, Grand Espaces

Signe Lauring, Albatros Travel

Anja Erdman, Poseidon

Line Overgaard, Hurtigruten

Malik Milfeldt, Albatros Travel

Canada Resource Group

Bill Davis, Quark Expeditions

Susan Adie, G-Adventures

Aaron Lawton, One Ocean Expeditions

Kelvin Murray, EYOS Expeditions

Russia Resource Group

Katerina Petrova, Poseidon Expeditions

Bill Davis, Quark Expeditions

Yacht Commitee

Olivier Pitras, 69 Nord

Kelvin Murray, EYOS Expeditions

Ivar Bertelsen, Boreal

Antoine Busiaux, Aztec Lady

events

  • Annual Arctic cruise conference
  • Arctic expedition leader conferences

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Assessment of the impact of expedition cruise traffic on Svalbard
  • Arctic cruise database
  • Measuring and managing introduction on non-native organisms
  • Pre-project in Arctic cruise guide training
  • Pre-project on registration and use of field fauna observations
  • Developed 20 site specific guidelines

EXPERT CONSULTING

  • Norwegian ship safety Act
  • Norwegian Harbor and fairway Act
  • Port state control in Svalbard
  • Regulation regarding duty to report position in Svalbard
  • Regulation relating the use of Bellsund – vanMijen waters
  • Duty to notify ship accidents and incidents
  • NOx tax Norway
  • Jan Mayen nature reserves
  • Protected areas regulations in Svalbard
  • Management plan for Eastern Svalbard nature reserves
  • Amendment Svalbard Environmental Protection Act
  • Pilotage requirements in Svalbard
  • Duty to carry observer in Greenland
  • Management plan for Greenland national park
  • Executive Order on tourism in Greenland
  • Pairing of vessels in Greenland
  • Amendment of Sea Safety Act, Greenland

Involved in

  • Assessing cruise tourism opportunities and threats in Canada
  • Dialogue and the national park ”Russian Arctic” regarding tourism development
  • Pan-Arctic and international activities through:
    • Arctic Council PAME, AMAP and AMSA
    • World Metrology Organization (WMO)
    • Arctic Hydrograph’s forum
    • Nordic Council

Co-operation

  • AECO works, inter alia, with stakeholders such as IAATO, CLIA, ECC/CLIA Europe, Cruise Norway, Svalbard Tourism and Visit Greenland.

Project based partnership

  • Norwegian Coastal administration – Risk of ship accidents Eastern Svalbard
  • University of Tromsø – Measuring and managing introduction of non-native organisms
  • Nordlandsforskning – 1st Science-Industry platform on expedition cruise tourism in Svalbard).
  • University of Ottawa – Site guidelines in Canada
  • British Antarctic Survey – Optimizing situational awareness in the Arctic through integrated space technologies
  • Danish Meteorology Institute – Improved situational awareness in the Arctic
  • Vegaspace – Space based solutions and services
  • Norwegian Hydrographic Services – Crowd sourcing depth soundings
  • Government of Yukon – Use of guidelines in permitting processes
  • Norwegian Meteorology Institute – PRIMER (“Polar ships, Routing in Ice,
    Monitoring, and Emergency Response”
  • Danish Maritime Authorities EfficienSea 2 project – AECO is a part of the High Level User Group

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