Second Joint Arctic SAR Workshop & TTX

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Northern Norway are inviting Arctic expedition cruise operators and representatives from all relevant Arctic SAR Entities to join us for the Second Arctic SAR Workshop & TTX.

Date: April 5th, 2017 – April 6th, 2017
Location: Reykjavik

Arctic cruise tourism is a cross-border activity in all Arctic countries. The interest for Arctic cruises continues to grow, and an increasing number of operators and cruise vessels are involved. Close attention must be given to safety and SAR in Arctic cruise tourism, and the responsibility for this rests with the operators as well as authorities

In April 2016 a first Arctic SAR Workshop and TTX was held with the objective of strengthening the dialogue, cooperation and exchange of information between the Arctic cruise industry and various Arctic SAR responders, and to work together through a theoretical simulation. During this first workshop, participants from both the SAR community and the cruise Industry expressed a greater understanding of each other’s competencies, capacities and capabilities, included limitations and potentials. The evaluation of this experience showed  that the first workshop should be considered a beginning and that there is a great need to repeat and further develop the network and cooperation, and to follow up on findings and challenges.

For this reasson, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Northern Norway are organizing the Second Arctic SAR Workshop & TTX in April 2017, inviting  all relevant participants from operating members of AECO, such as commanding bridge officers and operation management with roles in SAR operations, and relevant participants from Arctic search and rescue entities, such as personnel involved in Arctic maritime search and rescue operations, to join us to continue working towards expanding the dialog and cooperation.