AECO at UK’s Embassy

April 11th, 2014

AECO was invited to give a presentation on Arctic cruise tourism and AECO’s work at United Kingdom’s Embassy in Oslo, yesterday. In addition to Ambassador Jane Owen, Consuls from different parts of Norway and Sweden were present. In a private meeting with Ambassador Owen following the presentation, opportunities and risks connected to the SAR availability […]

New regulations, Eastern Svalbard nature reserves

April 8th, 2014

The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has made the final decision regarding new regulations in Eastern Svalbard nature reserves.  The amended protected area regulation enters into force May 1st 2014. The new regulations involve changes that may influence on cruise operations in the area.   Among the changes are: Zone A has been categorized as […]

Rapidly growing Arctic cruise tourism is a myth

April 4th, 2014

There is a growing interest in the Arctic and Arctic issues are often featured in the media, including stories about a rapid growth in Arctic cruise tourism. AECO is constantly working to correct this picture – at workshops, public presentations and at meetings with government officials and others. Here are the actual numbers on Arctic […]

AECO – an international association of cruise operators

April 4th, 2014

AECO is an association for Arctic expedition cruise operators and associates. Currently AECO has 35 members. 20 of which operates approximately 25 vessels all over the Arctic. In North America AECO is represented with two Canadian operators and four US based operators. In central Europe AECO has two operating members in the Netherlands, one in […]

Cruise between Svalbard and Franz Josef Land

April 4th, 2014

AECO has over the last years has been advocating for direct access with cruise vessels between Svalbard and the national park “Russian Arctic” (Franz Josef Land and northern Novaya Zemlya). With a port of entry in Franz Josef Land, there are prospects of rapid growth in cruise tourism between Svalbard and Russian areas. The issue […]

Marine Committee meeting in Copenhagen

April 4th, 2014

At the end of March 2014 AECO’s Marine Committee met in Copenhagen. Other mariners and IAATO were also present. Besides updates and discussion with Danish Maritime Authorities (DMA) regarding new regulations in Greenland, the committee discussed issues such as: the way forward in regards to the Polar Code, use of AECO’s web site for sharing of […]

Solution for crowd sourcing of depth sounding

April 4th, 2014

Leif Skog from Lindblad Expedition has researched and found a solution to share historical Arctic depth soundings between AECO-members – and Antarctica soundings between IAATO members. Several other members are taking great interest is this development, and it is likely that steps to collect and share these valuable data will be taken shortly.