Site guidelines become mandatory in West-Spitsbergen

March 26th, 2015

AECO’s work on site specific guidelines in the Arctic is bearing fruits. A newly published proposal for a Management plan for West-Spitsbergen national parks includes a requirement to develop site-specific guidelines before landing at nine sites along the coast. AECO has already developed site guidelines for seven of the sites in question and will take […]

Greenland regulations

March 26th, 2015

The shipping regulation process in Greenland was postponed last year due to a Greenlandic election. The issue will however be presented at the Greenlandic Parliament again this year. The original proposal has been aligned with the Polar Code. It is still a proposal that first and foremost regulates vessels carrying more than 250 passengers.

Deregulation of Canadian cruise permitting process initiated

March 26th, 2015

AECO has made progress concerning Canadian awareness of the need for less Canadian bureaucracy regarding cruise permits. Last year AECO wrote an open letter to the Canadian authorities addressing the cumbersome, expensive and problematic Canadian cruise permitting system with more than 50 different applications and permits, which can (and often must) be obtained from more […]


March 26th, 2015

Mark the dates. AECO has become partner with Cruise Islands of the North Atlantic (CINA) in organizing a Cruise Symposium in Torshavn – the capital of the Faro Islands – on April 27th and 28th 2016. The starting point of the conference will be the new realities of cruising in the Arctic, and the North […]

Sharing of depth soundings

March 26th, 2015

At this point in time eight AECO-vessels use a Olex-system with the historical data, which the sharing of depth sounding project has evolved around. The vessels are: MV Expeditions, Fram, Ortelius, Plancius, Silver Explorer, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion and Seaborne Quest. It has been a challenge to share the historical data between vessels […]

One Ocean awarded Erebus medal by Canadian Government

March 26th, 2015

This month AECO member One Ocean Expeditions, has been awarded the Erebus Medal by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. This special one-time honor commemorates the find of HMS Erebus, one of the lost ships of the British Arctic Expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin. The new medal was awarded at the Royal Ontario Museum in […]

AMUT-Project Update

March 26th, 2015

AECO is a partner in an exciting Canadian site guidelines project which is a part of the AMUT-project (AMUT = Arctic Marine Use and Transportation). Within the next month AECO and the rest of the project partners will know if the project receives the necessary funding. It looks as if the project stands a good […]

End of pax-tax in Greenland

March 19th, 2015

The Greenland Self-Government has decided that they will remove the “per passenger fee” (pax-tax) for cruise vessels visiting Greenland. It is most likely that the “pax-tax” will be replaced by a “per gross tonnage per 24 hours harbor fee”. The full picture has not been drawn yet, but the pax-tax in Greenland may by history […]

Chinese company joins AECO

March 11th, 2015

AECO has welcomed Guangzhou Jizhi (3 polar) International Travel Services as the first Chinese Affiliate member in the association. Guangzhou Jizhi International Travel Service was established by a group of polar travel experts, who have rich experience in Arctic and Antarctica tours.  Since 2006 they have organized over 50 groups to visit the polar areas […]