U.S. Coast Guard issues Polar Code guidance

March 23rd, 2016

The Polar Code, which will come into force on January 1, 2017, addresses safety and environmental requirements for ships and the level of training required for deck officers. To address a gap between the time the Polar Code enters into force and the adoption of the amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, […]

Funding of marine waste project

March 22nd, 2016

AECO has been invited to be a partner in a project that will deal with marine waste in the Arctic. The main objective of this project is to set the stage for better management of marine litter. As part of the project, scientists may review and study the clean-up efforts already made by the industry […]

Svalbard Tourism Conference

March 22nd, 2016

AECO, in cooperation with Visit Svalbard, Svalbard Business Council and the University in Svalbard – and with funding from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund – will organize a tourism conference in Longyearbyen, September 5-7, 2016. The conference will deal with tourism development in Svalbard with special focus on use versus protection. The conference language will be […]

IMO infographics for Polar Code

March 18th, 2016

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) and related amendments to make it mandatory under both the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The organization has developed infographics […]

Community guidelines

March 17th, 2016

AECO has initiated a community guidelines project with partners from Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and Northern Norway. The partnership is applying for external funding from NORA – the North Atlantic Cooperation – for this project. The results of the funding application will be made public the beginning of May 2016 .

Wildlife guidelines

March 16th, 2016

AECO is currently working on a number of new wildlife guidelines similar to the existing walrus guidelines – see the walrus guidelines here. The new guidelines will focus on management issues when tourists are in proximity of seals, reindeer, arctic fox, birds, whales and bears. Similar to the existing guidelines, the new efforts will be […]

New regulations in Greenland

March 15th, 2016

At the end of 2015 three new orders were issued regarding Greenland: Act regarding Safe navigation for Greenland Act regarding Activities and obligations of pilots around Greenland Pilotage around Greenland The new regulations are the result of a process that has been going on since 2012, during which time AECO and CLIA have successfully managed […]

MARPART – For industry and researchers

March 15th, 2016

MARPART – Maritime International Partnership in the High North – is a collaboration of maritime industry stakeholders, universities and researchers. AECO is a part of MARPART’s advisory board. In late February, MARPART organized its third conference, focusing on maritime emergency management and transnational cooperation in the High North. The conference took place in Reykjavik, and […]

Arctic Command gets new commander and chief

March 15th, 2016

At the end of February, Arctic Command welcomed the new commander and chief, Kim Jesper Jørgensen, to Nuuk. AECO congratulates Arctic Command and looks forward to meeting with Kim Jesper Jørgensen in Copenhagen at the end of April at the invitation of the Arctic Command.  

AECO EC Meeting in Copenhagen

March 1st, 2016

AECO’s executive committee met in Copenhagen at the end of February. Among the topics discussed were AECO’s strategic direction, priorities, new projects and involvements. The minutes from the meeting can be downloaded from the members-only section of AECO’s website.     Photo: From right: Jørn Henriksen, Hurtigruten (chair); Bill Davis, Quark Expeditions; Leif Skog, Lindblad […]