Archive for «SAR»

Report from Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Tabletop Exercise published

August 10th, 2021

This week, the report from the most recent Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Tabletop Exercise was published. The report highlights how the skillset of expedition staff can be leveraged when establishing and evacuating passengers to a shore camp. The report also describes how vessels in distress, vessels of opportunity, search and rescue responders and home offices can work together to use available resources in the best possible way.

Arctic search and rescue partners pioneer virtual tabletop exercise

December 14th, 2020

For the fifth year in a row, the Arctic expedition cruise industry, search and rescue sector and academia gathered for a joint tabletop exercise. This year, the exercise was organized as a fully virtual event, gathering nearly 130 participants from across the world. 

Lufttransport, AECO and the Governor of Svalbard launch heli-rescue training video

October 16th, 2019

The Arctic expedition cruise industry and search and rescue responders are collaborating to enhance preparedness and collaboration. The latest step in this effort is a new video that explains how crew and staff onboard vessels can assist in a helicopter rescue operation.

Arctic search and rescue exercise gathers cruise industry and responders

April 11th, 2019

More than 80 representatives from the Arctic expedition cruise industry, the search and rescue sector and academia participated in the Fourth Joint Arctic Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshop and Tabletop Exercise in Reykjavik this week.

AECO participates in ARCSAR kick-off

September 25th, 2018

Last month, AECO  and AECO member PolarQuest participated in the kick-off meeting of the ARCSAR project in Bodø.

AECO joins Svalbard’s Emergency Preparedness Council

June 21st, 2018

A new milestone has been reached for AECO this month as the association was invited to become part of Svalbard’s council for public safety, preparedness and crises management. 

AECO represents cruise industry in new Arctic SAR network

February 5th, 2018

Cruise industry, authorities and researchers will join forces to enhance Arctic SAR through the new ARCSAR network. Having secured €3.5 million in EU funding, the ARCSAR project will run for five years and include a live exercise on a cruise vessel.

Expedition cruise ships help locate sailboat presumed lost in Svalbard

September 21st, 2017

Monday evening, Northern Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) received signals from an Emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) transmitting from a position just north of Magdalenafjorden (Magdalena Bay) in Svalbard. The beacon belonged to a sail boat that has Longyearbyen as its home port. The JRCC tried contacting the boat with no response. Other […]