Joint Arctic SAR Event

Spring 2024 (TBA)

During the last decade, Arctic Search and Rescue (SAR) entities and the Arctic expedition cruise industry have strengthened their collaboration through exercises and other activities.

Date: March 18th, 2024 – March 19th, 2024

Why a Joint Arctic SAR Event?

Cruise industry representatives, SAR responders and others have described previous joint SAR events, as well as the collaboration between SAR responders and the cruise industry, as highly valuable for strengthening and further developing SAR preparedness and response in the Arctic. The six past Joint Arctic SAR TTX and Workshops are among these, as is the recent ARCSAR LIVEX in Svalbard.

This collaboration has improved the dialogue and cooperation across sectors, leading to a greater understanding of the competencies, capacities and capabilities of the different actors, including limitations and potentials.

The event has also consolidated its reputation as a highly important networking platform.



The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Northern Norway (JRCC NN) in collaboration with ARCSAR (Arctic and North Atlantic Security and Emergency Preparedness Network) have organized  the annual Joint Arctic SAR Workshop and TTX since 2016. In 2020, the event was organized as a digital event.

The organizing partners are aiming at organizing new in-person events as soon at the COVID-19 pandemic allows for it, but for the time being, AECO and partners are exploring opportunities for virtual events related to Arctic search and rescue. Date and theme for future events are to be determined and will be announced in due time.

Previous events

Press release 2023 

Program 2023

Press release 2020

Program 2019

Program 2018

Program 2017

Program 2016 

Reports from previous years 

2020 Joint Arctic SAR workshop and TTX

2019 Joint Arctic SAR workshop and TTX

2018 Joint Arctic SAR workshop and TTX 

2017 Joint Arctic SAR workshop and TTX 

2016 Joint Arctic SAR workshop and TTX  

Photo: SAREX Svalbard