Third Joint Arctic SAR Event

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Northern Norway are inviting Arctic expedition cruise operators (AECO-members) and representatives from all relevant Arctic SAR Entities, to join us for the Third Joint Arctic SAR Event.

Date: April 10th, 2018 – April 11th, 2018
Location: Reykjavik

Arctic cruise tourism is a cross-border activity in all Arctic countries. The interest for Arctic cruises continues to grow, and an increasing number of operators and cruise vessels are involved. Close attention must be given to safety and SAR in Arctic cruise tourism, and the responsibility for this rests with the operators as well as authorities

In April 2016 a first Arctic SAR Workshop and TTX was held with the objective of strengthening the dialogue, cooperation and exchange of information between the Arctic cruise industry and various Arctic SAR responders, and to work together through a theoretical simulation. During this first workshop, participants from both the SAR community and the cruise Industry expressed a greater understanding of each other’s competencies, capacities and capabilities, included limitations and potentials. The evaluation of this experience showed that the first workshop should be considered a beginning. A Second Joint Arctic SAR TTX and workshop was thus organised in 2017, with an increased interest and number of participants.

In 2018 the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Northern Norway will again organize an Joint Arctic SAR Event. This will take place in Reykjavik, April 10 and 11. We all relevant participants from operating members of AECO, such as commanding bridge officers and operation management with roles in SAR operations, and relevant participants from Arctic search and rescue entities, such as personnel involved in Arctic maritime search and rescue operations, to join us to continue working towards expanding the dialog and cooperation.