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New nautical charts available for Storfjorden, Helysundet/Ormholet and Freemansundet

May 9th, 2018

AECO’s push to speed up the chartering in Eastern and South Svalbard has given results. A shipping lane through Storfjorden, including a lane along the coast of Edgeøya has been chartered. New nautical charts, no. 528 «Storfjorden. Sør. Isbukta – Kvalpynten» and no. 532 «Storfjorden. Kvalpynten – Agardhbukta», and a new edition of no. 533 […]

AECO hires environmental agent

May 2nd, 2018

The Arctic expedition cruise industry steps up efforts to combat marine plastic pollution as AECO hires seasoned polar tourism professional Sarah Auffret as AECO’s new environmental agent.

AECO to combat marine plastic litter

April 23rd, 2018

Armed with NOK 2.43 million in funding, UN backing and thousands of volunteers, AECO is taking on one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time: marine plastic pollution. As part of the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, AECO will work to drastically cut back on single-use plastics on Arctic expedition cruise vessels, as well as enhance cruise passengers’ involvement in regular beach cleanups.

New Provisional member: Viking Cruises

March 26th, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Viking Cruises as a Provisional member (Category B) to AECO.

Are you AECO’s new environmental agent?

March 15th, 2018

AECO is seeking an Environmental agent who will spearhead AECO’s environmental efforts, including CleanSeas and CleanUps. The position is ideal for a someone who is eager to apply their skills in a project that will have concrete outcomes and benefits for the Arctic environment.

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.

Affiliate member: Damen Shipyards

January 31st, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Damen Shipyards as an Affiliate member to AECO. Damen Shipyards is a global shipbuilding group based in The Netherlands. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.

New Affiliate member: Fathom Marine

January 16th, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Fathom Marine as an Affiliate member to AECO.

AECO wins funding for environmental awareness project

January 9th, 2018

AECO has received NOK 200 000 (USD 24,000 approx.) in funding from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund to spread knowledge about what visitors can do to help protect Svalbard’s environment. AECO will use the funding to develop information posters and infographics targeted at cruise tourists. The posters and infographics will be based on AECO’s existing […]

AECO launches Arctic Field Staff Online Assessment

January 8th, 2018

The online assessment gives AECO-affiliated guides and expedition leaders the opportunity to test their knowledge of relevant Arctic regulations and AECO’s guidelines. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators’ (AECO’s) new Field Staff Online Assessment is part of the trade organization’s efforts to manage responsible and sustainable tourism in the Arctic. Field staff are among […]