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AECO statement on polar bear incident in Svalbard

July 30th, 2018

Saturday July 28, a polar bear was shot dead in Svalbard after attacking a cruise ship’s polar bear guard. The guard sustained moderate injuries. The incident is being investigated by the Governor of Svalbard. Svalbard, and the high Arctic in general, is a region of the world where wildlife habitats and human settlements overlap. As […]

Longyearbyen launches first community specific tourism guidelines

July 24th, 2018

This month, Longyearbyen became the first Arctic town to launch its own community specific guidelines. The guidelines instruct tourists on how to be considerate visitors and were developed using a template created by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and partners.

Welcome to AECO Pro Fuels

July 19th, 2018

AECO is pleased to welcome Pro Fuels as an Affiliate member to AECO. Pro Fuels is a company based in Norway that provides fuel for the maritime industry. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.

Arctic cruise with less plastic and more beach cleanups

July 9th, 2018

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is working with cruise operators in the field to identify how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Ship to Shore donates to AECO’s Clean Seas efforts

July 2nd, 2018

AECO’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution get another boost as AECO member Ship to Shore donates USD 3,321 from their 1% for the Planet fund towards Clean Seas education, reduction and cleanups.

AECO in Iceland to discuss sustainable tourism

June 28th, 2018

This week, AECO has been in Iceland to meet with local stakeholders and share experiences from managing environmentally friendly and considerate tourism in the Arctic.

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. 

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.