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New guidelines for private yachts 

April 16th, 2019

To ensure sustainable and safe travel, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has issued guidelines for private yachts sailing to and in the Arctic. The guidelines will help yacht operators plan a safe and considerate voyage as well as provide other valuable information. AECO has also launched a website where additional information and […]

Have you checked your baggage for alien species?

April 12th, 2019

Are you travelling to the Arctic? Seeds, insects and parasites can travel with you as stowaways without your knowledge. A new short film explains how you can avoid bringing unwanted species that can threaten the vulnerable Arctic environment.

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.

Job opening: Environmental Agent

April 4th, 2019

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is an international association for Arctic expedition cruise operators and associated industries. AECO main objectives are to ensure environmentally friendly, safe and considerate tourism in the Arctic, and to advocate for the interests of our members. Our almost 70 international members operate more than 50 cruise vessels […]

AECO hires Marine Operations Agent

April 1st, 2019

AECO is pleased to announce that Mr. Brede Valanes has been hired as AECO’s new marine operations agent. Valanes assumed the position on April 1, 2019. Valanes is a certified Master Mariner and has experience from the coast guard, fisheries, oil and gas industry, as well as cruise tourism. In addition to working at sea, […]

Memorial gathering in Tromsø

March 13th, 2019

Since we learned the devastating news on Sunday, there has been an outpouring of condolences and greetings from Sarah’s friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Sarah had a tremendous impact on the people around her. This Friday, there will be a memorial gathering for Sarah in Tromsø for everyone who would like to attend. The gathering will […]

AECO staff member perished in plane accident

March 10th, 2019

We are shocked and heartbroken to learn that our colleague and dear friend, Sarah Auffret, was on the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET0302 which crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa Sunday morning, with no survivors. Sarah was on her way to Nairobi to talk about the Cleans Seas project in connection with the UN Environment […]

AECO welcomes Asteria Expeditions as Affiliate Member

January 25th, 2019

AECO is pleased to welcome Asteria Expeditions as an Affiliate member to AECO. Asteria Expeditions is a travel agent based in Belgium that organizes trips to both the Arctic and Antarctica. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.

AECO welcomes Cape Race Corporation as Provisional Member

January 16th, 2019

AECO is pleased to welcome Cape Race Corporation as a Provisional Member of AECO. Cape Race Corporation is the owning company of the vessel Cape Race. They are planning trips to the polar regions from 2020. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.

AECO signs declaration to combat illegal wildlife trade

December 10th, 2018

AECO has signed the Travel and Tourism Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife. AECO is an industry association dedicated to managing responsible expedition cruise tourism in the Arctic. On December 7, the Association signed the Buenos Aires Declaration, which states that signatories cannot knowingly facilitate the carriage or sale of illegally traded wildlife products. According […]