This week, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) published the report their most recent search and rescue (SAR) tabletop exercise. The report concludes that cruise ships can make valuable contribution to search and rescue in the Arctic. To achieve this, dialogue between the cruise industry and SAR responders is essential.
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AECO is pleased to welcome Polaris Tours GmbH as an Affiliate member to AECO. Polaris Tours GmbH is a German company founded in 2012. They organize tours and specialize in polar destinations. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation
AECO is pleased to welcome CAISSA Tourism Group as an Affiliate member to AECO. CAISSA Tourism Group is a Chinese travel agency based in Beijing. They have been organizing trips to the AECO area since 2013. AECO welcomes the new member and looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.
AECO is pleased to welcome Mystic Cruises as an Associate Member to AECO. Mystic Cruises is a Portuguese cruise company that owns a newly built vessel, MS World Explorer (to be delivered in November 2018). They are planning on chartering the vessel from 2019, both in Arctic and Antarctic areas. AECO welcomes the new member […]
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 […]
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.
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. https://www.pro-fuels.com/
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.
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.
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.