The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators’ (AECO) initiative for a collaborative network and platform between expedition cruise operators and search and rescue (SAR) entities in the Arctic has met for the first time.
The Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Arena (JASA) will focus on solving identified SAR-challenges.
The initiative is based on the need to establish a network that can follow up on relevant findings from SAR exercises and also serve as a platform for sharing experiences.
JASA is a unique voluntary network where effective collaborative measures connected to Arctic Search and Rescue are achievable since all members share the same goals and vision, says AECO’s executive director.
Since 2016, AECO has been working with Arctic SAR entities to enhance safety in Arctic expedition cruise operations. The work has been done through joint exercises, training, workshops, meetings, information exchange, and projects.
Together with its partners, including the Canadian and Icelandic Coast Guard, the Joint Arctic Command and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Norway, the network will address and act on issues connected to maritime safety and SAR in Arctic expedition cruise operations.