Arctic search and rescue responders (SAR) and cruise operators met at a joint arctic SAR workshop and tabletop exercise (TTX) in Reykjavik on April 6th and 7th. The objective of the TTX was to strengthen the cooperation and exchange of knowledge and information between the Arctic cruise industry and various Arctic SAR entities. The focus of the TTX was an incident involving an expedition cruise vessel with the aim of learning and identifying areas that could be improved. Valuable lessons learned, knowledge-sharing, new platforms for dialogue and further cooperation were some of the takeaways from this important, and historic, event.
The workshop is a part of AECO’s increased efforts related to SAR in the Arctic – efforts which will be continued when AECO organizes another joint arctic SAR workshop/TTX early April next year in Reykjavik.
This year’s event was organized by AECO in cooperation with the Icelandic Coast Guard and Hurtigruten and gathered 56 participants from 37 different organizations. Participation included most of the SAR responders and cruise operators in the Arctic, including the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Air Force, the Finnish Border Guard, the Norwegian Coast Guard, the US Coast Guard, the Icelandic police and Arctic Command of the Danish Defense, as well as a number of AECO members, other Arctic cruise operators and industry organizations and research institutions. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum, which organized a back-to-back meeting with this event, was also represented.
The complete workshop report with lessons learned and takeaways can be found on the members-only pages of AECO’s website.