Joint Arctic SAR initiative set up

2023-11-30T21:48:07+00:00 November 30th, 2023|Safety|

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operator’s (AECO) initiative for a collaborative network and platform between expedition cruise operators and search and rescue (SAR) entities in the Arctic recently met for the first time.

The new venture, the Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Arena (JASA), will focus on solving identified SAR challenges.

JASA is based on a need to establish a network that can follow up relevant findings from SAR exercises, plus also serve as a platform for sharing experiences and innovations, and create opportunity for new initiatives, AECO explained.

“JASA is a unique voluntary network were effective collaborative measures connected to Arctic Search and Rescue are achievable, since all members share the same goals and vision,” said Frigg Jørgensen, AECO’s Executive Director (pictured).

Since 2016, AECO has collaborated with Arctic SAR entities to enhance safety in Arctic expedition cruise operations. The work has been undertaken through joint exercises, training, workshops, meetings, information exchange, projects, and more.

This year, the Joint Arctic SAR event ‘from findings to actions’, made it clear that a more systematic and result oriented follow up on findings and areas in need of improvement is necessary. As a result, the idea of JASA was born.

Together with partners, such as the Canadian and Icelandic Coast Guard, the Joint Arctic Command and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Norway, the network will address and act on issues connected to maritime safety and SAR in Arctic expedition cruise operations, AECO said.

JASA participants:

  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Icelandic Coast Guard
  • Norwegian Coast Guard
  • US Coast Guard
  • VØRN – Faro Island Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre
  • Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Norway
  • Representatives from AECO’s secretariat
  • Representatives from AECO’s membership.