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Cruise association meets Denmark’s Arctic Command

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators recently met the commander and chief of Arctic Command, part of Denmark’s armed forces, to discuss common interests and possible cooperation.

Arctic Command’s main task is to monitor the waters surrounding Greenland and the Faroe Islands. This includes inspections of cruise vessels, which are subject to reporting requirements when sailing in these waters. The association, meanwhile, represents most of the expeditionary cruise operators sailing in the region.

As safety at sea becomes ever more important, especially in the Arctic, the background for Arctic Command’s search and rescue exercises in the last two years has been the scenario of the grounding of a cruise vessel.

Among a great deal of shared data, the cruise association said it would give Arctic Command access to its vessel-tracking system, through which member vessels can track other vessels’ positions, direction and speed.

It also agreed to grant the command access to its new cruise database, which gives users knowledge about vessels’ technical specifications and overviews of sailing plans and activities.

The association is currently making assessments to find the best way of sharing depth soundings recorded by cruise vessels when sailing in Arctic waters – an important source when navigating in areas with limited or no official sea charts.

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[pictured: Tourists visiting a glacier in Svalbard; photo by Woodwalker]

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