Cruise Ship Tourism
Cruise Ship Tourism - Implementation of AMSA Recommendation I(D) - Strengthening Passenger Ship Safety in Arctic Waters
The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report notes that passenger and cruise vessel activity represents a significant proportion of vessel activity in the Arctic and that such activity is growing. The AMSA Report also emphasize the significant management challenges posed by the continued increase in this traffic, including those pertaining to passenger safety needs and protection of the Arctic marine environment from sinkings, groundings, and pollution.
AMSA Report Recommendation I(D) provides that Arctic states should "... and strongly encourage cruise ship operators to develop, implement and share their own best practices for operating in such conditions, including consideration of measures such as timing voyages so that other ships are within rescue distance in case of emergency."
To advance the implementation of this recommendation the PAME Working Group has sought information on cruise industry and Arctic State best practices and standards related to safety and environmental protection in an effort to develop a consolidated summary of best practices for cruise ships operating in the Arctic.
Summary of Information Received as of February 2011
Information in response to the request of Denmark and the USA was received from Norway, the United Kingdom and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and was supplemented by the USA. The information is consolidated below into four categories of standards/guidance: (1) international; (2) national; (3) industry; and (4)non-governmental organization (NGO)/other.
- 1. International Standards/Guidance
- 2. National Standards /Guidance
- 3. Industry Standards / Guidance
- 4. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)/Other Standards/Guidelines