One of the Icelandic Coast Guard vessels. This vessel is known among the coast guards as the “Swiss Army Knife”. That is due to its many capabilities. I.e. ice breaking, oil spill management, search and rescue, crane operations, defense capabilities and many more. Within a few days this vessel will go on patrol for more than a month. Many thanks to the Icelandic Coast Guards for the tour!!
Arcsar - Arctic Security and Emergency Preparedness Network
Wonderful team!Interesting first day of the Arctic Search and Rescue Tabletop Exercise and Workshop. Topics included updates on tourism and search and rescue (SAR) in the Arctic, engagement of local communities in SAR and oil spill preparedness. The program also covered the response to recent marine incidents in the Arctic.
Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, Icelandic Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, opens the Arctic Search and Rescue Tabletop Exercise and Workshop. The event takes place in Reykjavik today and tomorrow. For the fourth year in a row, more than 70 participants from the cruise industry and search and rescue authorities are attending this event organized by AECO, Landhelgisgæsla Íslands/Icelandic Coast Guard and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Northern Norway. This year, the exercise scenario is developed by the Canadian Coast Guard.
We are here at the Fourth Arctic Search And Rescue Workshop & TTX in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Difficult weather conditions and long distances remain among the main factors affecting SAR missions. Countries sharing borders in the Arctic have different capabilities, each complementing one another, making cross border collaboration crucial in order to conduct timely and adequate SAR responses.