Exercise caution when sailing near icebergs
Within the last years - and especially near Ilulissat Icefjord - locals have witnessed cruise ship vessels that have approached big icebergs far too close for photo opportunities.
We must strongly warn all commanders against such kind of navigation near the icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord. Not keeping a minimum safe distance of 200 meters may endanger the lives of passengers and crew onboard.
Furthermore, we recommend NOT to use Zodiacs or dinghies to take passengers close to the ice on sea excursions. Please take advantage of local excursion operators as these are familiar with local conditions and are fully safety certified by appropriate authorities.
This will also be beneficial to the local communities and to the overall image of cruise tourism in Greenland as being an economically viable industry for the locals.
For cruise vessels AND tour operators that despite these messages intend to continue the above-mentioned practices, we urge that passengers be duly notified of the inherent risks.
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