Membership goes to 116
The newest affiliates bring IAATO’s membership to 116, comprising 48 operators, five provisional operators and 63 associate members.
Joining IAATO exhibits a company’s 'desire to safeguard Antarctica and learn from the pooled wisdom of the IAATO family, which comes from the hundreds of years of experience we have between us,' according to Executive Committee Chair Mark van der Hulst.
'As a self-regulating body we have stringent criteria for joining in order to ensure that every new member shares our mission and vision, so gaining membership reflects a great deal of hard work,' he added.
Mandatory observation scheme
Provisional operators are required to carry an IAATO observer during their first season in the Antarctic to witness their operations in practice and offer feedback to ensure they meet IAATO’s operational guidelines.
At the association's annual meeting, held May 3 in Cape Town, members also approved a mandatory observation scheme for all IAATO operators.