Audunn Fridrik Kristinsson


Audunn Fridrik Kristinsson

Chief of Operation and Director of ICG maritime Operation. Served as navigation officer and vessel captain, navigation officer, diver and rescue swimmer on helicopters / fixed wing aircraft from 1992. Deputy Chief of Operation from 2012 to 2023. Graduated from Reykjavik Navigation College 1994, Project Management and leadership from University of Iceland 2006 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Reykjavik University 2018. Throughout the years, participated various committees, projects and working groups in field of Maritime and Arctic safety and security including Arctic Coast Guard forum, Arctic Security Forces Round-table and ARCSAR. Led several projects in field of Search and rescue, maritime surveillance and ICG assets renewal including ICG aircraft renewal 2007-2009 and OPV renewal 2021. Project management of ICG Fixed Wing aircraft and vessels participation in Frontex joint operation in Mediterranean.

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The recent year, we have increased collaborative effort to enhance maritime safety, particularly focusing on mass rescue operations following accidents at sea. Increased cruise traffic have underscored the importance of preparedness and the effectiveness of exercises in improving response capabilities. In the North Atlantic, cooperation with cruise ship industry has been instrumental in preventing accidents, highlighting the significance of proactive measures. Iceland has developed a comprehensive response plan that aims to address group accidents at sea, ensuring a swift and coordinated response across various locations within its jurisdiction. In this lecture will go through exercises, national and international cooperation, contingency planing and other factors that will enhance maritime safety in Icelandic waters.