Director, Maritime Safety in Miami, FL at Royal Caribbean Group

Date Posted: 4/6/2021

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Job Description

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Position Summary: 
This position is responsible for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. maritime safety and compliance programs.  This includes regulatory compliance, maritime training, emergency preparedness and investigations.  The position will lead the development of procedures and systems that support shipboard safety programs and will also direct investigations and analysis for all types of accidents, incidents and non-conformities. This position will represent the company with external authorities and organizations in maritime safety related matters.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee corporate compliance related to all aspects of maritime safety and shipboard emergency response. 

  • Direct the Maritime Safety Group within the Safety, Environment and Health department and manage permanent staff of five employees plus various external consultants and shipboard employees on a project basis.


  • Direct and/or conduct investigations of shipboard marine-related accidents.  Interview all levels of persons involved including senior shipboard officers and shoreside management.  Prepare or review investigative reports and present report details and findings to senior management and external agencies including flag and port state control authorities and classification society inspectors.  Represent the company as a safety expert in litigation. 


  • Manage the implementation and continued oversight of the operational quality assurance program.  Determine appropriate metrics and parameters to monitor the fleet(s) and conduct trending and analysis of data for safety improvements.


  • Develop and implement maritime safety improvement activities throughout the corporation and provide advice on proposed maritime safety processes and technology acquisitions.


  • Represent the corporation at working sessions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), U.S. Coast Guard and other maritime safety related regulatory organizations.


  • Manage feedback and corrective actions for internal and external safety reports including Accidents, Incidents, Compliance and Suggestions for improvement and audits.  Develop reports and conduct statistical analysis from the accident reporting database and other sources of maritime safety information as required for trending and analysis and use this information to develop and implement safety improvements. 


  • Lead the corporate shore-side maritime safety committees and serve as the secretariat for other safety related committees (Maritime Advisory Board, Steering Committees, etc. as directed). Provide detailed reports for senior executive management including Board of Directors and Management Review Board meetings.  Provide analysis of data and present action plans related to this information.

  • Support newbuilding projects and start-up operations by providing expertise in safety related matters as well as coordination with authorities on compliance issues.  Responsible for oversight of new vessel start-up safety training and safety inspection programs. 


  • Manage the fleet safety and nautical traveling teams and their programs.  Provide detailed analysis to the operational groups on their work and progress. 


  • Monitor regulatory training compliance including training provided by vendors and safety trainers.  Lead the oversight of shipboard training programs for all safety related training including development of new training and continual improvement to training management systems.  Coordinate with the operational departments to ensure all training is aligned with corporate procedures and standards. 


  • Evaluate and support the development of shipboard Safety Plans including fire control plans, damage control plans, evacuation plans, shipboard emergency response procedures including computer system interface (access database and training tracking system) and all changes, and upgrades.  Facilitate Flag State/Class Society coordination and approval where needed. 


  • Provide subject matter expertise for all safety related regulatory issues with particular focus on IMO, Flag State and Port State regulations. Participate in, and facilitate when needed, corporate situational responses to incidents and serve in corporate Emergency Response (Situation Management) organizations when required.



Job Requirements

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: 

  • Requires Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years experience in an operational transportation safety related role including management responsibility.  Master's degree in management or safety related focus preferred.  Maritime licensed officer preferred.  Management experience should include primary responsibilities in transportation operations and the training, implementation, and administration of safety systems.  Experience interacting with all levels of government officials or regulatory bodies preferred.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers within a Windows environment including e-mail, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and related printers and equipment preferred.  Requires strong interpersonal skills to communicate with all levels of management and supervise group of employees.  Professional fluency in writing, reading and speaking in English is a must.
  • Possess in-depth knowledge / understanding of operational transportation policy and procedure development and implementation such as a safety management system (SMS).
  • Ability to collaborate with nautical and technical operations departments as well as all levels of shipboard deck and engine officers and crew to lead continual improvement efforts.
  • Possess advanced knowledge of safety systems and technical equipment such as navigation, fire detection and suppression, lifesaving systems and data recording (black box) equipment.
  • Must have strong communications skills; confident and capable public speaker and proficient in completing complex technical documents for distribution to senior leadership and external audiences.

It is the policy of the Company to ensure equal employment and promotion opportunity to qualified candidates without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity or expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. RCL and each of its subsidiaries prohibit and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment. 

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