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Sr. Maritime Safety Investigator in Miami, FL at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Date Posted: 5/13/2019

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    Miami, FL
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Job Description

Sr. Maritime Safety Investigator



The Sr. Maritime Safety Investigator is responsible to lead and conduct investigations into accidents and near misses related to maritime related functions such as fires, collisions, groundings and technical issues as well as personal injuries involving marine operations.  This position ensures the safety of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. guests, employees, contractors, visitors, ships, capital equipment, real property, and reputation via shipboard safety incident response and oversight.  This position is responsible to be up to date on the latest investigative processes and innovative tools.  The investigative team produces lessons learned, safety bulletins and full investigative reports in line with the ISM Code and continuous improvement of maritime safety operations.  The Sr. Investigator is responsible for liaising with external authorities on investigations that warrant outside involvement and represents the company in legal matters and regulatory compliance.



  • Take the lead in investigations, ensuring all aspects of accidents and incidents are thoroughly understood and corrective actions and lessons learned are implemented
  • Work independently in planning and conducting corporate and shipboard investigations identifying clear root and contributory causes as required.
  • Respond to incidents and investigations outside of normal business hours, on holidays and weekends when required
  • Proactively suggest ways to improve operational safety and efficiency
  • Facilitate successful shipboard incident response through sound decision making, effective communication and strong leadership. 
  • Employ appropriate interview techniques to gather evidence at all levels of shipboard employees
  • Ensure the timely documentation and regulatory reporting of shipboard maritime accidents in support of company policy and the IMO, Flag and Class accident reporting requirements. Assist the vessel in documenting incidents and accidents. 
  • Deploy and travel for incident response on short notice (US and International)
  • Testify before courts and administrative hearings on investigative results when needed.
  • Lead the development of procedures, training manuals and related material for the investigative program.
  • Present accident results to senior management with detailed root cause analysis and preventative actions.
  • Provide training to groups of employees in a public speaking forum as needed.
  • Identify potential risk through incident response oversight and guide shipboard safety personnel in the development of prevention strategies. 
  • Leverage past investigative experience to instruct and educate others about investigation processes
  • In addition to the normal work schedule, the position will require 24 hour on call duty as needed.


Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Maritime related degree preferred
  • At least 7 years of maritime operational or investigative experience
  • 3 to 5 years of management experience preferred
  • 5  years of experience in technical or marine operations experience, Sea experience as deck or engine officer preferred
  • Experience in development and implementation of incident prevention programs
  • Proven track record of effectively conducting complex investigations with the ability to professionally communicate the findings orally and in writing.
  • Willing to work office hours, 5 days a week with potential for flexible time based on 24 hour on call requirement.
  • Ability to effectively lead a team
  • Strong writing and organizational skills required.
  • Self-starter with confidence to interact professionally at all levels of shipboard and shoreside employees during investigation
  • Ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate decisions and guidance.
  • Will exhibit mature, responsible decision-making, problem solving and proven judgment skills.
  • High level of tact, diplomacy, and independent judgment on actions of a highly confidential and sensitive nature and a detailed understanding of policies and procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate in a multicultural environment with all levels of employees and management
  • Self-driven to continually improve and actively works to bridge gaps in their knowledge in order to add more value to a particular project or setting.
  • Innovative and process driven individual who thrives on continual improvement
  • Capable of working independently and within a team, regardless of setting, must be self-driven and passionate.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects and priorities
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures manual with the appropriate attention to details.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public
  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications and shipboard systems such as VDR’s, CCTV, ECDIS and Machinery automation systems.

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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