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

Date Posted: 9/20/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. comprises six distinctive companies that share a vision anchored in excellence. We have a common passion for creative thinking, innovative engineering and outstanding guest service that drives continuous improvement in everything we do. The entire Royal Caribbean family is committed to the legacy of hospitality and culture of innovation that is at the core of our guest service, the protection of our natural environment and responsible citizenship in our global community.


Responsible for oversight and corporate-wide coordination of safety. This position is responsible for developing and representing the corporations position and direction on maritime safety in close coordination with relevant departments and senior management as well as with regional, national and international regulatory bodies. The role requires a persuasive, collaborative and innovative leader. This position is responsible for ensuring that all operating brands and the corporation operates in compliance with all relevant maritime regulations. This includes oversight and coordination of incident investigations, including determination of facts, root cause analysis, corrective actions, operational incident review proceedings, and ensuring proper reporting to authorities. This position focuses on developing strategies and systems for prevention and response to safety incidents. This position is also responsible for oversight and coordination of RCL’s enterprise-wide corporate sustainability and safety programs including cruise ship operations, RCL’s ship support facilities, private destinations, and office locations worldwide. This responsibility includes measuring, preparing, and reporting relevant safety impact and safety performance information. This position facilitates the establishment of long-term goals as well as annual safety objectives and targets. This position serves as a primary advisor to senior management for all safety and sustainability matters.


• Developing and directing a strategic organization-wide safety plan.

• Verify operational compliance with SQM procedures (examples: safety, environmental, security and public health policies) through administration of a robust internal audit program; and ensure that policy and Safety Management System development are in accordance with relevant rules and regulations as well as RCL’s corporate policies.

• Provide guidance and subject matter expertise to senior management for safety related technical and regulatory issues; serve as corporate representative for policy related matters at Cruise Lines International Association, and other organizations such as the International Maritime Organization, European Union, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

• Receive, track and analyze non-compliances and conditions of class from internal, Flag State and Port State inspections and classification surveys, and verify satisfactory reporting to authorities and completion of corrective actions.

• This officer has global accountability for developing, and directing the organization’s safety plan. Analyzes current safety processes and procedures.

• Assesses and identifies any areas of exposure and takes a lead role in driving change and process improvement, where necessary.

• Administer RCL’s Management Review process in accordance with the ISM Code including the Masters & Shipboard Executive Committee Annual Review process, and Executive Management Review process; develop briefings for RCL Board of Directors as required.

• Oversee the global preferred salvage partnerships and leading underwriters to prepare for emergency response operations and support, to include ship modeling, damage control training and ship assessment.

• Provides support to operations to help identify, develop, implement, and maintain effective safety processes across the organization to reduce risks, respond to incidents in a timely manner, and limit exposure to liability in all areas of financial, physical, and personal risk.

• Develops standards and policies worldwide for compliance with government rules, regulations, laws and treaties regarding safety, both domestically and internationally.

• Developing an organization-wide program to effectively respond to incidents and to prevent reoccurrences, to promote the safety of passengers and crew, and to protect RCL’s assets.

• Leading key safety-related management and information technology projects.

• Formulate state-of-the-art technology solutions and innovative safety management techniques, to safeguard the organization’s assets and correct safety vulnerabilities.

Job Requirements


• The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 15 years’ experience

• Master Mariners license or equivalent marine-related expertise

• Requires a persuasive, collaborative and innovative leader

• 10 years of experience in leadership positions in environmental NGO, government program or corporate safety or environmental department

• Marine Safety Inspector/Surveyor experience preferred

• A well trained, disciplined, seasoned safety officer with a solid record of superior professional accomplishment with leading, well-known organizations.

• Has a proven track record of effective crisis management by responding quickly and appropriately to incidents that may occur such as threats, acts of God, terrorist activities, and any other activity, which may threaten the safety of passengers, crew, and company assets.

• Candidate must have good relationships with U.S. and global law enforcement agencies, with the ability to access key leaders when needed.

• Experienced and comfortable working on a global basis with a variety of cultures.

• Educationally, the ideal candidate possesses a Bachelor’s degree or international equivalent in an area of study relevant to this position, from an accredited college or university.

• Master’s degree preferred



• Awareness of international maritime environmental and safety standards

• Recognized accomplishments in environment and safety within the marine industry

• Ability to develop and implement environmental and safety policy in close cooperation with relevant government authorities and industry associations.

Stay Connected!

If you’re interested in career opportunities, but not ready to apply, join our Talent Network to stay connected to us and receive updates on the latest job opportunities and company news.