Maritime Safety Investigator in Miami, FL at Royal Caribbean

Date Posted: 12/8/2019

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    Miami, FL
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Job Description

Maritime Safety Investigator



The Maritime Safety Investigator position is responsible to investigate major maritime accidents and near misses 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 team also liaises with external authorities on investigations that warrant outside involvement and represents the company in legal matters and regulatory compliance.



  • 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
  • Deploy and travel for incident response on short notice (US and International)
  • 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.  
  • Work closely with local, state, federal and international organizations on matters relating to maritime accidents
  • Give testimony and act as expert witness before courts and administrative hearings on investigative results when needed.
  • Act as internal expert on accidents and present facts to upper management
  • Actively develop procedures, handbooks, training manuals and related material covering a variety of investigative techniques and programs.
  • Design, develop and present training to groups of employees (shoreside and shipboard) in a public speaking forum.
  • Meet with external authorities to discuss circumstances and facts surrounding investigations
  • Identify potential risk through incident response oversight and guide shipboard safety personnel in the development of prevention strategies. 
  • 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 5 years of maritime operational or investigative experience, Sea experience as deck or engine officer preferred
  • 2 years of management experience preferred
  • Proven interview skills required.
  • Experience in development and implementation of safety 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.
  • 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.