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Neil Palomba (left) and Gus Antorcha (Photos: Carnival Corp)

Carnival Makes Leadership Changes at HAL, Costa

Carnival Corporation announced another set of moves within its global leadership team as part of the company's broader efforts to streamline operations and prepare the organization for the eventual resumption of cruising amid the coronavirus health crisis.Gus Antorcha, currently chief operations officer for the group's Carnival Cruise Line brand, has been named president of the company's Holland America Line, while Neil Palomba, currently president of the company's Italy-based Costa Cruises, has been named executive vice president and chief operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line

Josh Leibowitz (Photo: Seabourn)

Leibowitz Takes Over as Seabourn President

Carnival's luxury cruise brand Seabourn announced Thursday that Josh Leibowitz has been named president, effective immediately. He will report to Stein Kruse, group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK.Leibowitz joined Carnival Corporation in 2013 as chief strategy officer and was also named senior vice president of Cunard North America in 2016. He previously served as managing partner of the Miami office of the consulting firm McKinsey & Co.He succeeds Rick Meadows, who retired at the end of May after 35 years with Carnival Corporation, including nine years as Seabourn president.

Josh Weinstein (Photo: Carnival Corp)

Carnival Corp Names Weinstein COO

Carnival Corp on Friday named Josh Weinstein as its new chief operations officer as the company continues to grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic.Reporting to Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald, Weinstein's responsibilities will include oversight of major operational functions, including global maritime, global ports and destinations, global sourcing, global IT and global auditing.Weinstein will retain oversight of Carnival UK, the operating company for P&O Cruises and Cunard, which he managed directly for the past three years. Weinstein's tenure with Carnival

Martyn Thomas is the Chief of Staff at Stream Marine Training Ltd (SMT Ltd.)

Profiles in Maritime Training: Martyn Thomas, Chief of Staff, Stream Marine Training Ltd. (SMT)

where he continued to work and completed his teaching degree, and as the Deputy Head of Faculty at Further Education College he would develop a number of qualifications, one of which was a course designed to help “would be” electrical engineers to become Electro Technical Officers for Carnival UK.“I left the college and joined Carnival UK where I became their Cadet & Technical Training Manager,” said Thomas. “As part of this role I developed and implemented the first edition of the competency framework for Deck, Engine & ETO Officers (3rd to 1st) within Carnival

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Mariner Assessment: "There's an App for That"

Carnival Corporation partnered with Marine Learning Systems to develop an App for mariner skills assessment.Dubbed SkillGrader, the App was designed to help standardize Carnival Corporation’s training and assessment across the company’s fleet of 105 ships and 9 brands. Prior to its development, there were numerous different approaches to training, with hundreds of programs, and a variety of fleet trainers and external training providers.“We wanted to align and standardize our approach.” says John Allen, Carnival Corporation’s Director of Maritime Professional Developme

Carnival Hires Bratland in Norway

Carnival Maritime GmbH has announced that Sandra Diana Bratland has been appointed Director, Destination Affairs for Carnival Group Norway, a new representative office in Bergen, as of October 1.“Norway is a strategic destination for Carnival’s Brands,” said Remco Buis, Senior Vice President Port Operations & Development at Carnival Maritime, “and we believe we can ensure better stakeholder engagement and dialogue with relevant institutions through local representation.”In this newly created role, Bratland will represent all relevant Carnival companies in the region

Christine Stevens (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Stevens Joins Hurtigruten Americas

Hurtigruten’s 125 years of polar pioneering and know-how.Hurtigruten also welcomes Mimma Waters, Northwest Sales Director and Kelli Ann Mills, Northeast Sales Director for the Americas. Waters is a 20-year veteran of the cruise industry and was most recently a Business Development Director at Carnival Cruise Line. Mills is a travel sales professional with 16 years of experience owning her own agency and at brands such as Liberty Travel. With a focus on maximizing guests’ experiences and a dedication to client service, Waters and Mills will build the North American book of business

RCCL and Seafarers Gala (Photo: Seafare??rs’ House)

Seafarers’ House Launches $4.5m Campaign

building inside Port Everglades. It will allow for the consolidation of administration and operations under one roof, offering a facility that provides for the emotional, physical and spiritual wellness of seafarers.   Several other organizations also have stepped up with lead gifts including: Carnival Cruise Lines; Cliff Berry, Inc.; Holland America Line; Princess Cruises; SEACOR Holdings, Inc.; The ITF Seafarers’ Trust; and The TK Foundation.   Seafarers’ House welcomes nearly 150,000 mariners annually, providing them with practical resources, emergency assistance and access

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Maritime, ENSM Partner for Cadet Training

Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, and the ENSM French Maritime Academy of Le Havre and Marseille, France, have agreed on cooperation to ensure future high standards in nautical and technical training of cadets.The aim of the collaboration is to train the next generation of qualified officers for the cruise industry and their future responsibilities, based on both the nautical and the technical IMO curriculum at the ENSM. Moreover, the collaboration aims to provide cadets with the necessary experience at sea on board the Costa Group fleet (Costa Crociere and AIDA Cruises) to qualify for STCW

Peter Fetten (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

Fetten Named CEO at MV WEFTEN

veteran Peter Fetten will take over as President & CEO of German shipbuilder MV WERFTEN as of May 1, 2018. Jarmo Laakso will remain as Managing Director and step into the position of COO to focus on cruise shipbuilding.Fetten was previously the Senior Vice President of Corporate Ship Refits at Carnival Corporation & PLC for the past nine years. He was also Vice President Newbuilding and Fleet Design of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for eight years and held several executive positions during his 16 years at Blohm+Voss Shipyard. Fetten is also a past member of the board of directors of Grand

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Justine Brown, DP World Europe Kirsi Tikka, American Bureau of Shipping Julie Lithgow, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Nicola d’Hubert,Lloyds Register Bridget Hogan, Nautical Institute Debbie Cavaldoro, Nautilus Kathy Stanzel, Intertanko Paula Porter, Carnival UK Guy Platten/Holly Birkett, UK Chamber of Shipping Nicola Good, IHS Fairplay Helen Kelly, Lloyd's List

Port NOLA Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: MEP&A

Port NOLA Chairman Receives Leadership Award

has worked tirelessly to forward the Port’s mission to maximize maritime commerce, help gain and retain new business, and improve efficiency.   In 2016, Kearney was recognized for his outstanding commitments to New Orleans by the Rex Organization by being named “Rex,” King of Carnival.  With a deep commitment to the well-being of the New Orleans community, Kearney has served on numerous boards and commissions. 

Webb Institute’s Class of 2017 throwing their caps in the air after the 121st Commencement Ceremony. (Photo: Jonathan Wang, Webb Institute student, Class of 2020)

Webb Institute Class of 2017 Turns Tassels

achievements in a variety of areas, such as excellence in thesis and mathematics.    Following commencement, Webb’s Class of 2017 will spread out across the country and the world to begin graduate work or start their professional careers in the marine industry for employers such as Carnival Cruise Line, General Dynamics Electric Boat and Cruise Lines International Association.   

(Photo: CSMART)

Simulation: CSMART

CSMART, Center of Simulator Maritime Training The Arison Maritime Center Zeeduinweg 9 1361 BG Almere, The Netherlands  Web: www.csmartalmere.com While much of the maritime world slumps, the cruise sector is enjoying its most vibrant growth in a generation. Carnival Corporation, in particular, is doing very well as its financial performance is stronger than ever, with 2016 delivering the best year of earnings in company history. The company’s adjusted earnings for 2016 of $2.6 billion is the best annual financial performance in its 44-year history. With that, Hans Hederstrom, Managing

Lassen, Anderson Join OSM Board

 Jens Lassen, former head of Carnival Maritime and Donald Anderson, former CEO of V. Ships Group, have joined OSM Maritime Group as members of the board.   “Jens Lassen has extensive experience from the maritime industry and ship management in particular, from his years in senior management with companies like V. Ships, Stolt Nielsen, RCL and Carnival. Donald Anderson has more than 25 years in ship management, marine services, private equity and financial investments. Both Jens and Donald will play an important role in developing the strategy for OSM Maritime Group going forward

Bjoern Sprotte (Photo: OSM)

New Global Managing Director in OSM

positions in commercial and technical management. Holding a degree in navigation and maritime transport, he originally pursued a nautical career at sea and later attended postgraduate studies for his Master of Business Consulting. Prior to joining OSM, Sprotte has been part of the Leadership Team at Carnival Maritime, managing a large fleet of cruise ships in an innovative way at highest operational standards.  

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said.   The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that would see shipowners commit to employing cadets after their training is completed.   Major employers including Shell and Carnival have already committed to the scheme.   The scheme, documented in a business case presented to the Department for Transport and developed by the UK Chamber of Shipping, Merchant Navy Training Board and Nautilus International, calls for the Government to double seafarer training funding from

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