July 18, 2007
CLIA names environmental and health programs director
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has named Steve Collins, a marine environmental expert and former U.S. Coast Guard officer, as the association's director of environmental and health programs, effective this week.
"CLIA welcomes Steve Collins in this role to continue the industry's important work in the areas of environment, sanitation and health," said Terry L. Dale, CLIA president and CEO. "His extensive experience both in corporate environmental affairs and the Coast Guard will prove invaluable as CLIA continues to move forward in shaping policies, regulations and practices that prove to be beneficial to both the public and the industry."
Collins has responsibility for all aspects of the cruise industry's environmental and health matters including wastewater, air and shoreside waste disposal issues, as well as sanitation and medical programs.
He is also responsible for developing and coordinating industry positions with regards to environmental vessel sanitation and medical practices and representing those positions to international, federal and state regulatory agencies. Collins is also coordinating the industry's environmental input to projects involving a wide range of partners, such as Conservation International and the Ocean Conservation Tourism Alliance (OCTA) and others.
He will be based in CLIA's Fort Lauderdale office.
Immediately prior to joining CLIA, Collins was with Xanterra Parks & Resorts serving as director of environmental affairs at Yellowstone National Park which, in 2006, won the EPA Environmental Achievement Award for innovative programs and exceptional stewardship.
From 2000 to 2006, he was Royal Caribbean Cruises' corporate regulatory compliance manager where he helped develop corporate policy consistent with U.S. and foreign regulations in 240 ports worldwide.
From 1994 to 2000, Collins was program manager and administrative director at the Berkeley Environmental Restoration Center at the University of California, Berkeley, supervising a $25 million environmental clean-up contract between the U.S. Navy and UC Berkeley.
In a 12-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard as lieutenant and operations officer, Collins was a member of the executive management team overseeing ship operations, search and rescue and emergency management plans. He led inter-agency training operations for 800 active and reserve personnel, created a vessel boarding program, trained 900 in law enforcement and supervised technical staffs of 30 in five departments. As a marine operations officer he was involved in search and rescue, interdiction and environmental protection.
Collins is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and holds a Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in the environment, from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelors of Science and Business Management from Santa Clara University. He has a Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management from the University of California and studied national security decision making in the Masters Degree Program at the U.S. Naval War College.