JANUARY 30, 2015 — Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line has named Richard M. Miller vice president of nautical and safety operations. He joins the cruise line after a U.S. Navy career of more than 25 years and has extensive experience in shipboard and shoreside global marine operations.
At Carnival, Miller oversees all aspects of maritime safety and nautical operations for the company's fleet of 24 cruise ships, including marine compliance, quality assurance, environmental functions and operational safety, with all shipboard deck and bridge personnel, including captains, reporting to him.
"We are fortunate to have someone of Rick's caliber overseeing this important aspect of our operations," said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival's executive vice president of ship operations.
"Rick's wide-ranging experience and expertise will be of great benefit as we strive for excellence in the critical areas of safety, compliance, ship operations and environmental responsibility, among others," Rodriguez added.
Miller served in a variety of positions during his naval career, including commanding officer/captain of a guided missile destroyer and executive officer/staff captain of a guided missile cruiser. His shoreside assignments included managing shipbuilding and repair budgets and, most recently, serving as chief of operations for U.S. Southern Command, responsible for directing all Department of Defense operations in South and Central America and the Caribbean region.
Miller has extensive experience in bridge resource management programs, oversight of damage control, operational and incident risk management, occupational and environmental safety programs, and vessel security. His seagoing experience has taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy, master's degrees in international affairs and national security studies, and is working toward completing Ph.D. requirements in political economy.