September 5, 2020 Off By Paul Petersen

We’ve all heard it…major corporations in the service, hospitality, food and tourism sectors, are all implementing initiatives aimed at reducing their negative environmental impact.  From elimination of single use plastics to recycling and repurposing materials, environmental responsibility and sustainability are important business initiatives, and nowhere is this more evident than in the cruise industry.  Sessions focused on sustainability initiatives are part of industry trade shows and events with forums dedicated entirely to sustainable initiatives, shipping and ports.

The first LNG powered ship, AIDAnova, was launched in December 2018, but it won’t be the last.  AIDA’s parent company, Carnival, has another 6 LNG ships on order.  Cruise lines have announced plans to eliminate single use plastics, some have launched eco-tourism programs, and this year Celebrity took delivery of Celebrity Flora, a purpose-built mega yacht sailing exclusively in the Galapagos islands.  The ship has in-room water filtration stations and the ability to reuse air conditioning condensation to provide water to the shipboard laundry facilities. Reverse osmosis equipment will be used, allowing the ship to process sea water into fresh water to supply 100 percent of her needs. In addition, any materials that can be recycled, reused or donated will be as part of a strict waste management system.  This focus on the environment brings opportunity.

The intense focus on the environment and sustainability has created a variety of job opportunities in the industry both on board and in corporate roles.  Ships with new green technology need people with unique knowledge and skill sets.  They participate in the development of environmental policies, procedures and systems in addition to ensuring compliance with applicable environmental laws. Engineers have to be familiar with environmental quality standards, marine regulations, current maritime environmental issues to ensure consistent standards and training.

Specialized skills are required for a number of shipboard and corporate positions, and these kills will need to keep pace as technology advances. A quick search for “cruise ship environmental jobs” yields a list of options.  Anyone who thinks working for a cruise line is all about Broadway shows, food prep and making beds should take another look.  For those working in the environmental sector, the industry offers opportunities to make significant contributions during this unprecedented growth phase.

This post was written by Shannon Mckee, founder of Access Cruise Inc. Access Cruise Inc is a Miami based cruise marketing and sales consulting group, specializing in product and business development within the cruise industry.