Management, Administration & Development
Captain Minas Myrtidis is a graduate of the Greek Maritime Academy, school of Maritime Business & Marine Transportation and he holds a Master Mariner's license. He served as a Lieutenant in the Greek Navy until his discharge in 1984. He then worked with several cargo and tanker shipping companies. In 1989 he transitioned to the cruise industry and worked with Royal Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, where he served as Captain from 1993 to 2000. During that time he was awarded the award of Inspirational Leadership and Guidance of the team of the year for the consecutive years 1998 and 1999. He is a USCG, certified auditor for Safety Management Systems by Det Norske Veritas and Bureau Veritas and also certified in Loss Control Management and Marine Risk Assessment. Captain Myrtidis is a certified SCUBA diver and in 1998 received his airplane pilot license form COMAIR Academy in Sanford. In June of 2000 he joined Norwegian Cruise Line as Superintendent, Nautical Operations and in September of 2002 he assumed the role of the Designated Person for NCL and Orient Lines.
During his twenty-five years long career in the Maritime Industry Captain Myrtidis has accumulated extensive experience in cruise ship, corporate office, cargo, tanker and yard operations. He has developed Safety and Quality Management Systems, and in his present assignment, assumed a central role in Norwegian Cruise Lines' efforts to address and resolve bridge operation issues. He developed and put into operation a comprehensive set of procedures for safe navigation, based on risk assessment models and advance bridge and crew resource management techniques. His current responsibilities include the development and implementation of Navigation Procedures, Safety of Navigation, and monitoring of the Safety and Environmental aspects of the Company as defined by the International Safety Management Code. He heads the nautical charts and publications program, and with the cooperation of the Marine Press of Canada (charting agent), successfully implemented a new efficient chart correction process utilizing electronic NTM's and a digital List of Lights. Implemented advanced processes in bridge resource management and advanced technology in bridge operations, to reduce workload and establish a comprehensive quality control.
Captain Myrtidis considers the position with NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel another opportunity to contribute to an organization, which consistently promotes a safer, more efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation.