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Holland America Line Makes Three Promotions in Fleet Operations Department

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Seattle, Wash., Jan. 28, 2013 — Mike Inman has been promoted to vice president, safety, environment and management systems at Holland America Line, replacing Bill Morani who has retired. In other fleet department moves, Michiel Versteeg is promoted to senior director, safety and environmental compliance and Ed Ramaekers is promoted to director, technical operations.

Inman will report to Dan Grausz, executive vice president, fleet operations. In this role, he is responsible for providing overall management of the company’s safety, environmental and ship management systems; emergency response; and fleet training programs.

“With his background as a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and based on the excellent work he has done since joining Holland America Line a few years ago, Mike is well suited to assume this new role,” said Grausz. “His promotion will enable the department to have a continuity of leadership.”

Versteeg will take on the role of senior director, safety and environmental compliance, reporting to Inman. He also serves as the Designated Person for Holland America Line and is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the fleet. Ramaekers is promoted to the position of director, technical operations, reporting to Rob Boksem, vice president, technical operations. In this role he will supervise Holland America Line’s technical operations department and coordinate all technical operations for the line’s 15 ships.

“Michiel has excelled at every challenge he has been given, with the result being safer ships and large improvements to our training programs,” said Grausz. “And Ed has continued to show his leadership in the technical department, and this promotion is in recognition of his efforts to improve and guide the many engineers on board and within our shore side operation.”

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

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