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Vice President at Carnival Corporation
Franco Porcellacchia was born in Genova on 30th April 1953. After graduating from the University of Genoa with a degree in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering in 1979, Franco commenced his career with RINA, the Italian Naval Classification Society, holding several roles in the field of ship classification and safety both in Italy and the US. In January 2002, after a 22-year career with RINA, Franco joined Costa Crociere S.p.A., where he was assigned responsibility for all the company’s technical activities as Vice President and Director of Technical Operations, managing Costa Crociere’s fleet of twelve cruise ships and overseeing the construction of a further 5 vessels. In July 2008 he took up a position with Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding to head the team providing technical support across all of the Carnival Corporation brands in a variety of priority projects. In August 2009 he was appointed to the role of Vice President of Carnival Corporate Ship Refit within Carnival Corporation & plc. In 2012 he was appointed to lead the Ship Owner’s team in the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Project, with the task of coordinating all the project activities at Isola del Giglio on behalf of Carnival/Costa Crociere. He was responsible for overseeing the engineering design for the wreck removal completed in July 2014, as well as for the subsequent activities for the site seabed recovery currently ongoing, ensuring their compliance with health and safety, and acting as link between the parties involved: the Salvors, the Insurers and their Technical Consultants, the Italian Authorities. Currently Franco is involved, on behalf of Carnival Corporation, in its program of exhaust gas cleaning system installations on board of a large number of vessels for all of the group’s Operating Lines.