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By BCShippingNews 28 March 2016
During my interview with Andrew Carney, Fleet Chief Engineer, Princess Cruises, I was reminded of a question posed to me a number of years ago: Who was the Chief Engineer on the television show, The Love Boat? It was a trick question — there wasn’t one. To feature an engineer would have meant adding scenarios where the ship was in trouble — something not in keeping with the spirit of the show and not something the producers would have wanted to highlight. In real life, marine engineers like Andrew are equally invisible to passengers — as long as nothing goes wrong. But if something does go wrong (think now of Scotty, Chief Engineer on Star Trek), there is no one more important on the ship. With a strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of marine engineering — and recognition that the ultimate goal is to ensure the safety, welfare and happiness of passengers, marine engineers like Andrew continually prove their worth.
BCSN: Let’s start with a brief overview of your career and current role.
AC: I first went to sea as an Engineer Cadet, training at South Shields Marine and Technical College in Newcastle, England. That was in 1986 and just before my 16th birthday. I actually started with container ships and did my cadetship with Ben Line Steamers, a Scottish containership company that operated between Europe and the Far East. 
I first came to work for P&O UK where my first ship was the Royal Princess — this was before Princess Cruises de-merged from P&O Cruises. Later on, I sailed on a steamship called the Canberra, a very famous British steamship liner that offered world cruises.