Carnival Sensation cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8711356, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, machinery malfunctions.
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Kvaerner-Masa shipbuilding company in Finland.
Carnival Sensation accidents & incidents
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- November 21, 1996, on a Eastern Caribbean cruise, a power loss incident delayed the ship for ~6 hours, causing an itinerary change. St Thomas was dropped, and St Maarten was replaced with St Croix.
- May 18, 2004, four male crew fell during a lifeboat drill conducted in Cozumel, Mexico. The incident was caused by a winch that failed. The crew sustained injuries (fractured legs, hips, a spine injury) when the boat fell from ~100 ft / 30 m into the water. They filed individual lawsuits in Miami FL on May 25.
- March 23, 2006, the ship was detained at homeport Port Canaveral. The USCG inspection found several fire-safety system deficiencies, including fire screen and watertight doors and station valves (hydrants). After all problems were fixed, the ship was cleared for departure (~6 hours late).
- April 2, 2006, due to propulsion problems, the ship dropped a port call in Grand Turk and replaced it with Freeport Bahamas on the current and the following itinerary.
- February 9, 2012, while the ship was docked in homeport Cape Canaveral (Port Canaveral FL), some 10 to 20 cruise cabins were flooded, causing a ~5 hours late departure. The incident was caused by a broken water pipe from a swimming pool. The ship was on a 3-day Nassau cruise from Port Canaveral.
- May 22, 2012, USCG reported the ship experienced a fire incident (unspecified).
- February 6, 2014, the US Environmental Office informed Port Canaveral authorities in regards to ~1 gallon (~4 litres) of vegetable oil discharged into the Harbor waters. The incident happend during loading the oil onto the ship, when a fork lift punctured the case, causing the product to be spilled into water. The ship provided absorbent material to collect as much as possible of the polluting product.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- January 14, 2001, a 19-year-old male passenger fell overboard while the ship was docked in homeport Tampa FL. The young man was arguing with his girlfriend, then climbed over a railing and threatened to jump. After she pleaded with him, he complied but unfortunately slipped and fell into the waters, killing himself.
- May 6, 2011, a 27-year-old female passenger died and a man was seriously injured in a jet ski crash incident in Nassau, Bahamas. Both jet skis were rented independently.
- October 20, 2015, a 43–year-old male passenger died ashore in Nassau Bahamas. The man (Rong Gu, of Canadian origin – from New Market, Ontario) was ran over and dragged by a garbage truck which brakes failed. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The heavy truck was entering a roundabout and its driver intentionally swerved to avoid traffic. The victim was hit on the sidewalk. The accident occurred while the ship was docked in call port Nassau, on a 4-days Bahamas cruise itinerary from homeport Port Canaveral Florida (Oct 18-22, also visiting Freeport, Grand Bahama Island).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- March 29, 2007, an anonymous bomb threat call was received by USCG while the ship was docked in homeport Cape Canaveral FL. All crew and passengers were evacuated and an ~2 hours ship search was conducted. The threat was determined false (a hoax).
- January 1, 2009, a 26-year-old male crew (working as musician on the ship) fell overboard but was rescued. The incident occurred at ~12:50 am, when he performed on the ship’s top deck. He was off duty, and 6 other crew saw him falling (80 ft / 25 m) into the water after trying to take a picture. The other crew threw him a life belt. The ship and USCG helicopter conducted a rescue operation. The Port Canaveral docking and disembarkation was delayed by ~2 hours.
- September 2, 2009, a 34-year-old male passenger jumped overboard but was rescued by the nearby passing Disney cruise ship Disney Wonder. The emergency was issued by the Carnival ship at ~11:30 pm, asking for help in locating a missing passenger. The Disney ship found the man at ~12:40 am, 32 ml / 51 km off the coast of Port St Lucie Florida. Both cruise ships were on roundtrip itineraries from Port Canaveral to Bahamas. Investigation on the incident showed the jumped man was heard by another passenger arguing with a woman, when he threatened to jump and she provoked him saying go ahead. Soon after he jumped, they heard him screaming for help. In the rescue operation were also involved USCG assets (1 helicopter and 2 boats).
- March 28, 2010, a false bomb threat was reported ~4 am, causing the ship being detained ~4 ml / 7 km off homeport Port Canaveral. USCG team and FBI agents boarded the vessel and conducted a security search and assessment. No evidence of explosives or anything criminal was found.
- October 9, 2010, while in Bahamas (docked at Nassau cruise terminal number 27), two male US passengers jumped off the ship (out of deck 9) into the water. Both were recovered sustaining minor injuries. The two men were evaluated by the ship’s medical staff, sent to a local hospital and discharged from the ship after admitting alcohol drinking prior to the jump.
- March 22, 2011, upon embarkation and while walking to their cabin, a female passenger fell and fractured her left femur. She and her husband disembarked the ship and were transported to a local hospital.
- August 22, 2012, a 31-year-old male passenger was arrested on a federal sex charge. He was reported as participant together with four under 18-year-old passengers in a gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. The cruise departed on August 16 from homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida). The adult man (Casey Dickerson) invited the victim in his cabin, along with her 15-year-old girlfriend and the four teenage boys. He supplied the party with alcohol, then the males took turns assaulting the victim. During the sex crime, the other girl was locked in the cabin’s bathroom. On April 8, 2013, the adult man was found guilty and sentenced 20 years in jail.
- December 5, 2013, a male passenger was caught with drugs (marijuana) while the vessel was docked in Bahamas (Nassau port).
- There are numerous reports about crime incidents in 2013, among which verbal disturbance, assault and battery (incl sexual, and between spouses/siblings), theft (of birth certificates, jewelry, phones, iPods, clothing), belligerent and intoxicated passengers, indecent exposure in public areas.
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