Carnival Triumph cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9138850, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are major fire (power loss), seizure, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), mooring failures, machinery malfunctions.
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Carnival Triumph accidents & incidents
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- February 10, 2013 (Sunday, at ~5:30 am CST), while the ship was on a 4-day Mexico cruise itinerary from Galveston TX, a fire broke out affecting the aft engine room. The vessel was left motionless (without propulsion) in the Gulf of Mexico (~241 km / 150 ml) off the Yucatan Peninsula. The engine fire was soon extinguished. No injuries among the 3143 passengers and the 1086 crew were reported. The power loss was a result of the activation of the automatic fire suppression system. Other unfortunate results were inoperational air conditioning, elevators, all toilets, the kitchen equipment (affecting hot meals), the fresh-water system. On Monday (Feb 11) the crew restored the freshwater system. The auxiliary power was also restored for the basic hotel functions (most of the toilets / not in all sections). Power was restored to some elevators and in the Lido buffet.
- Carnival Cruise Lines’ first decision was to tow the ship to Progreso as the closest port. From there passengers could fly back to USA. Two tugboats were sent to assist the ship – 1 from Mexico and 1 from Mobile AB. Additional crew and staff were sent to the ship. Fleetmate Carnival Legend helped with providing food and supplies. Unfortunately, due to strong currents, the ship drifted ~145 km / 90 ml north. This was the reason for the line to decide to tow the ship to Mobile instead to Progreso. Over 900 of the passengers were traveling without their passports, which was another reason for the Alabama choice. From Mobile, all passengers were transported via buses to New Orleans LA. In NOLA, a total of 1500 hotel rooms were reserved for them by Carnival Corp. On Wednesday, a USCG helicopter delivered an electrical generator with cables for additional power. At 12:40 pm EST, US Customs and Border Patrol personnel boarded the vessel to speed up the passenger disembarkation process when the ship arrived in Mobile AB.
- Carnival Cruise Lines compensated all passengers with a full refund, plus covered all transfers and transportation expenses. Passengers also received a future Carnival cruise credit equal to the amount paid for the accident voyage (ie., 3 to 5 days long itinerary), plus extra US$500 in cash per person, plus reimbursement of all onboard purchases (excepting only gift purchases and casino charges). Passengers with cars parked at Galveston port were transported via buses from Houston airport to Galveston. The Galveston port issued refunds or free parking vouchers on future Carnival cruises to passengers on the accident voyage. On all cancelled sailings after the fire accident, the line offered a 25% off booking discount for customers switching to another 3-5 day itinerary or a 15% booking discount for longer 6+ days itineraries. Also added were a full refund, nonrefundable transportation costs, prepaid Carnival cruise shore excursions, tips/gratuities, the Government taxes and port fees.
- With a number of cancelled cruises, the ship entered dry-dock for repairs and extensive sanitation, and was out of service through mid June, 2013. Cruise industry analysis showed the Carnival Triumph fire accident cost the Carnival Corporation ~US$0,1 per share. In money, this was nearly US$80 million (lost revenue, reimbursements, repairs, etc).
Mooring failure accident
- April 3, 2013, while the ship was docked at Mobile AB (BAE Systems shipyard) for repairs, strong winds exceeding 65 mph / 105 kph caused the mooring lines to break loose. Additionally, four of the bollards on the pier broke apart. The ship drifted all the way over the channel and ran into a sand-dredge ship positioned on the other side. The mooring accident resulted in ~20 ft / 6 m long gash in the ship’s stern (between decks 4 and 5 starboard) and several hull plates were punctured.
- Assisted by tug-boats, the ship was moved back to Mobile Cruise Terminal. No injuries were reported among all the 200 contract workers and ~600 crew on the ship. However, a shipyard worker died and another one was seriously injured when the end section of the pier collapsed in the water.
- Two more scheduled voyages were cancelled due to the mooring incident. The vessel entered service on June 13. All booked passengers received as compensation a full refund, reimbursement for all their travel expenses, plus a 25% future Carnival cruise booking discount.
- Total cost of this accident was estimated at US$2,9 million. Of those, US$2,7 million were on the ship alone. On May 8, 2013, the ship left Mobile under own power for Freeport (Bahamas) where entered into drydock for final repairs and Fun Ship 2.0 refurbishment.
- NTSB issued an official report about the mooring accident. It states the probable cause was the failure of all 20 mooring lines (10 fore and 10 aft). The report also states BAE Systems knew about the poor condition of the bollards.
- The Triumph cruise ship in 2013 was Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement and refurbished at a total cost of US$115 million.
Ship seizure in Galveston
- March 29, 2012, an US judge ordered the ship to be seized in Galveston TX. The warrant order was based on a US$10 million lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court. The lawsuit was filed by relatives of a German passenger who died in the Concordia cruise ship disaster. The warrant ordering the seizure in port stated the court found the conditions for an attachment of defendants’ joint and collective property within the Galveston district (Carnival Triumph vessel) exist upon a maritime claim. The ship was allowed to disembark all the passengers and cargo. The vessel moved between berths until a hearing was scheduled.
- March 14, 2010, the ship experienced a propulsion system problems (LMR MM 8 reduction).
- November 18, 2010, ~ 1 gallon (~4 liters) of hydraulic oil was discharged from the forward bow thruster’s shaft seal. The bow thruster (propulsion unit) was secured and the leak was stopped.
- February 1, 2014, the ship experienced power loss for ~8 min while en-route to Galveston from Cozumel. The ship returned in Galveston according to schedule. The line’s official statement said the power outage was caused by “electrical breaker failure”. The vessel’s new emergency generator came on and delivered power until needed. All hotel services and the propulsion system functioned normally.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- March 17, 2015, a 54-year-old male passenger jumped overboard while the ship was on 4-day Mexico cruise from Galveston TX, and sailing near Progreso, Mexico. The ship’s camera footage review confirmed the jump. The man was pronounced missing. The ship altered its course and conducted search and rescue operation together with local authorities. On March 18 the Mexican authorities found what was believed to be the man’s body. The body was later sent to the USA for identification.
- March 18, 2016, a 56-year-old male passenger died from drowning in Cozumel (Sky Reef beach). The man was accompanied by his wife. They were visiting the Sky Reef’s southside beach at ~12:20 pm. The man decided to swim. Later his body was spotted by the tour guide floating behind a buoy.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- February 25, 2010, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured right arm). He was walking the Lido deck when tripped on a deck chair and fell forward on the deck floor.
- October 9, 2011, a minor female passenger suffered injury (fractured left humorous) when jumped in the kids pool with her arm wrapped around the railing.
- October 3, 2015, a 43-year-old female passenger suffering from heart attack.was medevaced by USCG assets. The incident occurred at ~3:50 am, when the ship was ~115 ml / 185 km southeast of homeport Galveston Texas, returning from a 4-day cruise itinerary to Cozumel Mexico. The woman and a crew nurse were hoisted by MH-65 helicopter and transported to Galveston airport, then ambulanced to the city’s UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch).
- December 19, 2016, a 60-years-old female passenger needing dialysis was medevaced by a USCG (Station Venice) crew. The cruise ship was approx 14 ml (23 km) south of the Southwest Pass channel (Mississippi River, Louisiana).
- January 25, 2017, a 45-year-old male passenger suffering from heart attack was medevaced from the ship. The USCG dispatched a helicopter from New Orleans to the ship’s location (approx 11 ml / 18 km south of Southwest Pass /Mississippi river channel) Louisiana. The man and a ship nurse were airlifted and flown to New Orleans, then ambulanced to Marrero’s West Jefferson Medical Center. The incident occurred in the end of a 6-day round-trip cruise from NOLA to Mexico (itinerary Jan 21-26, Cozumel, Progreso).
- March 24, 2017, a 48-year-old female passenger was reported missing to cruise ship’s security personnel. The woman was last seen at the ship’s Hollywood Disco (on Deck 5 Promenade). However, after the missing report, she was later found in a passenger stateroom (occupied by a couple from Georgia USA) on Deck 8 Verandah. The woman later complained of feeling sick and her underwear was missing. During the medical exam in the ship’s infirmary she said the couple “had touched her places you should not be touched”. During the following FBI investigation, agents searched the couple’s cabin and found drugs (various pills and capsules). As the incident occurred in international waters (Gulf of Mexico), the FBI didn’t press any charges. The couple is currently under investigation for sexual battery.
- July 7, 2017, a 40-year-old male passenger experiencing gastrointestinal bleeding was medevaced by an USCG boat dispatched from Venice (Louisiana).
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