More Trouble For Carnival’s Triumph
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The troubled Carnival Triumph cruise ship can’t catch a break lately. Wednesday, the ship sustained damage when it broke loose from its dock.
Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines tweeted out Wednesday afternoon, “Due to strong winds in Mobile, Carnival Triumph, which was docked @ Mobile shipyard, broke away from its moorings. US Coast Guard is on site.”
One shipyard worker is missing.
In a statement from the company later in the day it stated “The ship drifted and is currently resting against a cargo vessel.”
The CBS affiliate in Mobile has reported there is a hole on the right side of the stern.
Tow boats are on the scene working to move the ship back to BAE Ship Systems where it was undergoing repairs.
The Triumph has been in Mobile for almost two months. It was towed there on Valentine’s Day after an engine-room fire knocked out power while it was on the return leg of a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship was returning to Galveston, Texas at the end of a four-day cruise to Cozumel when the fire happened.
At the annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference on Miami Beach last month, Carnival Cruise Lines’ CEO and president Gerry Cahill said their highest priority will be to look at the “learnings and potential changes” which can be made in the wake of the Triumph fire.
Over 4,000 people were on the Carnival Triumph at the time of the fire.
Carnival Cruise Lines, part of Carnival Corp., owns both the Triumph and the Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy a year ago, killing 32 people. Carnival also owns the Splendor, which was stranded at sea for several days in 2010 after a fire.