Carnival Triumph seen in this undated handout picture provided by Carnival Cruise Lines. REUTERS/Carnival Cruise Lines/Handout

Carnival Triumph seen in this undated handout picture provided by Carnival Cruise Lines. REUTERS/Carnival Cruise Lines/Handout

Update: Incident Photos – Carnival Triumph Dead in the Water

MEXICO CITY, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The Carnival Triumph, a cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp under its Carnival Cruise Lines brand, was adrift 150 miles (241 kilometers) off southern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula on Sunday after a fire that caused no injuries, the company said in a statement.

The engine room fire, which took place in the morning, had been extinguished and the ship was without propulsion, and operating on emergency generator power, the company said.

None of the 3,143 guests nor 1,086 crew were injured, and a tugboat was on its way to tow the vessel to the Mexican port of Progreso, where it was expected to arrive on Wednesday afternoon, Carnival said.

The company said the U.S. Coast Guard had been notified.

“Another Carnival ship, the Carnival Elation, is currently on scene and transferring additional food and beverage provisions to the Carnival Triumph,” the statement said.

In January last year, the Costa Concordia, a 114,500 tonne luxury cruise ship operated by the Carnival Corp-owned Costa Cruises, capsized and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy, killing 32 people.

Last month, Costa Cruises said Italian investigators were looking into the vessel owner’s potential responsibility for the shipwreck.

The Carnival Triumph set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, and was due back on Monday Feb. 11.

Carnival said all passengers would receive a refund and “cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage.” The ship’s next two voyages, scheduled for departure next week, were canceled, the company added.

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  • scotty do

    It’s amazing how cargo ship sailors can comment so harshly on cruise ship management. The level of complexity, and risk management is completely different. Comment on what you know about. Ask questions about what you don’t.Having sailed on both, I know for a fact the challenges are entirely different.

  • gennady

    Costa Allegra, Costa Concordia…. now Carnival Triumph….Fire or flooding in engine room complitaly collapsing ship power station.Even if 25 peaple on board it is an accident but when 4000 – it can comes to tragedy. I believe time came up for new approaches to ship’s power station designs. The only emergency generator sure not enough for such a big ships. Need to be designed some alternative power sourses or main power station need to be splited in order to keep ability not to be fully collapsed if fire or flooding happened in engine room.

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