Carnival Triumph

Passengers leave the Carnival Triumph cruise ship after reaching the port of Mobile, Alabama, February 14, 2013. REUTERS/ Lyle Ratliff

Update 7: The Carnival Triumph has reached the Alabama Cruise Terminal  and passengers are beginning to disembark.

Update 6: The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday that crews have medevaced a female passenger from the disabled Carnival Triumph after she reportedly suffered a stroke on board. The USCG says they took the woman off in a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium and transported her to Dauphin Island to meet emergency medical services.

The Coast Guard also confirmed that at approximately 12:30 p.m. CST the tug Resolve Pioneer reported a broken tow line and that the tug Roland Falgout had to restore the tow.

At 3 p.m. CST, the Triumph was still about six miles south of the entrance of Mobile Bay. The ship is expected to arrive at the Port of Mobile Thursday evening although the passenger disembarkation process could take several hours.

Update 5: Today’s the big day!

This AIS data screen grab from Portvision shows Carnival Triumph with Resolve Pioneer tug near the entrance to the Mobile Bar Channel at 12:05 CST, Thursday.

In a statement Thursday, Carnival says that local pilots and other officials have boarded the Carnival Triumph and are awaiting entrance into Mobile Bay. “While this trip could be accomplished in about 3 hours with power, under the circumstances today we expect this to take anywhere from 7 – 10 hours,” the statement reads.

Will update again when we have official confirmation that the Carnival Triumph has been brought into the Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile.

GULF OF MEXICO - The Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph is towed by the tug vessels Pioneer and Roland Falgout toward Mobile, Ala., Feb. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

GULF OF MEXICO – The Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph is towed by the tug vessels Pioneer and Roland Falgout toward Mobile, Ala., Feb. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

UPDATE 4: Carnival Cruise Lines said Wednesday that it has sent a third tug from Port Fourchon, LA to assist in towing the disabled Carnival Triumph to Alabama. The Carnival Triumph is still expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday, five days after the engine room fire knocked out power and propulsion to the vessel with 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew on board.

The U.S. Coast says that on Wednesday afternoon a USCG MH-60 helicopter crew transported approximately 3,000 pounds of equipment to the Triumph, including a generator and electrical cables, from the offshore supply vessel Lana Rose.

The ship’s last known location was approximately 108 nautical miles south of the Port of Mobile on Wednesday afternoon.

Carnival says they are mobilizing approximately 200 people to be on the ground in Mobile to support the vessel’s arrival and guests’ travel home. Carnival added that each of the 3,143 guests will receive $500, on top of the previously announced full refund including transportation expenses, reimbursement of all shipboard purchases made during the trip and a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid.

In a separate statement, Carnival announced that they have cancelled 12 additional voyages of the Carnival Triumph from Feb. 21 through April 13, 2013, in addition to the two previously cancelled voyages.

The tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico.  The ship is enroute to Mobile, Ala., after an engine room fire a few days prior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Chris Shivock.

The tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is enroute to Mobile, Ala., after an engine room fire a few days prior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Chris Shivock.

Update 3:  The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday launched their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fire on board the Carnival Triumph that occurred Sunday. The Coast Guard says that since the Carnival Triumph is flagged in the Bahamas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority will be the primary investigative agency, while the U.S. will participate as a Marine Safety Investigative State.

Update 2: The Carnival Triumph is currently under tow by the Resolve Pioneer (front) and Dabhol.

As far as the conditions on the ship… we’d rather not get into it, but you can read about what some passengers are reporting on USA Today.

Resolve's 207-foot AHTS, Resolve Pioneer. Resolve describes the vessel as "a true multi-purpose response and salvage vessel" that is "extremely maneuverable and capable of providing emergency towing and firefighting response."

Lead tug: Resolve’s 207-foot AHTS, RESOLVE PIONEER, is described as “a true multi-purpose response and salvage vessel” that is “extremely maneuverable and capable of providing emergency towing and firefighting response.” The vessel features an ice-classed hull and 80-ton bollard pull.

Update 1: In a change of plans, Carnival said Monday evening that the Carnival Triumph will be towed to Mobile, Alabama, given the northerly currents and the fact that 900 guests onboard are traveling without passports.

The first of two tugs has arrived on scene, with the second expected Tuesday morning, Carnival said. The ship is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday.

Since Sunday, the ship has drifted about 90 miles north due to strong currents, the statement added.

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GULF OF MEXICO –  The Carnival Triumph seen in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. The Carnival Triumph lost propulsion power after an engine room fire Feb. 10, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Earlier: The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said the USCGC Vigorous is on scene and maintaining communication with the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship, which is still dead in the water approximately 136 miles north of Merida, Mexico.

As we reported yesterday, the Carnival Cruise ship experienced a fire in the aft engine room while sailing approximately 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula with 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew, causing the vessel to lose power.  The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was successfully extinguished, without injury to crew or guests.

A statement Monday by Carnival confirmed that the vessel is still without power and awaiting the arrival of two tugboats that will tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port to the Triumph’s current location. Meanwhile, a team consisting of additional technical crew and guest service personnel is en route to the vessel and is expected to arrive via boat later today, Carnival says.

REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell/Handout

U.S. Coast Guard photo

As for guests services, Carnival says that the ship has maintained emergency generator power since the fire and auxiliary power to operate some basic hotel functions has been restored, including public and cabin toilets in certain sections, power to some elevators, and power in one of the ship’s dining areas which is serving limited hot food service. Yesterday afternoon, the Carnival Elation rendezvoused with the ship and supplied dinners for the guests, along with other provisions. On Monday afternoon, the Carnival Legend is expected to arrive on scene to provide additional provisions.

Carnival has apologized for the incident and said passengers would receive a full credit for the cruise plus transportation expenses and a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage.

A Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous small boat patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

A Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous small boat patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Carnival Triumph operates four- and five-day cruises from Galveston, Texas.

The Carnival Triumph departed Galveston, Texas, on Thursday February 7 and was scheduled to return on Monday, Feb. 11. The Triumph’s next two voyages, scheduled to depart Monday, February 11 and Saturday, February 16, have been cancelled.

U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Carnival Triumph seen from the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous. U.S. Coast Guard photo

In November 2010, an engine room fire on board the Carnival Splendor off the Pacific coast of Mexico put the ship out of service months.

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  • John

    Great PR photos for the CG.

  • John I

    Great PR photo op for the CG

  • Jake Watts

    Clear violation of the Jones Act.

  • sally

    the carnival cruise ship looks to be so top-heavy, and she is operating without power to her stabalizers??? why are cruise ships not more lengthly and less tall?
    question” if this cruise ship was out in the north atlantic when this fire knocked out the engines or whatever….would the ship survive?

    • Meinhard

      Why not???? You can have a fire in your kitchen…. would you survive?

    • condu200

      You can’t compare the “top-heaviness” of a cruise line to a merchant vessel. Most of the volume in the upper levels of the ship is really just open space taken up by air.

      • Arctic Sailor

        I think people have a misconception of what and how much stabilizers help control the movement of the ship. They aren’t required for vessel stability, they are only their for comfort of the passengers. These aren’t “zero speed” stabilizers as seen on some yachts. They require vessel movement to be effective. Not sure what the lowest speed they are effective is either. Also, from all the pictures and video I have seen of the ship the seas seem pretty calm, stabilizers are not really needed. Now if this was in the North Atlantic maybe things would be different. All depends on the weather at the time.

    • Gerry Cork

      Thanks Michael. John Eaves is absolutely right!

  • avraham yasur

    looks like mr. michael verhoven has an ax to grind.

  • Silvia

    Why don’t we look at the situation once from another point of view?

    Today’s travellers do want:
    – very inexpensive, for not saying very cheep, prices
    – the most modern vessels and airplanes
    – the safest equipment
    – the best trained crew
    But they are not willing to pay a correct price for it.

    Where will all this end up?

  • PAUL

    Well, at least we all now know which cruise line to stay away from when planning our next sea voyage vacation….
    Thanks Carnival…You Guys Rock !!!

  • http://hydrogen-electric-energy.com Dan Dinsmore

    Hope fully it will cause manning revisions like the Deep water Horizon disaster did.

  • John Flynn

    Guys,
    As much as i want to rant, here are a few quick points to this thread and also to the mass media hype that is currently happening.
    1. If this was a merchant cargo vessel would any of you care?
    2. How in the name of God can you compare this to the Deep Water Horizon. Have a small bit of perspective.
    3. While they are both cruise ships do not compare with the Costa Concordia
    4. Never talk about stuff you know nothing about. Just because a vessel looks top-heavy does not make you a naval stability expert.
    5. Guys a little perspectve. The passenger have had a few days with no AC and basic toilet issues. So sweat and poo in a bucket! They will get all their money back, expenses picked up and a free cruise, plus they have a story to bore their dinner guests for years to come, telling how they nearly drowned.
    6. Machinery breaks and systems fail. We, in the industry take safety very seriously and we do our best to ensure zero issues but that is ot possible. Do we stop driving because there was an accident?
    7. Its a broken down boat, not a national emergency. Man Up – Move on and get over it.
    8. One important point – we will learn from this mistake and hopefully close one more loophole.
    9. Oh and don’t even start me on the crook of crap you call the Jones Act.
    John

    • Mike

      Very valid points and well said…
      It’s funny when people who have no idea about the shipping industry all of a sudden become experts.

    • Gerry Cork

      Nice one John! Well said! You got a lot of dirty water off yer chest there! LOL

    • Capt Wilfred T Fernandes

      Hi John,

      Right to the point…..

    • Arctic Sailor

      Well said.

    • Ruszcz

      Nicely put!
      No one cares if a cargo ships catches fire anywhere in the world (unless it is close to shore/endangeres coastline/environment) not to mention worrying for her crew. Not a media topic unlike a cruise ship.

  • http://xxx Narodna

    I am reading many comments on different blogs over the way Carnaval are handling the situation,what can they do,I have heard many statements about over weight,elders and children being on these ships and being made fun of do people forget that these passengers paid their way as much as the others that are on board,and what do they have to do with the engines shutting down.I have done two cruises both Carnaval,I have another one booked for April 21st 2013 on the Breeze and another one booked for April 26th 2014 on board the Liberty.Carnaval I,m sure are doing everything possible,this is very unfortunate but it could be worst.they would,nt have a chance if it was an Aircraft that lost their engines,hopefully their ordeal will be over soon,no injuries no deaths I think that is wonderful news in itself.And I also found a video of the towage operation http://www.vesselfinder.com/news/887-CARNIVAL-TRIUMPH-UPDATE-Exclusive-VIDEO-of-the-Towage-Operation-to-port-of-Mobile

  • John H.

    You would have to wonder what sort of investigation would have occurred if the vessel had been towed to a Mexican port or, for that matter,would Carnival have been so cavalier about recompensing passengers and waiving some crew contracts. I think it is only because it was brought into U.S. waters that there will be a more comprehensive look at the causes through NTSB and the U.S Coast Guard casualty procedures.

  • b393capt

    In a situation like this, no power to operate water filtering systems, are these ships even able to be reconfigured to allow black and/or gray water to escape to the ocean?

    Are they capable, but its just not something that is granted?

    Sounds like bypassing would be more environmentally friendly compared to the clean up of the Triumph will be when their done harshly chemically scrubbing her and disposing of tons of waste soaked debris in landfills.

  • Ravi Sishta

    From past experience a fire always results from bad house keeping. Carnival Triumph Owners would know that from day one and would need to work very hard in deed, to smother the effects on their profits…

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