Carnival Sues Over Triumph’s Mooring Break – Report

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June 18, 2013

Carnival Triumph wedged up against the USACE dredger, “Wheeler”, on April 3, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Carnival Corporation has filed a lawsuit against BAE Systems over damages sustained by the Carnival Triumph cruise ship after she broke free from her moorings at the BAE shipyard in Mobile during a strong April storm.

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According to the Birmingham News, Carnival Corp. filed the suit in federal court last week and is seeking $12 million from BAE Systems and related entities to cover the cost of damages and a judgement that would relieve Carnival from any responsibility over the incident.

Carnival Triumph broke free from its mooring at the BAE Systems Shipyard in Mobile when a strong storm packed with 70 m.p.h. winds rolled through the area. No injuries were sustained by workers on the Triumph, however one employee of BAE Systems was killed when a guard shack was blown into the water. The Triumph crashed into a BAE drydock before drifting across the Mobile River and striking a USACE dredger.

According to Carnival’s suit, Triumph was “completely dependent on shore power and other services provided by BAE” April 3 because neither the ship’s main nor emergency generators were functional, the Birmingham News report says.┬áThe complaint also claims that BAE secured the ship with unsafe moorings, causing it break free, the report said.

The Carnival Triumph was at BAE Systems for repairs from a February 2013 engine room fire that left the ship adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico.

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