Carnival launches review of Triumph fire

By Tom Stieghorst
MIAMI BEACH — Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a comprehensive review of its fleet to address problems that surfaced in the engine-room fire on Carnival Triumph.

Speaking at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, Carnival President Gerry Cahill said Carnival will focus on three areas: prevention and detection of fires; engine-room redundancy; and whether additional hotel facilities could be run off emergency generators.

Cahill said the review draws on personnel at Carnival Cruise lines and from sister lines within Carnival Corp., shipyards, engine manufacturers, classification societies and electrical-equipment manufacturers.

There are four groups working on the review, based in Mobile, Ala.; Miami, Southampton, England; and Trieste, Italy, Cahill said.

The review is modeled after one Carnival did following an engine-room fire on Carnival Splendor in 2010.

"We spent millions of dollars finding the lessons learned from the Carnival Splendor fire. And many of those changes worked [on the Triumph]," Cahill said.

He did not say when the review is expected to be finished.

"The review is very comprehensive and it will take a little bit of time to complete it. We will wind up with some solutions we can implement across our entire fleet," he said.

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