Carnival probes Triumph incident

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 Cruise Lines CEO Gerry Cahill said Carnival will focus on three areas: prevention and detection of fires; engine-room redundancy; and whether more hotel facilities could be powered by emergency generators.

Cahill said the review would draw on personnel from not just Carnival Cruise Lines but from sister lines within Carnival Corp. as well as from shipyards, engine manufacturers, classification societies and electrical equipment manufacturers.

Cahill said that four geographically dispersed groups would be working on the review. They will be based in Mobile, Ala.; Miami; Southampton, England; and Trieste, Italy.
The review is to be modeled after one Carnival undertook following an engine-room fire on the Carnival Splendor in 2010.

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

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," he said. "We will wind up with some solutions we can implement across our entire fleet."

Cahill made his remarks two days before another ship in Carnival's fleet, the Carnival Dream, was idled in St. Maarten after a test of the ship's emergency diesel generator resulted in a malfunction that disabled the generator and caused interruptions to the elevators and rest room services.

Hotel systems onboard the ship were "functioning normally" by early next morning, Carnival said, but the ship remained at the dock while work continued on the technical issue.

"While the ship's propulsion systems and primary power source were not impacted, in an abundance of caution, we prefer not to sail with guests onboard without an operational backup emergency generator," Carnival said.

Passengers on the Dream were to be disembarked in St. Maarten and flown to the U.S., Carnival said. The Dream's next cruise, to depart March 16, was canceled.
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