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Carnival Triumph Adrift After Fire Engine Room

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, an 893-foot cruise ship with a 3858 passengers and crew capacity, went adrift about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula on February 10 after a fire in the engine room disabled the power supply; the ship thus lost propulsion. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished quickly by an automatic fire extinguishing system, and no one was reported injured.

Carnival Corporation has reported that the ship is using an emergency power generator, which is supplying some basic needs, and that another Carnival ship, CARNIVAL ELATION, has transferred provisions to TRIUMPH. Another Carnival ship is scheduled to provide further provisions today. The U.S. Coast Guard is also at hand.

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH left Galveston, TX, on February 7 and was supposed to have returned on the 11th. Apparently, the ship is still without power today as she awaits the arrival of two tugboats that will tow her to Progreso, Mexico. Carnival has cancelled her next two trips, and the passengers on board for this trip will receive a refund and cruise credits.

UPDATE 2/12/13

The latest word is that the Coast Guard is escorting CARNIVAL TRIUMPH to Mobile, Alabama. According to the Coast Guard, the two tug boats are Fort Lauderdale-based RESOLVE PIONEER and St. Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged tug DABHOL. They have about 270 miles to go between Mobile and where the tugs picked them up; they are scheduled to arrive in Mobile on Thursday.

The Coast Guard and the NTSB will participate in investigating the cause of the fire, but as CARNIVAL TRIUMPH is Bahamian-flagged, the Bahamas Maritime Authority will act as the lead investigative body. The outcome will be made public after the investigation.

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