Monday, February 11th 2013 - 22:10 UTC

Quick rescue operation for ‘Carnival Triumph’ adrift in the Gulf of Mexico

Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,200 passengers and crew will be towed to port after a weekend engine fire left it dead in the water, a cruise line official announced. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Vigorous arrived early Monday to aid the stranded ship. The first of two tugboats is expected on the scene by midday, said Greg Magee, commander of the Vigorous.

Carnival Triumph with her 4.200 pax and crew will be towed to a Mexican port

The Carnival Triumph was about 150 miles off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, heading back to Galveston, Texas, when the fire broke out in an engine room Sunday morning, according to Carnival Cruise Lines. The ship's automatic fire extinguishing system kicked in and soon contained the blaze, and no injuries were reported, Carnival said Monday.

The fire still left the ship with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members adrift without propulsion, the cruise line said.

The two tugboats will tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, the closest port to the ship's location, Carnival said. The ship is expected to arrive in Mexico late Wednesday, and passengers will be flown back to the US on a chartered aircraft.

The Coast Guard said the ship is drifting about 2 mph to the northeast. “It's in deep water and not near any hazards to navigation,” Magee said.

The Coast Guard does not yet have any information on the cause of the fire. No medical emergencies have been reported. One passenger who requires routine medical treatment was transferred to another Carnival cruise ship Monday afternoon to get to shore more quickly, Magee said.

Emergency generator power has been in use since the fire, Carnival said, and technical teams are “gradually restoring auxiliary power to operate some basic hotel functions.”

Toilets are operational in parts of the ship, and some elevators are working, according to the cruise line. Hot coffee and limited hot food service are available to passengers.

“Guests have been supplied with food and refreshments throughout yesterday and this morning and the ship has supplies on board to last until the vessel returns to port,” Carnival said.

Food and beverages were transferred Sunday night onto the Triumph from a sister ship, the Carnival Elation. Another ship, the Carnival Legend, is en route to bring additional food and water to the Triumph on Monday afternoon, Carnival said.

“Right now we believe everything here is safe and secure,” the Coast Guard's Magee said. ”The communication with the master (of the cruise ship) has been open and honest.”

After being towed to Progreso, those aboard the Carnival Triumph will be flown back to the United States at no cost to them, the cruise line said. They will also get a full refund, credit that can be used toward a future trip and reimbursement for all expenses, except casino and gift shop purchases, for their current trip.


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1 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:26 pm Report abuse
it seems one is not safe on any cruse liners nowdays.
2 golfcronie (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:34 pm Report abuse
Apparently Argentinians are going to send their flagship( libertad ) to help in the rescue mission. Argentine Government statement says “ don't hold your breath it could be a while”
3 jonas_Bs.As. (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 03:47 am
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4 commonsparrow (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:22 pm Report abuse
Reading about all these cruiseliner horror stories over the years have turned me off of cruises. I'll get on a boat to go from point a to point b but thats about it.
5 Conqueror (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 02:04 pm Report abuse
@3 And how are “your” warships? Anybody told you that they aren't all supposed to go underwater? That “modern” ships have engines, not sails? Does your “navy” have a new naming convention? It used to be ARA (whatever). Have you changed it to AKA General Belgrano? All named the same so that they can dive to the bottom?
6 ChrisR (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 02:06 pm Report abuse
The number of 'engine' fires, which are probably electrical by nature as the engines drive alternators which, via the inverters, drive ac motors attached to propellers would seem to point to a mis-match between expected load as designed and actual load experienced.

Put another way a cheap job with no overload factored in. If this is the case it will be very expensive to upgrade all their ships of this type and class.
7 willi1 (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:11 pm Report abuse
the triumph is one of the oldest carnival ships.
when you sit in the main restaurant on the second floor at the rear at the table, the guests shake like puppets due to an unbalance of the drive shaft. maybe it run hot.
8 golfcronie (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:23 pm Report abuse
You are correct Willi. It certainly ran hot as you described. It went on fire.
9 Conqueror (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:49 pm Report abuse
Wait a minute. Suppose it was argie “sabotage”? A “covert” argie act of war? Shouldn't we bomb Buenos (fuckit) Aires? Argies, and allies(?), are terrorising South Atlantic and Caribbean. We should take this to the United Nations. Demand that argieland accounts for the location of every one of its “inhabitants” for every day since December 1st 2012. Including “ex-pats” (terrorist infiltrators) like P_H. Perhaps, after they've been rounded up and neutered, we could have them shot?
10 briton (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 07:02 pm Report abuse
3 jonas
Another shipwreck veteran lol.
11 golfcronie (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 12:06 am Report abuse
Can someone explain what Jonas is trying to say?
12 Anglotino (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 05:07 am Report abuse
Ignore Jonas, just another sock puppet by a troll. They will never go away but don't give them oxygen. Just ignore the dozens of them on here otherwise they are getting what they want.
13 briton (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 08:13 pm Report abuse
14 Argie_USA (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 03:19 pm Report abuse
Merco-british crap-Press continues
same than the economist and the commentator
bitch bitch bitch
15 row82 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
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