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Maritime Authority Investigates Cruise Fire

The Carnival Triumph, which left thousands of passengers stranded a week ago, is a Bahamian registered ship.

Now, the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is conducting a probe into a fire aboard the vessel.

According to a release sent out by the BMA Sunday, the incident occurred while the ship was approximately 150 miles off the coast of Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

It was carrying 4,229 passengers and crew on a four-day cruise from Galveston, Texas.

“The fire originated in the vessel’s machinery space and although extinguished by the on-board fire system, the vessel suffered a loss of power and as a consequence completed its voyage to Mobile, Alabama under tow. There are no reported injuries to the persons on board nor is there any report of pollution from the vessel,” the BMA said.

According to Carnival officials, there are three generators in the engine room where the fire broke out.

The same ship encountered a problem in January with its propulsion system, according to a notice posted on the website of Carnival senior cruise director John Heald.

The fire crippled the ship for several days and created a problem with the vessel’s sewer system.

According to reports, toilets stopped working, waste spilled on to the hallways of the ship and passengers were left to pick up faeces with plastic bags.

There were also reports of shortage of food.

The BMA is now partnering with other parties to investigate the situation.

“The Bahamas Maritime Authority is conducting its investigation in conjunction with other substantially interested parties, including the United States which is represented by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB),” officials said.

“The BMA’s investigation is at an early stage and is being conducted in accordance with the international casualty guidelines with the aim being to ascertain the cause and circumstances relating to the incident, on board emergency management and identify measures to prevent recurrence to similar incidents.”

Officials said a report will be submitted to the International Maritime Organisation on the conclusion of the investigation.
However, officials have not said when that investigation is expected to be completed.

As compensation, Carnival offered each passenger $500, a free flight home, a full refund for the trip and for most expenses incurred on board, and credit for another cruise.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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