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Coast Guard: Cause of cruise ship fire was a leak

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:37 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. » A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line.

In a teleconference today, Cmdr. Theresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.

She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.

She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.

The ship left Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 17 for a four-day trip to Mexico. The fire paralyzed the ship early Sunday, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.

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cojef wrote:
Problems with Mega-Liners, when it leaks, it pours. Meaning small problems are magnified because it affect a huge numbers of passengers. I the instant case almost 3K passengers, with 1,100 crewmembers litterly stepping over each other trying to survive the lack of sanitary bathroom facilities plusfood preparation was out of the equation with lack of power. Luckily, the duration of the cruise was only for 4 days, but lacking the infra-structure adequacies it erupted into a nightmare for the paying passengers. Prefer to cruise on smaller cruise ship where elegance is stressed, instead of the glitzy and Disneyland like family entertainment.
on February 18,2013 | 10:48AM
1assa wrote:
Imagine how much MORE luggage would have had to be off loaded with the people in port if the cruise was to have been for two weeks. Also, much more food would have been aboard to rot.
on February 18,2013 | 01:07PM
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