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Investigation Reveals that Carnival Knew About Fire Risks on Triumph

December 30, 2013
Colson Hicks Eidson

According to an investigation by CNN, Carnival cruise line’s reports, inspections and maintenance records revealed a growing problem on the Triumph more than a year before the ill-fated cruise.

The company’s documents exposed a dangerous pattern of leaks emerging on other Carnival cruise ships in years leading up to the Triumph disaster. In February of 2012, Carnival’s Costa Allegra caught fire in the Indian Ocean due to fuel leaking onto a hot spot and catching fire. The incident left the ship without power for three days in conditions of nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is uncannily similar to what started the fire onboard the Triumph only one year later.

CNN discovered that the crew of the Triumph set sail with only four of their six generators fully working, knowing that the vessel had ongoing generator issues. The first problem with the Triumph was in diesel generator No. 6, the one that caused the fire. Starting more than a year before the Triumph left port, the faulty generator was overdue for maintenance.

Over 4,000 passengers and crew members were stranded aboard the Triumph after a fire knocked out the ship’s power. The ship drifted four days before it could be towed to shore, the entire time without air conditioning and mostly without lights, water, food and working toilets.

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