Resolve Pioneer. Photo via MarineTraffic.com

Carnival Triumph has been drifting in the gulf of Mexico since an engine room fire which crippled the cruise ship’s power, water and plumbing systems last Sunday. 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew have endured extreme conditions with limited bathroom facilities and a lack of hot food and running water. And, with the air conditioning systems offline, sweltering below deck temperatures.

Dabhol Photo: Rolf Grabbert via VesselTracker.com

Carnival Cruise Lines President Gerry Cahill in a statement said. said that the disabled Triumph is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday, February 14 or 15.

The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous stands by to assist the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico after losing propulsion power Feb. 10, 2013. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell via facebook

The Dabhol arrived Monday, and Resolve Pioneer arrived on Tuesday. The US Coast Guard cutter Vigorous is also on site, and will escort the convoy to port, standing by to assist in case of any emergency.

Sunset over Carnival Triumph. Photo: Ensign Chris Shivock via USCG facebook.

From NPR.com: The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the fire aboard the Triumph, the agencies said Tuesday. Their inquiry will focus on what caused the engine room fire, as well as the response from the ship’s crew and fire-suppression system. The agencies’ roles may be somewhat limited, because the Triumph is not U.S.-flagged. According to the Coast Guard, “Because the Carnival Triumph is a Bahamian flagged vessel, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigative agency.” Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard reported that two tugs — the Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol — are now towing the cruise ship to Mobile. The cutter Vigorous has been shadowing the Triumph in the gulf. Read more here…

From USCG: U.S. Coast Guard, NTSB launch investigation on the Carnival Triumph engine fire

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation Tuesday into the circumstances surrounding a fire aboard the Carnival Triumph, that ocurred Sunday.

The Carnival Triumph experienced an engine room fire while on a four-day cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, and has been without propulsion in the Gulf of Mexico since.  The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was extinguished. No injuries to guests or crew members were reported in connection to the fire.

The ship is expected to arrive in Mobile, Ala., Thursday evening.

Because the Carnival Triumph is a Bahamian flagged vessel, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigative agency. In accordance with international guidelines, the U.S. will participate in this investigation as a Marine Safety Investigative State.

Coast Guard members from both the Investigations and Cruise Ship Centers of Expertise, along with a representative from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center will lead the U.S. investigation joined by a team of five investigators from the NTSB Office of Marine Safety and the Office of Research and Engineering. The purpose of the investigation is to identify causal and contributing factors that led to the incident. Additionally both the crew response and effectiveness of fire fighting systems will be evaluated to help prevent future incidents. 

The U.S. team is expected to arrive in Mobile Wednesday. Results of the investigation will be released to the public once the investigation by the Bahamas Maritime Authority is complete. 

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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