CNN Opinion: What Cruise Lines Don't Want You to Know

Today CNN asked me to write an opinion piece regarding the state of affairs of the cruise industry following the fire aboard the Carnival Triumph.  CNN permits only the first 150 words of the article to be published so here you go:

Editor's note: James M. Walker is a maritime lawyer and cruise safety advocate involved in cruise ship law and maritime litigation with his law firm, Walker and O'Neill. He has represented crew members and passengers against cruise lines, including Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Formerly, he worked as a lawyer for the cruise industry.

Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph - Cruise Fire (CNN) -- A Carnival cruise ship was adrift 150 miles off the coast of Mexico after an engine room fire. Cruise passengers were complaining about the lack of air conditioning, hot cabins, cold food and toilets that wouldn't flush.

As I watched the news broadcast, I thought it was a documentary about the Carnival Splendor, which suffered a disabling engine room fire in November 2010 off Mexico. But the story was about the Carnival Triumph, which caught fire early Sunday after sailing from Galveston, Texas, with more than 3,100 passengers.

The cruise industry says cruise ship fires are rare, but they are not rare. They happen with alarming frequency . . .  

Read the rest of the article here. 

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Don Bacon - February 14, 2013 6:01 PM

Jim,
I just read your article, and I notice you didn't get to the technical parts. My attempts to find out exactly what happened have been fruitless. The reports say the fire started variously in the Triumph’s engine room. . .in the aft engine room. . .in an engine room, etc.

So one question I have is: How many engine rooms does the Triumph have? Wikipedia says she has six engines but doesn't say how many engine rooms. I assume more than one.

So then the question: Why would a fire in one engine room knock out ALL the ship's power? And why so many engine fires in general?

And that takes me back to my EMP conspiracy theories which I won't burden you with again.

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