Anderson Cooper aired a short special last night on his program AC360.
Over and over again, Carnival engineers indicated on their Triumph inspection reports and maintenance records that one of the ship’s diesel generators was way past due for maintenance. The cruise ship was out of compliance with the IMO’s Safety of Life at Sea requirements.
Carnival irresponsibly delayed and deferred maintenance and overhaul of the diesel engine.
The program indicates that the Triumph had a dangerous propensity for a fire problem but Carnival neglected the engines and then set sail anyway. CNN said that the fire was a disaster waiting to happen and the cruise line risked the passengers’ lives and well being.
The problem could be traced back for over a year to a “dangerous pattern” of fuel line leaks on other ships, including the Carnival owned Costa Allegra which previously erupted in fire.
This fire, which disabled the Allegra, fore-shadowed the Triumph fire. There were reportedly nine instances of fuel leaks from flexible fuel hoses throughout Carnival’s fleet. The cruise line was recommending the installation of spray shields on some but not all of its ships to protect the flanges and hoses from leaking fuel on hot spots which would ignite.
The hose which was not shielded on the Triumph sprayed fuel which ignited the fire. This was foreseeable and preventable.
The documents were produced by Carnival in a lawsuit filed by a lawyer in Houston.
Carnival is defending the lawsuit by saying that no one was physically injured. Plus it claims that the cruise line offers no promise of a safe trip and passengers have no right to sue for unsafe or unsanitary conditions during the cruise.
Carnival also says that it is spending 300 million dollars to make improvements and prevent fires.
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