A lawsuit accuses Carnival Cruise Lines of knowing about fire risks before
the Carnival Triumph set sail earlier this year. The Triumph made headlines
when a February 10th hose leak fire broke out in engine No. 6.
The ship, according to
The Associated Press (AP), was returning from Mexico when the fire disabled the vessel. The
lawsuit alleges that Carnival knew about leak risks and recommended precautions
one month before departure. More than 4,000 people were onboard at the
time of the fire. The lawsuit was brought against Carnival Cruise Lines
and Carnival Corporation, its parent company, on behalf of dozens of passengers
In a deposition taken from the ship's captain, Angelo Los, his first
notification from Carnival concerning fuel leaks from flexible hoses was
in January. Los was shown the January 2nd compliance notice citing nine
fuel leaks on Carnival Corporation's ships over two years, according
to the AP. Los said he believed that Carnival knew about the issue since
March 2012 and that spray guards meant to prevent fires were installed,
but not on engine No.6. Carnival said spray shields were an extra step,
but are not mandated, the AP indicated.
Passengers describe raw sewage, human waste, and biohazard bags in passenger
deck areas and outside passenger doors, according to CNN. In fact, the
event is popularly known as the "poop cruise," wrote CNN, describing
the four days in which the boat drifted with no air conditioning and,
for the most part, no lights, water, food, or working toilets.
CNN learned that the Triumph set sail with just four of its six generators
fully working, and that Carnival knew it had an ongoing generator fire
hazard in its fleet's ships. The generator involved in the Triumph
fire had been long overdue for maintenance according to a number of Carnival
safety reports, and was not always in compliance with the Safety Laws
of the Sea (SOLAS), according to the ship's engineer. Carnival maintains
that the fire was not due to the generator's lack of maintenance.
- The Associated Press; Lawsuit: Fire Risk Known Before Carnival Triumph
Sailed; Christopher Sherman; December 19, 2013; http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2013/12/19/carnival-cruise-fire-lawsuit/4122947/
- CNN/ CNN Exclusive: Documents Show Carnival Knew of Fire Danger Before
Ill-Fated Cruise; Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein, December 18, 2013;