Sunday, February 17, 2013

Other signs that Carnival Triumph fiasco was deliberate

Image: Carnival Triumph cruise from Hell closely corresponded to ley line leading to Mobile, Alabama, to where it was towed.

Investigators have already pulled the voyage data recorder -- a device that records alarms, voice communications on the bridge, engine speed, navigation information and rudder angle, said Cuty. The probe will likely take eight to 12 months to complete, he said. [How could he predict that? Is that actually just how much time it will take everyone to lose interest in what they "learn?"]
Based on an inspection Thursday of the engine room, the fire did not appear to have been large, Cuty said. "It was just a fire that was, apparently, in the right place."
It's also not the first fire to disable one of the cruise line's ships.

In 2010, the Carnival cruise ship Splendor lost power after an engine room fire, leaving it adrift off Mexico's Pacific coast. The ship was towed to San Diego.

Think the long, hard trip is over? Not so fast, buddy.

One of the charter buses carrying passengers of the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship broke down just 45 minutes into its journey, a bitter coda to what must have been one of the worst vacations since the Griswolds went to Wally World.

To stay fresh, cruise lines build not only brand new $500-million-plus ships, but also pump big bucks into refurbishing their existing fleets. Years of corrosive salt water and wind, not to mention constant use, takes its toll. Still, ships are routinely retired from service for the North American market when they're as young as 15 to 20 years old. Considered over-the-hill, they're shifted to a cruise line's Europe- or Asia-based divisions or sold to foreign lines whose clientele isn't as picky about age.

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A look at the Carnival Triumph in statistics:

— Year built and first cruise: 1999. [Ship is about 13 years old - perhaps scheduled to be retired soon.]

It will be interesting to learn what would have been necessary to prevent the failure of the plumbing system, or to provide an alternate system, which should have been simple considering that they were surrounded by an ocean which had recently been polluted by the Gulf Gusher.