Coast Guard: Leak Caused Cruise Ship Fire
Faulty fuel line said to spark fire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2013 2:19 PM CST
The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed up the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the...   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(Newser) – The cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line, says a Coast Guard official. In a teleconference today, Cmdr. Theresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months. She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading US interests in the probe.

She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew. The ship left Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 7 for a four-day trip to Mexico. The fire paralyzed the ship on Feb. 10, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.

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Feb 24, 2013 2:10 PM CST
Why fix the sweage and clear out the smell. Just rename it the Mardi Gra and sail out of NO.
Feb 19, 2013 11:46 AM CST
The fact that they could trace the cause to a fuel line so quickly tells you the fire was not very severe. A leak on its own should not cause a catastrophic fire, but a burst fuel return line would be a different story. It does not seem like a great design practice to run a fuel return line over hot components. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but it seems like they will learn something about fuel lubricant return routing from this.
Feb 18, 2013 10:03 PM CST
Is it me or does it seem like there are more "accidents" with cruise lines? Maybe the same people in charge are the ones who got fired or changed jobs from the airline industry and is trying to save money by not paying for routine maintenance. At least the ships won't fall out of the sky when something goes wrong.