The 278 meter long passenger cruise shipCarnival Triumph suffered a fire in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Mexico near the Yucatan Peninsula. The fire started in the vessel’s aft engine room. The crew activated the automated fire extinguishing systems which was able to contain and extinguish the blaze. No reports of injuries to the 3,143 guest or 1,086 crew on board. Passengers were asked to stay in the public areas while being provided food and refreshments. The fire damaged the Triumph’s main engines disabling the vessel. The cruise ship is operating only on emergency power while the crew attempted to make repairs. A few hours later, the crew determined that the vessel would require a tow. The Coast Guard was notified of the situation with a tug dispatched to the scene. The tug will arrive and tow the Carnival Triumph to the port of Progreso, Mexico where passengers will be flown back to the United States. Carnival announced that all the passengers will receive some compensation, but it was not clear if it was credit for a future trip or a full refund.
Other Notable Carnival related incidents
November 2010 – Carnival Splendor suffers fire in Pacific Ocean and left without power for days. US Navy provided aid as conditions deteriorated. Vessel towed to San Diego.
The 42 meter long fishing vessel Rosemarie KW-34 caught fire while berthed at a quay in IJmuiden, Netherlands. The fire was first spotted by a port employee who saw fire in the forecastle. The local fire brigade was called who were able to get the fire under control after an hour. No reports of injuries. The Rosemarie KW-34 damage was limited to the forepeak. Reports state the fire may have been caused by an electrical short.
On March 16, 2011, the 75,300 dwt freighter MS Oliva went aground off Nightingale Island which is part the South Atlantic Islands of Tristan da Cunha. The Oliva was bound for Singapore from Santos, Brazil with a cargo of soya beans when it struck a rocky outcrop and firmly aground. The initial grounding caused damage to 4 ballast tanks. All 22 crewmen on board the Oliva were safely rescued by the fishing vessel Edinburgh and cruise ship MS Prince Albert II. Salvage attempt was remotely possible as the nearest salvage team would have to travel from Cape Town, South Africa which was a 5 day voyage. A few days later, the weather worsen with heavy swells causing the vessel to break-in-two.
When the MV Oliva broke up it released some 1,600 tons of heavy fuel oil along with its cargo of soya beans into the waters surrounding Nightingale Island. Reports stated thousands of Northern Rockhopper penguins became coated in the pollution. The efforts to save these birds can be found in this is book.
Two years later, the lifeboat from the MV Oliva washes ashore in South Australia. The lifeboat survived some 12,000 kilometers from Nightingale Island across the southern oceans. Besides some damage to the seats on board, the 7 meter long lifeboat remained intact.