Fuel leak started fire on Carnival cruise ship: Coast Guard

Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:05pm EST

The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is towed towards the dock at the port of Mobile, Alabama, February 14, 2013. REUTERS/ Lyle Ratliff

The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is towed towards the dock at the port of Mobile, Alabama, February 14, 2013.

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(Reuters) - The fire on board the Carnival Corp cruise ship that drifted for days in the Gulf of Mexico awash in raw sewage started from fuel from a leaking diesel engine line that ignited, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.

More than 4,200 passenger and crew were stranded for five days last week on board the Triumph cruise ship, a journey followed closely by U.S. cable television news stations that regaled audiences with details about backed-up plumbing and overflowing toilets on board the damaged vessel.

The ship was towed into port in Mobile, Alabama late on Thursday.

The fuel leaked from a diesel fuel oil return line that was touching a hot surface and caught fire, said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Teresa Hatfield in a conference call with reporters.

The investigation into the incident, which also is being studied by the National Transportation Safety Board, is likely to take as long as six months, she said.

There was no indication the fire was intentional, she said.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Marguerita Choy)

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Comments (2)
theidahokid wrote:
Like I said from day one, Piss poor maintenance, those kind of lines are checked daily, and tightened if necessary. Hire cheap help, you get poor workers…….

Feb 18, 2013 4:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jdl51 wrote:
I’d be willing to bet this will cost Carnival far more than it would if it had hired competent help to begin with instead of the cheapest crew money can buy. You get what you pay for.

Feb 19, 2013 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
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