LONDON - The Bahamas Maritime Authority is conducting
an investigation into the fire onboard the Bahamian registered passenger
ship, CARNIVAL TRIUMPH.
The incident occurred on Sunday 10th
February 2013 whilst the vessel was on passage approximately 150 miles
off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. At the time of the incident, the vessel
was carrying 4,229 passengers and crew on a four-day cruise from
The fire originated in the vessel’s machinery space and although
extinguished by the onboard fire system, the vessel suffered a loss
of power and as a consequence completed its voyage to Mobile, Alabama
under tow. There are no reported injuries to the persons onboard
nor is there any report of pollution from the vessel.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is conducting
its investigation in conjunction other substantially interested parties, including the United States which
is represented by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United
States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB).
The BMA’s investigation is at an early stage and is being conducted
in accordance with the international casualty guidelines with the aim
being to ascertain the cause of
and circumstances relating to the incident, on board emergency management
and identify measures to prevent recurrence of the similar incidents.
A report will be submitted to the International Maritime Organisation
on conclusion of the investigation.