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Not Much of a Triumph

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Like everybody else, I've been watching the Carnival Triumph fiasco. Speaking as a former Navy man, the whole thing looks like a Charlie Foxtrot of the first order.

Now, granted my ship experience is based on warships, which are designed with an eye towards the idea that somebody just might take a potshot at them. However, I was struck with the truly horrible lack of redundancy on Triumph. Per the link above, Triumph is a diesel-electric ship, and has six generators. The only way a fire would result in the loss of all generators is for them to all be in the same space!

If that sounds like a stupid idea, well it is. You'd ideally want six generators in three compartments, two to a compartment, or at least two compartments of three each, allowing split-plant operations. Obviously, the decision was made to spend more money on the Lido deck then on the engineering plant. Carnival can get away with this because her ships aren't registered in the US. This allows them to avoid paying US taxes and meeting US regulations.

The second area of foxtrot-ishness is Carnival's response. The ship was stricken within 200 miles of Progresso, Mexico. One would think you'd tow her there. Now, granted, there were 900 passengers not traveling with US passports (moral of the story, kids - leaving the country = get a passport) but you could surely make arrangements to get them back separately. But then Carnival decided to ignore Progresso, and even more curiously not go back to Houston, from whence she sailed, to offload passengers. No, they towed her to Mobile (presumably to start repairs at Alabama Docks) with passengers aboard! And then they decided to bus the passengers to New Orleans!

At any rate, Carnival has bought itself another week of bad PR, and 3,500 people who are going to be dining out for the next year on their stories of surviving a cruise.

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saffe_g
Feb. 15th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Not Much of a Triumph - forget about redundant engines...
What about redundant sewage processing? Bleh.
chris_gerrib
Feb. 15th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Not Much of a Triumph - forget about redundant engines...
My understanding is that the sewage problem was caused by lack of power.
bdunbar
Feb. 16th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Walked the distance from a random point 200 miles North of Progresso - the diff between there and Mobile / Houston is pretty much a wash. I will allow this was 'google maps' and a ruler, so not accurate.

Perhaps the reason for towing her to Mobile was getting the passengers elsewhere after the debarked.

The road network, flight availability .. it's a 3 and 1/2 hour drive over some sketchy looking roads to the nearest international airport in Cancun. And their capacity to handle peak traffic for 4K people in a day or two ...

Edited at 2013-02-16 01:36 am (UTC)
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