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Carnival Knew its Ill-Fated Triumph Had Problems Before Cruise, Says Suit

Dec 18, 2013 12:01 am

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Carnival’s defense that its repairs went beyond what was necessary was unfortunately undermined by the subsequent failure and its second-worst disaster in two years (the other being the Costa Concordia if you are keeping score).

— Jason Clampet

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The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is towed towards dock at the port of Mobile, AL. Lyle Ratliff / Reuters

Documents filed in the past few days in federal court in Miami indicate Carnival Cruise Lines knew about a risk of leaks from engine fuel hoses and recommended precautions before the ill-fated voyage of the Carnival Triumph.

A lawsuit filed in February on behalf of dozens of passengers argues the cruise line and its parent Carnival Corporation were negligent in maintenance, allowing Triumph to sail from Galveston on Feb. 7.

A Feb. 10 fire disabled the ship. Passengers endured a nightmarish tow to Mobile, Ala.

CNN first reported on the newly filed documents.

Carnival said in a response filed Tuesday that the ship’s engines passed inspection before departing for the four-day cruise and its own recommendation to install spray shields on flexible fuel lines was beyond any required safety measures.

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