One missing after cruise liner mishap


Fri, Apr 05, 2013 - Page 7

One dock worker remained missing late on Wednesday after a new mishap involving a Carnival cruise ship, which broke free from moorings in a US port, the company said.

Two employees were thrown into the water when high winds caused the Carnival Triumph to break free in the US Gulf Coast port of Mobile, Alabama, where it was docked after a hellish four-day ordeal last month.

Television pictures showed a large hole on the stern of the ship, apparently on a passenger deck half way up the side of the vessel.

All Triumph employees were accounted for, but a non-Carnival worker remained missing, said Carnival, which has suffered a string of accidents since its cruise ship the Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian coast last year.

“Due to strong winds that reached speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour [113kph] during a severe storm ... Carnival Triumph, which was in wet dock at a Mobile shipyard, broke away from its moorings,” a Carnival statement said.

“The ship drifted, and was secured. With the assistance of tugboats on site, the ship has been moved to the Mobile Cruise Terminal. Lines have moored the ship, and, as a precaution, tugboats will remain alongside the vessel as well,” the statement said.

In a 7pm update on the incident, the company cited reports that two shipyard employees on an adjacent pier fell into the water.

“One has reportedly been rescued by the US Coast Guard and the search continues for the second. Our thoughts and prayers are with the missing shipyard employee and the family,” it said.

The Triumph docked in Mobile last month, after an engine room blaze left the vessel without electricity to power the kitchens, toilets and other necessities for four days.