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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:01 PM

Cruise ship on the move after latest setback

Coast Guard official says a disabled cruise ship off the coast of Alabama is again moving toward the shore after a broken towline delayed the vessel's slow journey back to port.

Petty Officer William Colclough says a new tugboat has been secured and the Carnival Triumph is again making its way into Mobile.

He says the ship will be further delayed because of the towline issue, though he did not give a new estimated arrival time. It had been expected to arrive Thursday night.

Docking a ship takes three hours in a normal operation. But because of the ship's condition, it will take at least seven hours, CBS Mobile affiliate WKRG reported. CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority Jimmy Lyons says the winches are inoperable and the thrusters that normally get it in and out of the berths aren't working. Additionally, Triumph's arrival is also slowed by high winds.

A nighttime arrival could pose more complications, Lyons said. He said port officials prefer that the ship not come into the city at night because there are tricky turns and cross currents in Mobile Bay. He described the bay as only 10 feet deep outside the ship channel.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57569457/cruise-ship-on-the-move-after-latest-setback/

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Reply Cruise ship on the move after latest setback (Original post)
FarCenter Feb 2013 OP
lpbk2713 Feb 2013 #1
Hard Assets Feb 2013 #14
KamaAina Feb 2013 #18
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #2
Generic Other Feb 2013 #4
frylock Feb 2013 #3
Helen Reddy Feb 2013 #6
frylock Feb 2013 #16
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #5
FarCenter Feb 2013 #10
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #12
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #7
jhawk9 Feb 2013 #8
cbayer Feb 2013 #9
jhawk9 Feb 2013 #13
cbayer Feb 2013 #20
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #11
Hard Assets Feb 2013 #15
slackmaster Feb 2013 #17
KamaAina Feb 2013 #19
pokerfan Feb 2013 #21

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:05 PM

1. Those poor people must think they've died and gone to hell.





And I've got to feel sorry for the people who will have to clean it up.
I wouldn't do it no matter how bad off I was.


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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:17 PM

14. Alabama is hell.

 

With the idiots that have already ruined Don Siegelman.

I hope these passengers sue Carnival for even more money than the compensation + $500 + deep discounts for future cruises.

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Response to Hard Assets (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:42 PM

18. I didn't realize KKKarl Rove was from Alabama

He's the idiot that ruined Don Siegelman.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:07 PM

2. Is Captain Queeg in charge of that ship?

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:32 PM

4. I never ran over my own tow line

so stop saying that. You probably ate the strawberries too!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:29 PM

3. all hands on the poop deck

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Response to frylock (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:36 PM

6. My inner 14 year old is laughing at this!

 



Funny poop jokes aside, I pity their plight and hopefully get this behind them soon.

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Response to Helen Reddy (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:31 PM

16. same here..

one thing's for certain, and that is you will never find me on a cruise ship. too many stories like this.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:34 PM

5. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 05:58 PM

10. Do you suppose that Mobile Bay is still mined?

The bigger hazard is running aground. Especially if there is wind at right angle to the ship channel. Those things have a huge flat wall for the wind to work against.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:08 PM

12. I understand the mines were fairly ineffectual back then so I'm not to worried on that front

Yes, running aground is a concern, but that's why the Mobile Bay pilots get paid the big bucks.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:38 PM

7. How many onboard are contemplating jumping overboard and pressing their luck?..n/t

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 05:05 PM

8. Why not leave ship?

Since there were lifeboats, why don't the passengers use them?

After the fire, why didn't Carnival hire motorboats to take the passengers to a Mexican port?

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Response to jhawk9 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 05:40 PM

9. Lots of reasons.

Lifeboats are meant to keep people from drowning but don't function well in taking them over long distances. They were 150 miles offshore when the fire occurred. They probably have motorized shore boats, but they are in no way equipped to deal with that distance of those conditions.

The seas have been rough. They did evacuate one person because of a life threatening condition, but it was very difficult. The person who was to accompany her was unable to get on the CG boat, that's how bad it was. While a large cruise ship can handle this fine, smaller *rescue* vessels would have a much harder time.

The route to a Mexican port was deemed unsuitable due to currents and seas. Going into Mobile Bay was the safest route, though longer.


Based on the information available, I believe the captain, crew and shipping company have made the best decisions under the worst of circumstances.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:09 PM

13. lifeboats and leaving

Thank you for your answer. I have been wondering for days.

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Response to jhawk9 (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:47 PM

20. You are welcome. Welcome to DU!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:04 PM

11. Carnival is the worst...

Amazing they're still in business.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:24 PM

15. Royal Caribbean is our next cruise.

 

Halloween '14. Port of calls are southern Caribbean (Aruba, Curaçao, BVI, Antigua).

We have to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and I swear that's the most expensive part of the trip.


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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:37 PM

17. Carnival is the Motel 6 of cruise lines

 

They've made cruising affordable for a lot of people.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:43 PM

19. Not exactly

Motel 6 leaves the light on for you.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:51 PM

21. Triumph says...

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