Carnival Triumph Explosion, Carnival Cruise Line ship evacuated in Alabama – April 25, 2013 Carnival Triumph Evacuated After Fuel Barges Explode.
Sometimes, the path to success is plagued with misfortune. Such has become the case with Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Triumph which has been rocked with one misfortune after another including being the center of a class action lawsuit after a generator fire left her drifting and without power for days while deep in the Gulf Of Mexico. She was towed to Mobile, Alabama, her passengers left to suffer aboard for days, without the most basic of human comforts.
Then, breaking free of her moorings in Mobile, Alabama, Carnival Triumph drifted at sea for the second time since February.
Now, Carnival Triumph has been evacuate after an explosion endangered approximately 800 Carnival Triumph crew. Crew members were transported to the Mobile, Alabama Civic Center and were cared for by the Salvation Army who hosted the sheltering of Carnival Triumph’s evacuees.
The explosion took place in the ship channel near the George C. Wallace Tunnel, when two fuel barges suddenly exploded during cleaning, while docked on the Alabama River near Carnival Triumph.
Numerous reports say several people working on the barges were critically burned and transported to a local hospital.
The United States Coast Guards has reported the fire started with a leak in a fuel -oil return line connected to a generator which caused the initial explosions, followed by several more explosions.