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U.S. Coast Guard, NTSB launch investigation on the Carnival Triumph engine fire

The Carnival Triumph experienced an engine room fire while on a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation Tuesdayinto thecircumstances surroundinga fireaboard the Carnival Triumph, that ocurred Sunday. The Carnival Triumph experienced an engine room fire while on a four-day cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, and has been without propulsion in the Gulf of Mexico since. The ship's automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was extinguished.No injuries to guests or crew members were reported in connection to the fire.The ship is expected to arrive in Mobile, Ala., Thursday evening.Because the Carnival Triumph is a Bahamian flagged vessel, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigative agency. In accordance with international guidelines, the U.S. will participate in this investigation as a Marine Safety Investigative State.The U.S. team is expected to arrive in Mobile Wednesday. Results of the investigation will be released to the public once the investigation by the Bahamas Maritime Authority is complete. The purpose of the investigation is to identify causal and contributing factors that led to the incident. Additionally both the crew response and effectiveness of fire fighting systems will be evaluated to ...

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NTSB makes ferry safety recommendations

Incident investigation The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently concluded that the probable cause of a loss of propulsion control of a Staten Island Ferry two years ago was the failure of a solenoid. The accident involving the Andrew J. Barberi resulted in the ferry alliding with a pier, injuring three passengers seriously and another 47 passengers and crew reporting minor injuries. The damage to the vessel and terminal was more than $182,000.In the wake of its investigation into the accident, the NTSB has now made several safety recommendations in a recent letter to U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp.

One is the requirement is that newly built U.S.-flag passenger vessels with controllable pitch propulsion, including cycloidal propulsion, should be equipped with alarms that audibly and visually alert the operator to deviations between the operator's propulsion and steering commands and the actual propeller response.NTSB also says that "where technically feasible," these same systems should be retrofitted on existing U.S.-flag passenger vessels.

NTSB would also like the Coast Guard to require all U.S.-flag passenger vessel operators to implement safety management systems, taking into account the characteristics, methods of operation, and nature of service of these vessels, and, with respect to ferries, ...

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