MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Saturday, the Carnival Triumph is still docked at the Alabama Cruise terminal and it's racking up a tab.
FOX10 News is looking into how much the city is getting to hold the ship and how much the Triumph has cost taxpayers across the board, an amount one senator said is too much.
The troubled Triumph
From its crippling engine fire in February to its unforeseen departure from BAE Systems Shipyard this month the Triumph is becoming a costly vessel.
The ship is still at the Alabama Cruise Terminal and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones says it's constantly incurring charges.
"They are actually charging a wharfage and dockage fee to Carnival by the day. So, I think they said yesterday it averages about 8 to 10 thousand dollars a day," said Jones.
If that's the case, for the nine days thus far, the city owned terminal has charged roughly $90,000.
That's on top of the $75,000 charged when the Triumph was originally pulled into Mobile after the Valentines Day cruise nightmare. Costs for security and other service reimbursements are also on the tab.
Still, it's a relative drop in the bucket considering the $21 million that the city still owes on the cruise terminal downtown.
And it may make a difference, that is, when the city is paid. Jones says the city hasn't seen a penny, yet.
"I don't think there will be any problem with them paying us," said Jones.
Federal government involved
The Triumph has also been costly to the U.S. Government and Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, wants the Miami-based cruise company to pay up.
In a letter to Carnival Cruise Lines, Rockefeller estimated it cost the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard just under $780,000 to respond to the vessel in February.
"Given that you reportedly pay little or nothing in federal taxes, do you intend to reimburse the coast guard and the navy for the cost of responding?" Rockefeller asked.
Carnival responded, in short, no.
The letter said in part:
"Carnival's policy is to honor maritime tradition that holds that the duty to render assistance at sea to those in need is a universal obligation of the entire maritime community."
Carnival went on to cite events when the cruise line has assisted the U.S. at sea. Rockefeller also made note of several other occasions when the U.S. has aided Carnival.
It's a debate that will certainly continue as will the story surrounding this troubled ship.
A Georgia congressman has said he wants to hold hearing regarding Carnivals handling of the Triumph incident.
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