MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Carnival Corporation filed suit against BAE Systems in Mobile, claiming "defective and deteriorated" equipment allowed the Carnival Triumph to break free during a storm.
A federal lawsuit, filed June 13, 2013 in Mobile, demands more than $12,600,000 in damages.
The suit claims that at the time of the incident on April 3, 2013, the Triumph was moored at BAE's shipyard undergoing major repairs following the engine room fired that forced the ship to be towed to Mobile for repairs. The suit alleges,"the Triumph was moored with its port side along Pier K and its bow facing towards the Mobile River. Numerous mooring lines were in use at both the forward and aft ends of the ship. These lines were tied to the available mooring bollards on the pier, four bollards at the forward end and four bollards at the aft end. The Triumph was undergoing significant repairs and was completely dependent on shore power and other services provided by BAE, as neither the main nor emergency generators on the ship was functional."
The suit continues that, "At about 1:30 pm, during a rainstorm, four of the bollards on Pier K to which the mooring lines of the Ttriumph were tied failed and broke free from the pier, three at the aft end and one at the forward end. This in turn placed increased load on the remaining mooring lines and compromised the integrity of the entire mooring arrangement, causing the Triumph to break free from the pier."
"As it pulled away from the pier, the shore supply lines broke, including the power supply, causing a complete blackout onboard. Due to the incomplete status of the repairs at the time of the bollard failures, the Triumph was unable to use its propulsion, thrusters, or other shipboard systems to attempt to control the vessel," it continues.
"Before the Triumph could be completely brought under control, it drifted into and across the Mobile River. The starboard side of the Triumph made contact with several structures and vessels, resulting in property damage and personal injury. The Triumph also incurred significant damage as a result of the incident. The Triumph was towed to the Mobile Alabama Cruise Ship Terminal, where it was forced to remain through the completion of repairs," according to the lawsuit.
Carnival alleges, "The failure of BAE's mooring bollards directly and proximately caused the Triumph to break from its moorings. Unknown to Carnival, the bollards and their fasteners were outdated, severely deteriorated, defective, and unsuitable for mooring the Triumph. The defective and deteriorated bollard bolts constitute a hidden danger that was not visually apparent."
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