MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Nine days after it snapped from its moorings and collided with an Army Corps ship, the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph was on its way back to the BAE Systems shipyard. However, it seems the ship is being towed right back to the terminal.
The U.S. Coast Guard told FOX10 News it was because of a dispute between Carnival and BAE Systems. Neither company has commented on whether there is a dispute or not.
Vance Gullikson with BAE sent FOX10 News an email that read in part: "We did try to go to BAE today but weather issues prevented us from getting there and we had to turn around and head back to the cruise terminal and the repair work is continuing. We are docked in the opposite direction as before."
Cruise Terminal General Manager Sheila Gurganus said she was more than happy to have the ship back.
"They had, before they left, had asked me if it was a possibility, if it was not a good spot, could they come back here. And I had told them, 'Yes,' we were open and available if it was needed," Gurganus said.
Neither company would comment on the dispute.
Carnival said the ship will eventually be moved to Freeport in the Bahamas to finalize the repairs. That move will not be in the short-term, however.
The ship broke loose from its moorings Wednesday, April 3 and made its way across the Mobile River.
Two BAE employees were knocked into the river when the ship hit a dock. One was rescued and treated for mild hypothermia.
The second employee, John "Buster" Johnson, had been missing since that day. On Friday, April 12 , his body was recovered.
After the ship came to rest across the river, it was towed to the Alabama Cruise Terminal.
The U.S. Coast Guard is in charge of the investigation into the ship's accident.
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