Carnival: No reimbursement to US for disabled ship

Published On: Apr 12 2013 06:43:46 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2013 07:09:52 PM EDT

Michael Humphrey/CNN

The Carnival Triumph cruise ship docks at the port of Mobile, Alabama, February 14, 2013. The 893-foot (272 meter) vessel, now notorious for reports of raw sewage from overflowing toilets, has been without propulsion and running on emergency generator power since Sunday, when an engine room fire left it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Carnival Corp. is indicating it will not reimburse the U.S. government for hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to rescue its disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

Carnival told U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia in a recent letter that maritime tradition is to render assistance to anyone in need. Rockefeller asked Carnival if it would reimburse the Coast Guard nearly $780,000 in costs to respond to the Carnival Triumph when it lost power in February after an engine fire.

Thousands of passengers were stranded for five days in squalid conditions while the Triumph was towed to Alabama for repairs.

Carnival told Rockefeller that its ships are frequently called upon to help other damaged vessels or with rescues at sea.

Rockefeller is calling the response shameful.

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