Carnival Triumph Breaks from Moorings at Mobile, AL, Shipyard

carnival triumphCarnival Triumph broke loose from its moorings at the BAE Shipyard in Mobile, AL, on Wednesday afternoon, according to AL.com and the staff of the Mobile Press-Register.

That media report, which indicates there may be some new damage to the ship, is here:

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/04/carnival_cruise_ship_triumph_b.html#incart_big-photo

In its latest statement issued on Wednesday night, Carnival said:  

"Earlier this afternoon, due to strong winds that reached speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour during a severe storm in Mobile, Ala., Carnival Triumph, which was in wet dock at a Mobile shipyard, broke away from its moorings. The ship drifted, and was secured.

"With the assistance of tugboats on site, the ship has been moved to the Mobile Cruise Terminal. Lines have moored the ship, and, as a precaution, tugboats will remain alongside the vessel as well.

All of the approximately 600 crew and 200 contractors who were onboard the vessel are safe and have been accounted for through a roll call. There are no reports of injuries. While assessment of damage to the ship is ongoing, initial indications suggest the damage is limited.

According to reports, two shipyard employees on an adjacent pier fell into the water. One has reportedly been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and the search continues for the second. Our thoughts and prayers are with the missing shipyard employee and the family."

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