Faulty Equipment Caused Alabama Cruise Ship Breakaway

February 7, 2014

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says faulty pieces of equipment used to secure ships to docks led to a Carnival cruise ship breaking free before hitting two other vessels during a windstorm.

The report says the April 3 accident caused about $2.7 million damage to the Carnival Triumph and $203,000 damage to two other vessels at the BAE Systems shipyard. A dock worker also drowned when he was thrown into the water.

In a statement Tuesday, BAE Systems officials say they’re sending information to the NTSB that wasn’t available during the fact-finding phase of its investigation. They want to try having the agency reconsider listing faulty bollards as the probable cause.

The Triumph was undergoing repairs in Mobile after being stranded at sea for five days.

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