Carnival Triumph To Finish Repairs At Cruise Terminal

Carnival Triumph To Finish Repairs At Cruise Terminal

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MOBILE, Ala. -

It's been 13 days since the Carnival Triumph has been docked at the Alabama Cruise Terminal.

Crew members onboard the Triumph are seen hosing down the outside of the ship, clothes hang to dry in the wind, as contractors from up to 23 companies continue their work.

"They've got a lot of stuff on the dock and they are also using our warehouse as a storage area," said Sheila Garganas, the director of the cruise terminal.

After a failed attempt to return the ship back to BAE last week, Garganas, says Carnival has no intentions on moving the ship again - until engine repairs are complete. That means, BAE workers will travel to the Alabama Cruise Terminal to finish repairs.

"They told me it would be here another 3 weeks. If you add that up, you are looking at 30 days of lay-berth rate. So I can say roughly, without hesitation, that the city will make about 100 thousand dollars," said Garganas.

She says the estimate for the final total could be more or less. Since there are no passengers onboard the ship, Carnival will be billed at a lay-berth or working rate. That's nowhere near the daily charge of almost 75 thousand dollars when they first limped into Mobile's port.

Also starting today, contractors will be charged a parking fee of 5 dollars for every 12 hours and will be given a parking pass. As for the 800 crew members onboard the ship, staying at the terminal now gives them a chance to venture out into the city.

"Carnival has set up passenger buses for them. The city is getting an economic boost from that. They are walking into town and they are walking into downtown quite a bit," said Garganas.

Garganas tells me once the repairs are finished, the ship will then set sail to Freeport, Bahamas, where cosmetic detail of the outside and inside of the ship will be repaired.

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