Barge Explosions Delay Carnival Repairs

Barge Explosions Delay Carnival Repairs

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The barge explosions are the latest in a string of blows to affect the Carnival Triumph.

From being stranded for 4 days in the Gulf of Mexico, to being pulled by tug boats into Mobile Bay. You can't help but agree that the Carnival Triumph has had its share of misfortune.

"I just think they need to hurry up and get it out of Mobile," said Brittany Norris.

Then, while being repaired at BAE Ship Systems earlier this month, heavy winds forced it to break away from its dock and head straight for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers dredge ship. It too was being repaired. Two BAE shipyard workers were thrown into the water. Buster Johnson lost his life.

Next, there's Wednesday night's explosions that happened, just yards across the river. Seven explosions ignited on two barges at Mobile Fuel Systems, near Austal.

"It was a loud noise and people was like what's happening. I was actually on Dauphin Street and all the power went out," said Clay Dunn.

We can't confirm if any damage was done to the ship, but do know all one thousand people onboard were evacuated.

"We had a couple of delays, this was a delay. They lost a whole night of work, and they work 24/7. We walked all of them to the Civic Center with police cars surrounding them, and they walked through the front door and went to the arena area and that's where they were all night," said Sheila Garganas the Cruise Terminal Director.

The Cruise Terminal Director tells me she worked with Mayor Sam Jones and EMA officials to quickly coordinate the move. The Salvation Army provided blankets, food and drinks. Garganas says she got the call around 7 o'clock Thursday morning, giving the okay for people to return to ship. I caught workers walking back, checking in with security and boarding again. All with hopes to reach their short term goal of getting the Triumph's engines up and running.

Garganas also tells me Carnival's ultimate goal was to have the engine repaired and ready for sail by April 30th. That's just 5 days away. But with the delays, odds are their second goal of May 12th through the 14th, may be more attainable. Then it will sail to its next destination of Freeport, Bahamas.

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