The descriptor "floating Petri dish" for cruise vessels can be quite accurate. It's a small world wherein thousands of people are in very close proximity for a week or more. A single sick passenger can infect hundreds and some pathogens are particularly hard to kill. With communal pools, onboard casinos and handrails everywhere, the possibility of catching a contagion can run high.
An investigation into a cruise ship accident that occurred in June 2016 has faulted the three navigators in the crew for failing to "properly plan, monitor, and execute" a safe docking in "windy and choppy waters."
We have talked about the incredible dangers that are present at shipyards in the past. The sheer force of many of the heavy objects that can be found at a shipyard can amputate limbs, deal people serious, life-changing injuries, or even kill people. Shipyards are dangerous places, but they are still important and vital to maritime activities.
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about the recreational boat accident rate in the state of Florida. It appears that the numbers are stabilizing, and that's a good thing. However, this does not mean that boat accidents are magically better, or that there is nothing to worry about. There are still plenty of people who are suffering serious injuries every day because of a boating accident.
Another day, and another cruise ship story that involves a breakdown of a critical vessel in the Carnival fleet. Today's story is from Mobile, Alabama, where the Carnival Triumph is begin held for a short amount of time as it receives repairs. The Carnival Triumph was returning to New Orleans from Mexico, but as it returned home it encountered engine issues. It was unable to maintain maximum cruising speed, so it docked at the Mobile port for repairs.