Carnival Splendor fire onboard - USCG issues report

By Accidents

The USCG released the final report on the investigation into the fire aboard the cruise liner Carnival Splendor, on November 2010.

The cruise ship of Carnival suffered a major mechanical failure in the number 5 diesel generator, resulting in the fire onboard. According to the reported analysis of the event revealed that the installed Hi-Fog system for local protection was activated with delay of 15 minutes after the initial fire started onboard Carnival Splendor. This delay was the result of a bridge watchstander resetting the fire alarm panel on the bridge.

It was a critical error that allowed the fire onboard Carnival Splendor to spread to the overhead cables and eventually cause the loss of power. While the fire on the board of the vessel was eventually extinguished, the failure of the installed CO2 system and the poor execution of the firefighting plan contributed to the ineffectiveness of the crew members' firefighting efforts. There weren't any injuries or fatalities as a result of this accident and the cruise ship safely reached the port of San Diego, California, on 11th of  November, 2010.

As a result of the accident and the initial findings by investigators, the USCG released 2 safety alerts that covered the action, testing and maintenance of CO2 systems onboard the Carnival Splendor. In addition, Carnival Corp. took steps to evaluate fire safety systems, firefighting doctrine and training, and procedures for inspection and testing of installed safety systems. Specifically, Carnival has removed the forty-second time delay from the automatic activation sequence for the Hi-Fog system and has implemented short- and long-term solutions to rectify the problems associated with the activation of the CO2 system.