£200m safety investment for Carnival

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Carnival Cruise Lines has confirmed a £200 million investment programme to improve power supply and safety its 24 ships, following incidents in which passengers were left without power and with limited bathroom facilities.
Every ship will have an additional emergency generator installed to ensure that 100 per cent of cabin and public toilets, fresh water supply and lifts will continue to operate in the “unlikely event” of a loss of main power.
Once the initial phase is complete, the company will instal a second permanent back-up power system on each ship to provide an even greater level of hotel and guest services including cooking facilities, refrigeration, and internet and telephone communications.
New fire prevention, detection and suppression systems will be intalled, following the engine room fires which led to power failures on Carnival Triumph earlier this year and Carnival Splendor in 2010.
Carnival Sunshine, currently in dry dock in Trieste for a major overhaul, will be one of the fleet’s first ships to receive all the enhancements.
Gerry Cahill, president and chief executive, said: “All of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships operate safely today. Each vessel already has effective systems in place to prevent, detect and respond to emergency situations, and we meet or exceed all regulatory requirements.
“However, by applying lessons learned through our fleet-wide operational review after the Carnival Triumph fire and by taking advantage of new technologies, we have identified areas for enhancement across our operations. These initiatives reflect our commitment to safe and reliable operations and an enjoyable cruising experience for the nearly 4.5 million guests who sail with Carnival Cruise Lines each year.
“Every ship in our fleet currently has emergency back-up power which is designed to enable the continuous operation of safety equipment and some hotel services, [but] it is our intent to significantly bolster that back-up power to support the core hotel services.
“With this improvement, we will better ensure guest comfort in the rare instance of a loss of main power,” Cahill added.

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