New Orleans Tugboat Accident Causes Cruise Ship To Alter Its Course

The Carnival Conquest, a 3,000-passenger Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship, was diverted to Mobile, Alabama last month because of a tugboat accident that prevented it from reaching its intended destination, New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the Cruise Critic, the 48-foot tugboat capsized and sank in the Mississippi River near Venice, Louisiana, forcing the U.S. Coast Guard to close a ten-mile stretch of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans.

“Yesterday evening we were advised of the closure of the Mississippi River as a result of a sunken vessel which the U.S. Coast Guard was working to locate to determine if it posed a hazard for other vessels transiting the river,” read a statement released by Carnival Cruise Lines. “We were advised to expect another update at midday today. Given the uncertainty as to when the river may re-open and the approximate nine hour transit time required from the mouth of the river to New Orleans, it was decided last night to divert the ship to Mobile to ensure we are able to get our guests home as quickly as possible.”

For the passengers, the diversion is an incovenience to them.  With all the incidence in the media lately regarding power outages, equipment failure, it is important that passengers rights are protected through regulations and through the  Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights.

The Boston maritime attorneys at Latti & Anderson, LLP have the experience and expertise to recognize all types of maritime rights violations, even ones that might otherwise be overlooked. With a long line of successful verdicts and settlements under their belts, our Jones Act lawyers have what it takes to get you the justice and compensation you deserve if you or a loved one sustained a cruise ship injury. For more information or to discuss your case, contact us today at (800) 392-6072 for a free consultation.

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