It’s been a while since our firm reported on any major cruise ship fires. This year has been seen more fires than others, starting with the unforgettable Carnival Triumph accident, which left the vessel filled with over 3,000 people stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. The fire started in the engine room, and wiped out the power on the ship. Luckily, no one sustained injuries, but the victims were all forced to endure horrifically unsanitary conditions until the ship was towed to shore.
Several fires have followed the Triumph accident, and now this week, our maritime attorneys have learned about a serious incident involving a Majestic International vessel. The MV Ocean Countess, formerly the Cunard Countess, caught fire this weekend for unknown reasons near Greece. Ironically, the ship had been in dry doc k for quite some time and was supposed to return to service next year, but it’s highly unlikely that the ship will set sail again anytime soon – if ever.