The U.S. Coast Guard released preliminary findings in mid-February that the engine room fire that crippled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by a leak in the fuel line.
A flexible hose attached to a fuel line leaked onto a hot surface, sparking flames. Crew members quickly contained the fire, but it is not clear why the ship lost total power and why it was disabled for four days and had to be towed back to port.
U.S. participation in the inquiry is expected to last six months. As the cruise ship has a Bahamas’ flag, the Bahamian government is heading the investigation.