When asked if it intends to reimburse the government for the $779,914 it cost to rescue the Carnival Triumph, a cruise-line executive says it will not.
The exchange came in letters last month between West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller and James Hunn, Carnival’s senior vice president for corporate maritime policy, and was reported Friday by George Talbot of al.com.
The Triumph returned to Mobile, Ala., on Feb 14 after spending five days at sea without power because of an engine room fire.
Carnival said its policy is to honor maritime tradition that says it is a universal obligation to give assistance at sea. Rockefeller was not happy.
The Navy and Coast Guard also spent $3.4 million responding to a problem with the Carnival Splendor in 2010. Meanwhile, Hunn said the Carnival Breeze assisted the Coast Guard on March 25 with the evacuation of boaters who became ill off the Florida Coast.