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Carnival plans safety, reliability improvements

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

After a string of high-profile debacles, Carnival Cruise Lines says it's working to upgrade the safety and reliability of its entire 24-ship fleet.

The company said Wednesday that the $300-million project is already underway with a focus on improving passenger safety and comfort "in the rare instance of a shipboard event that involves the loss of main power."

Carnival's president insisted his ships are already safe, but conceded that the fire aboard the Triumph, which left some of the ship's 2,700 passengers without water and sewage service when the ship was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.

A few weeks after the Triumph was towed to Alabama for repairs, the massive Dream suffered a generator failure in St. Maarten, forcing the cruise line to fly passengers back to Florida.  Meanwhile, the Legend was limping back to Tampa on reduced power after skipping a scheduled stop because of engine problems.

A companywide reliability review was already underway at that point.

"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," CEO Gerry Cahill said in a press release announcing the upgrades.

The company said it would focus on increasing emergency generator power, improving the anti-fire systems, and adding redundancies to the engines.

"An additional emergency generator will be installed on each vessel to provide for 100 percent of stateroom and public toilets, fresh water and elevators in the unlikely event of a loss of main power," Carnival said.  "Upon completion of the initial phase, the line will install a second permanent back-up power system on each ship to provide an even greater level of hotel and guest services if main power is lost."

That back-up to the back-up system would be for hotel and guest services, like expanded cooking facilities and cold food storage, as well as internet and phones.

The work is already underway and, according to Carnival, will not affect scheduled itineraries.

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