Carnival Sunshine came to the aid of a cargo ship on Wednesday. The small vessel was distressed after suffering from several issues.
Carnival Sunshine to the Rescue!
On early Wednesday morning, the Carnival Sunshine which is operated by Carnival Cruise Line came to the aid of the Tropic Scout cargo ship. The ship was in distress with seven people onboard. After bad weather, the ship had listed, this was due to the cargo onboard moving. The listing caused an engine issue and the ship to lose its lifeboats.
Carnival Sunshine Captain Lorenzo Calogero, said:
“Any time we receive a distress call, it is our duty as seafarers to assist.”
“We were glad that we were nearby so that we could help.”
The Carnival Sunshine was sailing towards the cruise line’s private destination of Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic at the time. When the distress call was picked up the ship diverted off course to provide assistance.
The people did stay onboard the stranded Tropic Scout and the Carnival ship began to escort the distressed vessel to Grand Turk which is located in the Turks and Caicos. By 10:00 AM those onboard had managed to reduce the list and fix the engine issues. This meant the Carnival Sunshine could head back on course for Amber Cove. There were no injuries on the Tropic Scout.
Carnival Sunshine is on a 5-night eastern Caribbean sailing which departed Port Canaveral, Florida on February 10. The ship was originally scheduled to arrive at Amber Cove at around 10:30 AM but due to aiding the cargo ship the arrival into Amber Cove was delayed. As a result, guests have been able to enjoy a stay there until the extended time of 6:00 PM.
Carnival Sunshine will also be calling at Grand Turk on February 13 and then will arrive back to its homeport on February 15. The ship is 102,800 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 3,000. Tropic Scout was built in 1981 and is just 494 tons.