PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: Carnival Cruise Lines knew about the risk of leaks from engine fuel hoses on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph that later caught on fire at sea, according to court documents.
RECOMMENDATIONS MADE: A compliance notice report sent to the Triumph one month before it departed Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 7 recommended spray shields be installed on engines' flexible fuel hoses. The documents are part of a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines and its parent Carnival Corp. on behalf of dozens of the Triumph's passengers.
VACATION NIGHTMARE: A leak from a hose on engine No. 6 led to a fire early on Feb. 10 as the ship returned from a stop in Cozumel, Mexico. No one was injured, but the fire disabled the ship. More than 4,000 people aboard endured a nightmarish tow to Mobile, Ala., that the plaintiffs' attorney called a "floating hell."