Panama is to conduct the investigation of the fire that occurred in an engine room of the Carnival Splendor on November 8 while cruising in the Pacific Ocean about 150 nautical miles south of San Diego. The ship was carrying 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crewmembers.
It is understood that Aux engine #5 exploded which was positioned underneath Main High Voltage Switchboard.
Since the majority of passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor were citizens of the United States, the US Coast Guard requested to join the investigation, and Panama consented.
The Coast Guard requested that the National Transportation Safety Board provide them with technical assistance. The NTSB and Coast Guard frequently work together on marine accident investigations, and the NTSB responded by providing two experts to assist the Coast Guard in their involvement in Panama’s investigation.
All information on the progress of the investigation will be released by the Panama Maritime Authority.