The sunken liner Carnival Triumph sank in 1985.
It left behind 1,711 people dead and more than 300,000 injured.
Many of those who survived the disaster were left without their families and livelihoods.
For a while, it looked like Cruise Line, the shipbuilder and operator of Carnival Triumph, was about to go out of business.
In February 2019, Carnival announced it was selling the vessel for $8.9 billion to the private equity firm of KKR, a deal that will be finalized later this year.
That means Cruise Line will be shutting down its sunken vessels, and that’s going to have a huge impact on the lives of those affected by the tragedy.
In a post titled “Why are you sinking a ship?” published on The Atlantic, a Carnival spokesperson said that the ship was “built to withstand the harsh waters and storms that the cruise industry experiences, and the ship will be preserved to the highest standard.”
Carnival’s spokesperson, however, went on to note that the vessel “will not be subject to the [cruise] industry’s standard operating procedures.”
In other words, there are no standard operating protocols on how a sunkened ship should be operated, as Cruise Line didn’t set those standards for its sinking vessel.
The sunken Carnival Triumph was built in the early 1930s, but the hull was only slightly thicker than modern boats today.
“This is not a normal sinking, it’s a very special kind of sinking,” the spokesperson said.
“A ship with no engine is still a ship.
And the difference in strength is the difference between being able to get to a destination and being able the next day to do that.
So you don’t want a ship that’s too heavy, or you want a vessel that’s over 100 years old.”
Celestron Cruises website The spokesperson also noted that the company’s operations have “always been robust and robustly staffed, and our crew has been well trained to maintain and maintain safe and responsible operations.”
Carniero Cruises is also moving to sell its sunkened Carnival Triumph for $9.8 billion to a private equity group.
The new sale of Carnival’s sinking vessel is expected to close by the end of 2019, but it will take a while for that to happen.
In fact, there’s still a lot of time for Carnival to salvage the sunken vessel before it goes to auction.
Carmen’s CEO, Tom Loughran, is reportedly still considering selling the sinking vessel to KKR for $10.8 million.
In 2017, Carnival said it planned to take on another $4.5 million in debt to pay for the vessel’s decommissioning, which could mean that the sunkenships could be sold to private investors in the near future.
Even though the sinking ship is expected be sold off, the sinking itself will be remembered.
Many of the victims of the Titanic are still waiting for the day that the wreck is finally brought to justice.
But for now, the people of South Florida and the people who were injured by the sinking will forever be left with the memories of what happened on the sinking Carnival Triumph.