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  • dgsen1a dgsen1a Apr 1, 2012 3:13 PM Flag

    Triumph sets sail after being 'arrested'

    Triumph sets sail after being 'arrested' at the port
    By Laura Elder
    The Daily News
    Published March 31, 2012

    GALVESTON — The Carnival cruise liner Triumph was delayed only about 45 minutes Saturday after being "arrested" at the docks as part of a federal law suit.

    Officials with Florida-based Carnival Cruise Lines worked most of the day to ensure the 2,758-passenger vessel Carnival Triumph would sail from Galveston today, after it had been detained at the dock Saturday as part of a lawsuit filed Friday.

    "The litigation in question relates to a matter that involved a European-based cruise line that is a sister line to Carnival Cruise Lines," the company said in a statement.

    "We are optimistic that the issues regarding the Carnival Triumph will be resolved and the ship will depart on its scheduled voyage later today."

    A federal judge Friday ordered the cruise ship held in Galveston as part a $10 million lawsuit filed by the family of a German tourist who died aboard the Costa Concordia shipwreck off the Italian coast, according to Bloomberg news service.

    The Triumph apparently was ordered held because it is home-ported in Galveston, which is in the U.S. District Court system's Southern District of Texas. It was not clear why the litigation was filed in Texas rather than in some other federal district.

    “The court finds that the conditions for an attachment of defendants’ joint and collective property within this district, mainly the MS Carnival Triumph, appear to exist upon an admiralty and maritime claim,” U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner of Galveston said in the warrant, Bloomberg reports.

    The Carnival Triumph would be allowed to unload passengers and cargo and move between berths within the port until a “prompt hearing” can be scheduled, at which “the plaintiff shall be required to show why the attachment and garnishment should not be vacated,” according to the order, Bloomberg reports.

    The Triumph sailed today for a five-day cruise to Yucatan and Cozumel, according to a Carnival website.

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