The Cost of Rescue: Why Carnival Shouldn’t Pay and the U.S. Shouldn’t Accept | gCaptain - Maritime & Offshore News
Can They Bill Us?
If a government
can bill Carnival for the costs incurred during a rescue
, can Carnival bill the government
for performing a rescue
for us? In the last ten years, sometimes at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard, Carnival ships were involved in the at-sea rescue of 126 people. Carnival – like almost every other cruise ship
in the world – participates in AMVER – the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System. When called, member
ships drop everything and head
So if the government can charge $17,000 per hour for a Coast Guard 378 foot cutter
, how much can Carnival charge the government for the Carnival Conquest? At 953 feet with 1,150 crew aboard, I’m guessing that it’s a few dollars more than $17,000. Add in the reasonable expense of refunds to the 2,900 passengers for possible lost
port calls and we may find ourselves in a game
we don’t want to play. Make no mistake, when Conquest (as an AMVER participant) pulls migrants off a raft they are spending their money
to support U.S. Coast Guard operations.