MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile, Alabama once again played the role of 'rescue port' to a Carnival cruise ship. This time, thankfully, there was no problem with the ship.
A tugboat accident near a busy New Orleans shipping channel closed access to numerous ships, including the Carnival Conquest.
It's a call which the city is no stranger to. In February 2013, the Carnival Triumph limped into the Port of Mobile, docking at the Alabama Cruise Terminal after several days stranded at sea.
City officials and the cruise terminal manager acted quickly when the call for help came in, sometime early Sunday morning.
"They asked if we could take the Conquest. I said, 'If you can get in we'll be glad to take it,'" said Sheila Gurganus, Alabama Cruise Terminal manager.
"We got the police department and everybody we could to help," said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.
The Coast Guard updated the situation in New Orleans earlier in the day.
"It's closed until the Coast Guard can determine that the river is safe for transit or they can uncover the tug," said USCG Petty Officer Carlos Vega, stationed in New Orleans.
Mobile's former cruise ship, the Carnival Elation, is scheduled to arrive in New Orleans Monday morning and depart again the same day.
"The river may open again sometime this (Sunday) evening," said Vega.
The city does get a little money from Carnival's latest temporary stay, just as it did when the Carnival Triumph was moored.
"You'll notice every time Carnival has had a problem they've always depended on Mobile," said Gurganus.
Carnival officials said the Conquest is scheduled to depart Mobile Monday, July 8 at 4 p.m.
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