SAN DIEGO—A small fleet of tugboats towed the Carnival Splendor, which was left dead in the water off the coast of Baja California last week due to a fire, to the B Street Pier to Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Thursday.
The move is being made because the 952-foot cruise ship will require major repairs better accomplished in an industrial facility, according to Carnival Cruise Line, which owns the ship.
Shipyard equipment and staff "are more accessible from the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, which is part of the working waterfront area,' said Joel Valenzuela, director of maritime operations for the port.
"It is the more suitable location for a major repair undertaking such as this,'' Valenzuela said.
There are three major shipyards in the area -- General Dynamics NASSCO, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems -- but they are south of the Coronado Bridge, which has a clearance of 200 feet. The 113,000-ton Splendor is 215 feet tall.
The 2 1/2-mile trip from the B Street Pier to Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal took seveal hours to complete, according to the Port of San Diego.
The cruise line has estimated that the vessel could be stationed at Tenth Avenue for several weeks.