Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Faulty Propulsion System

In August 2003, Celebrity Cruises filed a $300 million lawsuit against Rolls-Royce and Alstom Power Conversion in Florida state court. The lawsuit alleged the Rolls-Royce and Alstom Power Conversion pod propulsion system, which goes by the brand name Mermaid, failed repeatedly, resulting in cancelled cruises, unexpected repairs and thousands of disappointed guests. In financial filings, Celebrity Cruises disclosed that it settled with Alstom in January 2006 for $38 million, and that “during 2010, we recorded a one-time gain of approximately $89.0 million, net of costs and payments to insurers, related to the settlement of our case against Rolls Royce.”

Misconduct Type
Poor Contract Performance
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Rolls-Royce PLC Unknown
Further Information Released
Royal Caribbean 10K (p. 49 of 114) 2/24/2011
Royal Caribbean 8K (p. 3 of 12) 5/9/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database