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« on: January 18, 2006, 12:33:39 pm »

traced following news (Jan. 17,2006)in  a German shipping forum  which is said to be an official announcement from the US Coast Guards:

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Approximately 5:30 p.m., the Captain of the Queen Mary 2 reported to the Coast Guard the ship had experienced a noise and unusual vibration in the engine room at approximately 1:50 p.m. five miles outside of the Port of Everglades and had reason to believe they may have struck a submerged object.
According to a statement released by Princess Cruises, bridge instruments indicated a problem with one of the ship’s four propulsion motors.
A Captain of the Port Order was issued by the Coast Guard requiring the Queen Mary 2 to use tug-boats to assist in returning to port.
The vessel will be required to remain at the pier until the Coast Guard determines if the vessels and its passengers are safe. There have been no reports of injury or pollution as this time. The cause of the noise and vibration are not known at this time.
The Coast Guard will be working with the ships crew and flag state officials. The Queen Mary 2 is a United Kingdom flagged vessel.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2006, 05:11:29 pm »

According to the BBC news at mid-day today, the ship seems to have damaged a propeller.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2006, 06:17:42 pm »

... if a propeller is damaged, assume she must be drydocking. Is there any yard close by that could handle this big ship ?
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006, 04:14:40 pm »

As reported in bbc news progammes etc. propellor is damaged causing QM2 to continue her journey to South America. Where she will be repaired I do not know.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2006, 12:04:57 pm »

QM2: Repairs in Hamburg


QM2 will call at Blohm & Voss Shiprepair of Hamburg twice this year view unexpected repairs. Reason is the damage to one of the four “mermaid pods” while leaving Port Everglades some weeks ago.                             .
Damaged unit will be dismantled while drydocking in May and reinstalled during second stay in November. It is reported that even with three mermaid pods only she is still able to run 25 knots without any restriction in manoeuvrebility.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2006, 03:37:35 pm »

Hi Klaus
Do you know when in May QM2 will be in Hamburg?
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2006, 03:58:07 pm »

Hi , QM2 wil arrive in Hamburg on May 6th, 2200 hours. ETS is on May 10th. From and to Southampton.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2006, 05:58:48 pm »

Hi Manfred
Thanks for information. I'll tryand find out if
the meeting of both QE2 and QM2 will still take place in Barcelona on 13th May 2006!
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2006, 06:58:14 pm »

hi Glencairn,
hi Manfred,

I remebember a written notice somewhere (but where ??) that
the voyage into the Mediterranean Sea was cancelled by short notice. Hope, I am right.  
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2006, 07:11:10 pm »

Hi, according to Cunard the Mediterranean cruise which should have started the 11th of May from Southampton is cancelled, instead it will be a 5 day trip to the fjords to get her back into schedule. So it doesn`t look too good for the meeting in Spain.
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2006, 07:18:43 am »

Hi.

First of all sorry for responding so lately to this topic, but I did learn some information about this incident recently. Apparently the propeller of one of the pods struck bottom or a submerged object. The QM2's propellers are stainless steel instead of bronze and don't flex very much on impact, thus causing the whole propeller shaft with rotor and bearings to be pushed up at least a few centimeters. This caused massive damage to both bearings and of course to the propulsion motor itself, which is according to my sources "melted"... I have no further information, but I would imagine that the propeller shaft seals have been misaligned leading to ingress of water into the pod.

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