Queen Mary 2 Has Brief Propulsion Failure After Fire

Queen Mary 2
Photo By: Ian Barbour (Creative Commons)

Queen Mary 2 which is a cruise ship operated by British based Cunard Line briefly lost propulsion power after an engine room fire. The fire which was successfully extinguished by the ship’s crew caused one of the propulsion pods to fail. As a result the ship was without propulsion power.

At the time the minor fire broke out on the 150,000 gross ton ocean liner it was just off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal. Queen Mary 2 was sailing towards Vigo on the Spanish west coast. Thankfully there were no crew or passengers injured and the arrival into Vigo was only slightly delayed.

Queen Mary 2 is coming to the end of a 12 Night Canary Islands cruise which is scheduled back in Southampton, UK on December 15. The ship is also scheduled for a major multi million pound refurbishment at the May 27 to June 21, 2016 at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.

The ship can carry 2,640 passengers at double occupancy and when first entered service in 20114 was the largest cruise ship in the world. The vessel’s next voyage will depart Southampton on December 15 for a transatlantic crossing to New York.

More Follows…