Statement on Queen Mary 2
January 18, 2006
Queen Mary 2 is currently at berth in Port Everglades while a technical assessment is carried out of the damage caused to one of the vessel’s four pods when the ship came into contact with the side of the underwater channel upon departure from Fort Lauderdale yesterday.
The damaged pod is located on the port side of the ship. It does not control the maneuverability of the ship, but rather the speed at which it can sail. This damaged pod will be taken out of commission for the time being, until permanent repairs can be made. In the meantime, Queen Mary 2 has three other pods that will enable her to safely continue on her voyage. We would like to stress that the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority and having one less pod does not compromise safety. An inoperable pod will affect the speed of the ship, however, we do not expect the impact of speed on the ship’s future itineraries to be material. Although, of course, due to the delayed departure from Fort Lauderdale, the itinerary’s first leg which ends in Rio on January 27 will be affected. Details of a revised itinerary and passenger compensation will be communicated before the ship sails.
Having spent last night onboard Queen Mary 2 while the ship was at berth, many of the ship’s 2,543 passengers are ashore today enjoying tours of Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area. They have been asked to be back onboard Queen Mary 2 by 5:30 pm in order to prepare for sailing. We have previously said the ship is scheduled to depart at 6 pm today, but we will have a more firm time as our assessment progresses.
Fort Lauderdale was the second port on Queen Mary 2’s 38-day sailing around South America. The ship departed New York on January 15, and will arrive in Los Angeles on February 22.