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I have the following on very good authority as of 21:00 Oct 5, 2011:

 

A gas carbine in the engine room of the QM2 caught on fire this evening. Cunard staff were given a 90 minute warning in order to prepare to deploy the lifeboats. Guests had their children dropped off and their animals picked up from the kennels.

 

Apparently it is now under control, but people are understandably shaken up. They are currently in extremely rough seas and my source tells me that "things are flying all over the ship". In one instance a copier machine was ripped from its harnass and destroyed into 8 pieces.

 

That's all I know at the moment.

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I have the following on very good authority as of 21:00 Oct 5, 2011:

 

A gas carbine in the engine room of the QM2 caught on fire this evening. Cunard staff were given a 90 minute warning in order to prepare to deploy the lifeboats. Guests had their children dropped off and their animals picked up from the kennels.

 

Apparently it is now under control, but people are understandably shaken up. They are currently in extremely rough seas and my source tells me that "things are flying all over the ship". In one instance a copier machine was ripped from its harnass and destroyed into 8 pieces.

 

That's all I know at the moment.

I Hope that everything is OK with the passengers and with the ship. Regards,Jerry

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I have the following on very good authority as of 21:00 Oct 5, 2011:

 

A gas carbine in the engine room of the QM2 caught on fire this evening. Cunard staff were given a 90 minute warning in order to prepare to deploy the lifeboats. Guests had their children dropped off and their animals picked up from the kennels.

 

Apparently it is now under control, but people are understandably shaken up. They are currently in extremely rough seas and my source tells me that "things are flying all over the ship". In one instance a copier machine was ripped from its harnass and destroyed into 8 pieces.

 

That's all I know at the moment.

Would you please let us know of any updates Regards,Jerry Edited by Cruise Liner Fan

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I have the following on very good authority as of 21:00 Oct 5, 2011:

 

A gas carbine in the engine room of the QM2 caught on fire this evening. Cunard staff were given a 90 minute warning in order to prepare to deploy the lifeboats. Guests had their children dropped off and their animals picked up from the kennels.

 

Apparently it is now under control, but people are understandably shaken up. They are currently in extremely rough seas and my source tells me that "things are flying all over the ship". In one instance a copier machine was ripped from its harnass and destroyed into 8 pieces.

 

That's all I know at the moment.

 

 

I got pretty much the same story earlier today. I am sure it is for real. Did not know about the fire though. I also got it from a staff member that the crew is amazing at handling these types of situations, of which I have no doubt. Just the same, only so much can be done by the extremely well trained, and as I fall asleep tonight will pray for their safety.

 

J

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PARTIAL QUOTE

 

... and as I fall asleep tonight will pray for their safety.

 

J

 

Ditto.

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I checked the webcam today and was shocked at the rough seas all day. Thank heaven all is OK now.

 

Yes, I was watching the webcam earlier today also, after Roy pointed out how rough the sea appeared ...but what is the location of the ship now? If on course, she should be fairly close to shore. The pilot should be boarding within hours, and docking in Redhook shortly thereafter (if I am correct on the itinerary?).

 

Best,

Salacia

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Salacia, you're off by one day. She pulls into NYC early Friday morning.

 

oh dear. that's not good. where is she now?

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Yes, I was watching the webcam earlier today also, after Roy pointed out how rough the sea appeared ...but what is the location of the ship now? If on course, she should be fairly close to shore. The pilot should be boarding within hours, and docking in Redhook shortly thereafter (if I am correct on the itinerary?).

 

Best,

Salacia

Salacia, The QM2 is scheduled to arrive in Red Hook,Brooklyn tomorrow Oct.7th that is not a new schedule and to repeat the QM2 is supposed to and is still scheduled to arrive in Brooklyn tomorrow Oct.7th even before this fire happened.Right now the position of the QM2 should be somewhere between Halifax and Boston. Regards,Jerry Edited by Cruise Liner Fan

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Salacia, The QM2 is scheduled to arrive in Red Hook,Brooklyn tomorrow Oct.7th that is not a new schedule and to repeat the QM2 is supposed to and is still scheduled to arrive in Brooklyn tomorrow Oct.7th even before this fire happened.Right now the position of the QM2 should be somewhere between Halifax and Boston. Regards,Jerry

 

Thanks Jerry. I was mistaken in thinking she was to dock in the early hours of 6 Oct at Redhook Pier (wishfull thinking perhaps). Regards, Salacia

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Salacia, you're off by one day. She pulls into NYC early Friday morning.

 

Underwatr, do you have an approximate location of the ship?

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Salacia and everyone else, What I wrote in my last post the QM2 is supposed to arrive in Brooklyn tomorrow.But now according to the QM2 Bridge cam webpage the present position of the QM2 has her still North of Halifax.Here is the link http://www.cunard.com/Ships/Queen-Mary-2/Bridge-Web-Cam/ and below where the bridge web cam picture is where there is a map of where the QM2 is located.The Blue pin represents the QM2 and the Red pins represents the ports of call that are on her current voyage.And the Blue pin is still located North of Halifax and Halifax which is located in Nova Scotia is the nearest Red pin to The Blue Pin.So either the QM2 arrives in Brooklyn on time or she is delayed by either hours or even by a day.We'll have to wait and see. Regards,Jerry

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Salacia and everyone else, What I wrote in my last post the QM2 is supposed to arrive in Brooklyn tomorrow.But now according to the QM2 Bridge webpage the present position of the QM2 has her still North of Halifax.Here is the link http://www.cunard.com/Ships/Queen-Mary-2/Bridge-Web-Cam/ and below where the bridge web cam picture is where there is a map of where the QM2 is located.The Blue pin represents the QM2 and the red pins represents the ports of call that are on her current voyage.And the Blue pin is still located North of Halifax and Halifax is the nearest Red pin to The Blue Pin.So either the QM2 arrives in Brooklyn on time or she is delayed by either hours or even by a day.We'll have to wait and see. Regards,Jerry

 

 

Jerry, I'm hoping the current webpage map is inaccurate in its current postion of QM2. Regards, Salacia

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Jerry, I'm hoping the current webpage map is inaccurate in its current postion of QM2. Regards, Salacia
Salacia, I agree with you.I also remember reading in a book about the QE2 that in 1976 the QE2 did have a fire in her engine room.Well the fire did not put the QE2 permanently out of service and the QE2 remained in service til 2008 and right now the QE2 is in Dubai and still could sail under her own power.What ever damage if any is done in the QM2 will probably be repaired in her next dry-docking which is next month at a shipyard in Germany. Regards,Jerry Edited by Cruise Liner Fan

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Salacia, I agree with you.I also remember reading in a book about the QE2 that in 1976 the QE2 did have a fire in her engine room.Well the fire did not put the QE2 permanently out of service and the QE2 remained in service til 2008 and right now the QE2 is in Dubai and still could sail under her own power.What ever damage is done in the QM2 will probably be repaired in her next dry-docking which is next month at a shipyard in Germany. Regards,Jerry

 

Jerry, Yes, I'm sure you're right. If memory serves, there was an incident in the engine room on QM2 (was it last year?): No injuries were reported. And she too sailed to the next port under her own power.

 

Main thing is that the ship docks safely. Best wishes to all the passengers and crew on board: safe home.

 

Regards,

Salacia

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Jerry, Yes, I'm sure you're right. If memory serves, there was an incident in the engine room on QM2 (was it last year?): No injuries were reported. And she too sailed to the next port under her own power.

 

Main thing is that the ship docks safely. Best wishes to all the passengers and crew on board: safe home.

 

Regards,

Salacia

Salacia, Last year it was an explosion and not sure if there was a fire at one of the QM2's electrical boards. Regards,Jerry

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That would have been last September 23, 2010 when there was an explosion near one of QM2's main electric switchboard rooms due to a capacitor having failed. Leaking oil sprayed onto high voltage bars, causing a major arc flash event. The explosion blew the steel door to the room out of its frame. The blast also caused serious damage to an adjoining steel door into the main switchboard room, the stiffeners on the bulkhead of the compartment were buckled, and the steel cover plate on a cross-flooding duct was blown out into the main switchboard room.

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Underwatr, do you have an approximate location of the ship?
Salacia: No, just reporting the original schedule (as I'm expecting to board on Friday).

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If she's lost one of her 2 gas turbines, that represents around 20% of the power plant. The only time that all 4 diesel engines and 2 gas turbines would be used simultaneously, would be when max speed is required.

 

Hopefully the damage is limited and there's been no casualties.

 

The remaining engines are capable of producing sufficient power for normal speed, so it's quite possible she will be on time.

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Is "carbine" in the OP a typo for turbine? I ask this because according to what I've read the turbines are not housed deep in the hull with the diesels but in their own room at the base of the funnel.

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Salacia: No, just reporting the original schedule (as I'm expecting to board on Friday).

 

Oh. Friday sailing Transatlantic.

 

I didn't save it to 'favorites', but I seem to remember someone posting a website that tracked ships at sea.

 

Cunard will advise you if there's any delay in your Friday departure, won't they?

 

The local weather forecast for Friday looks really good for your sailaway. Best wishes, Salacia

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I do hope that no one is hurt and that the ship and everyone on board is safe and well.

 

I hope after all that the makes it safe to NYC and over to Southampton, we are due to board on the 16th, we sailed sometime ago on three pods and everything was fine, I am sure QM2 can handle this,

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Oh. Friday sailing Transatlantic.

 

I didn't save it to 'favorites', but I seem to remember someone posting a website that tracked ships at sea.

 

The website is below but does not cover all areas - the map shows you where.

 

 

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

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We're taking Amtrak to New York later this morning (just about given up looking for DW's Transderm Scop patches) so we'd be up there before we get any definitive news about a schedule impact.

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The website is below but does not cover all areas - the map shows you where.

 

 

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

 

Thanks Laktex. I've saved that website to "favorites"...but I'm having a problem figuring out the current general location of QM2. The Cunard website indicates QM2 is currently of the coat of Prince Edward Island.

 

Regarding weather in that area see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2011/10/05/pei-storm-maritimes-584.html

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We're taking Amtrak to New York later this morning (just about given up looking for DW's Transderm Scop patches) so we'd be up there before we get any definitive news about a schedule impact.

 

No notification on your Voyage Personalizer?

 

Enjoy your train ride, safe journey. Are you taking your laptop? -If so, please stay in touch :) Regards, Salacia

 

P.S. Regarding the patch, you'll see several Duane Reade stores in Manhattan... ask if they have it.

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I do hope that no one is hurt and that the ship and everyone on board is safe and well.

 

I hope after all that the makes it safe to NYC and over to Southampton, we are due to board on the 16th, we sailed sometime ago on three pods and everything was fine, I am sure QM2 can handle this,

 

Rob

 

It's not the pods, they are electric motors and are unaffected. It's the power plant producing the electricicles. There still should be plenty of power to run the ship as normal providing there is no collateral damage.

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No notification yet from Cunard about any changes, but since it apparently happened overnight I expect that it's still too early for shoreside to have put together a notification plan. We booked directly through Cunard so they'd be the ones to provide us any TA notification as well.

 

The patch is prescription-only and was filled over a year ago - ah well... She hasn't needed to use it on two cruises including the first on QM2 when we followed a hurricane out of NYC. I have time to run up to Walgreens for some Bonine before leaving (last time I saw ours it was in the same baggie as the patches) and we have ginger candies so probably we'll be fine.

 

QM2 certainly has had some problems on the Quebec City runs. The ship lost power when we were in QC, causing its departure to be delayed 6 hours, which we never were able to make up on our way back to New York. Wasn't the explosion a month or two later on her next Canada cruise, or was that on a Transatantic? I forget...

 

PS: The current weather in that area apparently isn't remnants of a hurricane but related to the frontal system that had made the weather in the northeast US lousy for the past few days. I recall that a couple of over-ocean flights diverted to Boston a couple of days ago with passenger injuries from turbulence...

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I have jusst checked the QM2 Bridge-Cam Webpage and the picture from the QM2's Bridge shows that the QM2 is out at sea.I hope that everything is OK. Regards,Jerry

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It's not supposed to be in port until Friday.

 

Also, I think the indicated location has been inaccurate in the past between ports - I don't hold much value in the current spot on the map.

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Rob

 

It's not the pods, they are electric motors and are unaffected. It's the power plant producing the electricicles. There still should be plenty of power to run the ship as normal providing there is no collateral damage.

 

I know, but for us it was the pods, they ran on 3 instead of 4, I think your right though, they are geared up for this and will sort it, maybe take of the 2 days cruise to france

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I know, but for us it was the pods, they ran on 3 instead of 4, I think your right though, they are geared up for this and will sort it, maybe take of the 2 days cruise to france
Rob6852, Of the time that you were aboard the QM2 in July of 2006 and she ran on only 3 of the 4 pods,that was because in January of 2006 when the QM2 was in the Port of Fort Lauderdale,Florida one of the 2 fixed pods hit something and became damaged.That damaged pod was not repaired or replaced until late 2006. Regards,Jerry

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I am thinking that it is weird that it is now around 12 hours after this incident happened and no passenger who is aboard the QM2 has so far not let us know of any updates.Is it possible that maybe Cunard does not want any more news of this incident going out over to messageboards like this one and has turned off the internet service aboard the QM2? And by the way there is no Gas Carbine aboard the QM2.The person who reported this scary incident should have wrote that the fire was in the Gas Turbine Engine Room which is located on the top deck of the QM2 at the base of the funnel. Regards,Jerry

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I am thinking that it is weird that it is now around 12 hours after this incident happened and no passenger who is aboard the QM2 has so far not let us know of any updates.Is it possible that maybe Cunard does not want any more news of this incident going out over to messageboards like this one and has turned off the internet service aboard the QM2? And by the way there is no Gas Carbine aboard the QM2.The person who reported this scary incident should have wrote that the fire was in the Gas Turbine Engine Room which is located at the top deck of the QM2 at the base of the funnel. Regards,Jerry

There is a nor'easter in that area as of yesterday--a slow moving storm. They cancelled the ferries going from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, so it surprises me that the captain chose to head on through it. Were they coming from Quebec City?

 

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111005/atlantic-canada-storm-system-111005/

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There is a nor'easter in that area as of yesterday--a slow moving storm. They cancelled the ferries going from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, so it surprises me that the captain chose to head on through it. Were they coming from Quebec City?

 

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111005/atlantic-canada-storm-system-111005/

Yes the QM2 sailed from Quebec City 2 days ago October 4th.The QM2 since she is an Ocean Liner is designed to sail through bad storms like this one. Regards,Jerry

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I am glad there have been no reports of injuries so far. I hope that doesn't change.

 

Let us further hope that the sailing schedule is not disrupted, esp the remaining TAs until the refit.

I hope that a pair or more crossings aren't cancelled because she has to go into re-fit early, sailing empty from New York.

 

I am due to board for the two-nighter next Friday 14th, obviously not the end of the world if it were postponed (but could they do serious work on her in Southampton in three days at the QEII terminal?).

 

Safety of crew and passengers comes first. I hope the next news we hear is good news.

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