'Queen Victoria' to LWB with pod damage

15 Sep 2012
Queen Victoria at B&V in 2010. Now it’s the

Queen Victoria at B&V in 2010. Now it’s the turn of LWB.

Cunard-operated, 90,000gt Queen Victoria is to undergo an unscheduled dry-docking at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven in October for “essential maintenance work” related to bearing problems in one of her ABB Azipod propulsion units, writes Tom Todd.

Lloyd Werft MD Rüdiger Pallentin told The Motorship the Carnival-owned ship had been booked in at the German yard but gave no technical details. Cunard spokeswoman Gill Haynes however told The Motorship: “The work being done concerns one of the bearings on one of the ship’s pods." That partially confirmed earlier reports in the German media about bearings damage in one of the ship’s two 16.7MW, stern-mounted Azipods.

Cunard said, without elaboration: “It has become apparent that we need to undertake some essential maintenance work on one of Queen Victoria’s propulsion units." The problems have forced Cunard to operate the ship, capable of 23.7 knots, at lower speeds, reportedly around 16 knots according to the German reports.

“Although there are no safety issues relating to this maintenance, it does preclude us from achieving the speeds required to deliver our voyage itineraries and therefore it will be necessary to take the ship out of service for a short period”, added Cunard. MD Peter Shanks said: “It is very important that we undertake this essential maintenance at the earliest opportunity."

Cunard said it was cancelling a 16 night ‘Adriatic Adventure’ cruise due to start on 3rd October 2012 because of the yard visit. The liner is expected to return to service for a Caribbean cruise starting 19th October 2012.

Queen Victoria was last in a German shipyard in 2010 when she was dry-docked at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg for work including propulsion plant overhaul. That yard also repaired a damaged QM2 pod in 2006. Lloyd Werft is however also no stranger to the Cunard Queens. It overhauled QE2 in 2006.

Built at Italy’s Fincantieri, Queen Victoria entered service in 2007. Her installed power plant is a 63.4MW Sulzer ZA40 Diesel.

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