Study finds Queen Mary needs $289 million in urgent repairs


(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — Queen Mary, once the world's most popular ocean liner and now a moored tourist attraction, is in such poor condition that its hull could collapse and flood if repairs costing as much as $289 million are not completed in the next few years, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A marine survey conducted by naval architects and vessel experts at the request of Long Beach city officials found "systemic corrosion problems in the interior” at the tank tops, which act as a platform for machinery and cargo, and the ship’s hull, caused by longstanding failure of the bilge system and leaks in the sewage holding tanks. Failure to make such repairs, the study said, could lead to “instability" of the 81-year-old ship.

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By Professional Mariner Staff