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Electrical Failure on Queen Mary 2 Causes Explosion & Blackout

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

SOUTHAMPTON, UK – An electrical failure which caused an explosion and a blackout on the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 was described today by marine accident investigators.

One of the capacitors – an energy-storing container – in a compartment within a switchboard room failed as the 151,000-tonne Southampton-based vessel was approaching Barcelona, a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said.

There was a loud explosion and extensive damage to the surrounding electric panels and the vessel blacked out.

A steel cover plate was blown out into the main switchboard room but ”fortunately there were no personnel in the vicinity” the MAIB said.

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