Approximately 5:30 p.m., the Captain of the Queen Mary 2 reported to the Coast Guard the ship had experienced a noise and unusual vibration in the engine room at approximately 1:50 p.m. five miles outside of the Port of Everglades and had reason to believe they may have struck a submerged object.
According to a statement released by Princess Cruises, bridge instruments indicated a problem with one of the ship’s four propulsion motors.
A Captain of the Port Order was issued by the Coast Guard requiring the Queen Mary 2 to use tug-boats to assist in returning to port.
The vessel will be required to remain at the pier until the Coast Guard determines if the vessels and its passengers are safe. There have been no reports of injury or pollution as this time. The cause of the noise and vibration are not known at this time.
The Coast Guard will be working with the ships crew and flag state officials. The Queen Mary 2 is a United Kingdom flagged vessel.
It would seem that the pilot misjudged things and came too close to the bank when leaving Port Everglades, with the result that one of QM2's propulsors struck an underwater object. If you go to my gallery you will see 3 pics of the procedure for fitting one of these large bits of machinery. If a new one is needed it will take several days. If it is merely a bent prop it will be easier, as she has bolt-on blades.