No intention to sell QE2, say owners

No intention to sell QE2, say owners

No intention to sell QE2, say owners

First published in News

THE Dubai owners of Southampton’s former liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, have reacted to reports that the world-famous ship could eventually be scrapped because of the global financial crisis.

Despite still not revealing any detailed plans for the ship, owners Nakheel say that the scheme is “ongoing’’ and that they are “investigating all options’’.

Suggestions, circulating within the shipping industry and on numerous maritime sites on the Internet, that the plans for QE2’s transformation into a floating hotel and tourist attraction could be sunk by the effects of the international credit crunch, have been dismissed by Nakheel.

A spokesman for the company said: “The plans for QE2’s full restoration and refurbishment are ongoing as we continue to investigate all our options in leveraging this fantastic asset. We have no intention of selling the ship to any party whatsoever.”

QE2 has been moored at a berth in Dubai for three months after arriving during November last year. As yet, Nakheel has not announced any firm details of the planned redevelopment.

Concerns over the future of QE2 intensified at the end of last year when Nakheel, the main developer in the ambitious masterplan to turn Dubai into a global tourist destination, announced that it was scaling back work on some of its projects and also making 15 per cent of the workforce, a total of 500 employees, redundant.

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9:10am Fri 13 Feb 09

roblightbody says...

"full restoration and refurbishment"

Do they know what these words actaully mean? None of the plans that have come out for this most famous and historic of ships have so far sound like either of these words.

http://www.theqe2sto
ry.com
"full restoration and refurbishment" Do they know what these words actaully mean? None of the plans that have come out for this most famous and historic of ships have so far sound like either of these words. http://www.theqe2sto ry.com roblightbody
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8:02pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Bosun says...

The new owners,Nakheel, have dozens of construction projects in progress in Dubai so in this economic climate it is not unreasonable that they are taking things slowly. I think we just have to be patient.
At least the artifacts are still in place. See www.qe2.org.uk and then "News"
The new owners,Nakheel, have dozens of construction projects in progress in Dubai so in this economic climate it is not unreasonable that they are taking things slowly. I think we just have to be patient. At least the artifacts are still in place. See www.qe2.org.uk and then "News" Bosun
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11:54pm Fri 13 Feb 09

agroppe says...

"full restoration and refurbishment" indeed!

As Merriam-Webster has it, the transitive verb to restore is defined as "to bring back to or put back into a former or original state."

These folks have publicly expressed an interest in removing the iconic funnel and replacing it with a funnel-like glass penthouse. Further, plans have been reported to remove all of the lifeboats and have the ship lengthened by 100 feet at Meyer-Werft in Germany.
"full restoration and refurbishment" indeed! As Merriam-Webster has it, the transitive verb to restore is defined as "to bring back to or put back into a former or original state." These folks have publicly expressed an interest in removing the iconic funnel and replacing it with a funnel-like glass penthouse. Further, plans have been reported to remove all of the lifeboats and have the ship lengthened by 100 feet at Meyer-Werft in Germany. agroppe
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8:19am Sun 15 Feb 09

Chris_ says...

Much loved the world over, the loss of QE2 has been massive blow for the Ocean Liner enthusiast. No matter what her fate is, the QE2 we all knew and loved ceased to be on November 27th, 2008. I strongly hope that she will be retained in a respectable manner, looked after and cherished as the maritime icon that she is.

See her how she was - www.chriscunard.com/
qe2.htm
Much loved the world over, the loss of QE2 has been massive blow for the Ocean Liner enthusiast. No matter what her fate is, the QE2 we all knew and loved ceased to be on November 27th, 2008. I strongly hope that she will be retained in a respectable manner, looked after and cherished as the maritime icon that she is. See her how she was - www.chriscunard.com/ qe2.htm Chris_
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3:58pm Sun 15 Feb 09

Arcadia says...

This liner represents something that is so good about Great Britain's heritage.

There will be many who hope that she will be allowed to remain well-kept, and exactly as she is today...it will be much less costly, and provide our grand-children with the accurate knowledge of what her passengers experienced.

Might the the Southampton Consortium still be interested in bringing her home? There will be many who would support this venture.

This liner represents something that is so good about Great Britain's heritage. There will be many who hope that she will be allowed to remain well-kept, and exactly as she is today...it will be much less costly, and provide our grand-children with the accurate knowledge of what her passengers experienced. Might the the Southampton Consortium still be interested in bringing her home? There will be many who would support this venture. Arcadia
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8:31pm Sun 15 Feb 09

ghedges says...

Let us hope our heritage is preserved sympathetically and she remains as intact as possible for further generations to see her and learn from her.

Would definitely support the Southampton Consortium in bringing her back to her home port, or her birthplace on the Clyde, and think there would be a lot of support for this nationally and internationally.
Let us hope our heritage is preserved sympathetically and she remains as intact as possible for further generations to see her and learn from her. Would definitely support the Southampton Consortium in bringing her back to her home port, or her birthplace on the Clyde, and think there would be a lot of support for this nationally and internationally. ghedges
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2:26pm Mon 16 Feb 09

Isabelle Prondzynski says...

QE2 is a unique object, the last of the great British-built liners, and a treasure trove of twentieth century history. She needs to be preserved with respect and in the state in which her countless passengers and visitors knew her. There are many who would support this with word and deed, as the comments you have received show well!

http://www.theqe2sto
ry.com/
QE2 is a unique object, the last of the great British-built liners, and a treasure trove of twentieth century history. She needs to be preserved with respect and in the state in which her countless passengers and visitors knew her. There are many who would support this with word and deed, as the comments you have received show well! http://www.theqe2sto ry.com/ Isabelle Prondzynski
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7:44pm Mon 9 Mar 09

so2006 says...

Thats what they get for taking something so special to the british people.

It was only about time that Dubai collapsed and i am pretty happy about it, They where greedy and trying to make it into something they where not!

Maybe now the royal family will relise and maybe give it back to southampton instead of scrapping it, That would just be a waste of money.

Good luck to dubai LMAO it will never be the same.
Thats what they get for taking something so special to the british people. It was only about time that Dubai collapsed and i am pretty happy about it, They where greedy and trying to make it into something they where not! Maybe now the royal family will relise and maybe give it back to southampton instead of scrapping it, That would just be a waste of money. Good luck to dubai LMAO it will never be the same. so2006
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