• Matt Esnayra

Report: The Queen Mary needs millions in a makeover to remain afloat.

Long Beach's best-known landmark, The Queen Mary, has structural issues, needs millions of dollars in repairs, and is in danger of tipping over, per the LB Post citing a report by naval architecture and marine engineering firm.

What's new:

The city hired Elliott Bay Design Group to inspect the dormant ship in April and say that the Queen Mary would need an extra $23 million for necessary repairs.

Here are some takeaways:

1. The ships' former operator Urban Commons didn't complete $41 million in essential repair work.

  • Urban Commons owes the city $900,000+ in back rent and fees and hasn't paid taxes since 2019.

  • According to the Post, Urban Commons failed to 'indemnify' Long Beach from legal responsibility due to gaps in insurance coverage, making the city liable to accidents.

2. The Queen Mary suffers from significant structural issues like leaks, old equipment,, and essential improvements.

  • The 85-year-old cruise liner's sewage tanks were called 'compromised' and don't currently meet state safety guidelines.

  • Inspectors reported the ship's hall has structural and floodability issues.

  • The Post mentioned that the emergency generator needs to be replaced and the ship's broilers are not working.

3. Rather than cutting its losses and selling the Queen Mary for scrap, the Long Beach City Council has tentatively agreed to transfer ownership of the vintage ocean liner to the Port of Long Beach.

  • Urban Commons filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming $500 million in debt

  • The real estate company operating the ship has offered to pay Long Beach about $750,000 in back rent and is planning to auction off the Queen Mary's lease.

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