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Queen Mary 2

Post by shipstamps » Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:14 pm

From the very outset, Queen Mary 2 was destined to astonish. She is the longest, broadest, and tallest passen¬ger vessel ever launched, with an unprecedented gross tonnage of 150,000 tons. Costing $800 million, she is also the most expensive. She can tear along at 30 knots in the glorious tradition of predecessor Queens. With an overall length of 1,132 feet (345meters), she comfort¬ably surpasses Norway-ex-France by a hundred feet. Her 147-foot (45-meter) beam at the bridge betrays her as too wide for Panama's canal. QM2's draft is 32 feet (10 meters), identical to that of current flagship Queen Elizabeth 2 but less than the two original Queens. From boot topping to funnel top, she towers above the water¬line 203 feet (62 meters) and passengers sailing in and out of NewYoil'on her upper decks commune eye-to¬eye with Lady Liberty.
Not merely a new Cunarder, QM2 is unquestionably the greatest Cunarder of all time. Moreover, mirabile dictu, she is imbued with the exacting specifications of an ocean liner. Liners used to make line voyages from Britain to America in all seasons, sailing year-round, the very antithesis of today's shipboard-for-fun. Whereas cruise ships dawdle around exotic itineraries, ocean liners thundered across the world's most formidable oceans on bruising schedule. The only other ocean liner extant is Queen Elizabeth 2, launched in 1967 and previously con¬sidered "the last Atlantic liner." Now Cunard duplicated and amplified those demanding criteria for QM2.
The Engine Control Room is situated close to the main machinery spaces and is manned 24 hours a day. The watch keepers work a rotation of 4 hours on - 8 hours off
The vessel's propulsion, power generation and ancillary machinery systems are monitored and can be operated from the ECR.
Propulsion
The vessel is propelled by 4 Rolls Royce, Mermaid pods consisting of 2 x Azimuthing Pods each rated at 21.5 MW – Reversible motors with 360 deg. rotation - and 2 x Fixed Pods each rated at 21.5 MW – Reversible motors.
Total maximum propulsion power is therefore 86.0 MW – equivalent to 115,328 HP.
The vessel has no conventional rudders; it is steered by the 2 Azimuthing pods which are controlled by the steering control on the bridge. The Azimuthing pods can be turned 90 deg out or in, to give side thrust while the vessel is manoeuvring.
The fixed pods give forward and aft thrust only. Inside the pod is the electric motor. The propeller hub is fixed direct to the motor shaft. Each pod weighs 260 tonnes.
Each pod is fitted with 4 fixed pitch propeller blades with a total circle diameter of 6 meters. Spare blades can be viewed on Deck 7 forward. Each blade weighs 4,500 Kg, or 9,900 lbs. The blades are made of a special stainless steel.
For manoeuvring, the vessel also has 3 Bow Thrusters. They are Rolls Royce Transverse thrusters each 3.2MW with Variable pitch propeller blades. Total diameter is 3.3 metres. Each bow thruster also has a hull door on each side of the ship. These doors are opened for Manoeuvring and closed at sea to create a smooth flow over the bow and reduce turbulence, thus giving the vessel true liner capabilities.
Electrical power generation
The pods, the bow thrusters, and all electrical functions of the ship are supplied from a common high voltage main switchboard.
Generation supply — 11,000 V, 60 Hertz, 3-Phase. This switchboard is supplied on the power station principal from the following:
-4 x Wartsila W46 V1646C Diesel Generators each with Power Output 16.8 MW -2 x General Electric LM2500+ Gas Turbines each with Power Output 25.0 MW
Therefore the total power produced is 117.2 MW, equivalent to 157,168 HP.
This configuration provides flexibility to allow the vessel to run at lower speeds while cruising or crossing the Atlantic at higher speeds since any combination of engines can be used to supply main power. Fuel Consumption
- Diesel Engines – 3.1 tonnes/hour each of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) at 100% Load
- Gas Turbines – 6.0 tonnes/hour each of Marine Gas Oil (MGO) at 100% Load
Daily consumption at a speed of 29 knots, depending on the sea state and wind, is approx 261 tonnes of HFO for the diesel engines and 237 tonnes of MGO for the gas turbines.
Fuel tank capacities
HFO – 5,348.7 m3 or 1,412,977 US gallons MGO – 3,658.8 m3 or 966,553 US gallons
Stabilisers
The vessel is also fitted with 4 stabilizers – 2 x Pairs of Brown Bros/Rolls Royce Retractable Fin Stabilisers each with a surface area of 15.63 m2.
These are controlled by a gyroscopic vertical reference instrument which senses the ships potential roll and operates the stabilisers to compensate accordingly.
Fresh water production
Water Production from sea water is by 3 x Alfa Laval Multi Effect Plate Evaporators each producing 630 tonnes/day.
The daily consumption is approx 1,100 tonnes/day which equates to approx 302 ltrs - or 79 US gallons – per person per day. This includes water used for cooking and washing the ship.
Potable Water tank capacity = 3,830 m3 or 1,011,779 US gallons.
Steam production
Steam is produced by 2 x Saacke Oil fired boilers. Steam is also produced by Exhaust Gas Economisers by using waste heat from the Diesel Engine and Gas Turbine exhausts. Steam
is used for accommodation heating, Laundry heating, fuel oil heating, and for steaming in the galleys.
Air conditioning
Air Conditioning by 6 x Carrier Chiller units
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Re: Queen Mary 2

Post by aukepalmhof » Wed May 27, 2009 9:33 pm

Sao Thomas & Prince 2007 7000Db
Solomon Islands 2013 $6 sg?, scott?
Togo 2013 2500F sgMS?, scott? (in the margin is a Disney cruiseship depict.)
Guinea 2007 25000 fg, sgms?, scott? in margin of sheet
Niger 2016 750f sg?, scott?
Niger 2019 800F sg?, scott?

From Mr. Peter Crichton I received the following additional info on the image
The vessel shown in the margin of the miniature sheet is one of Disney's two new cruise ships. Either DISNEY DREAM or DISNEY FANTASY.
The image on the stamp has been reversed. Both ships have a large water slide on the port side, starting at the aft funnel and 'sliding' forward. On the starboard side is a smaller glass enclosed water slide.The image on the stamp shows the large water slide on the starboard side and the smaller slide on the port side.
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Re: Queen Mary 2

Post by aukepalmhof » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:42 pm

On Isle of Man 2008 £1
Congo (Kinshasa) 2009 In margin of sheet
Comoro Islands 2009 400Fc sg?, scott?
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Re: Queen Mary 2

Post by aukepalmhof » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:08 pm

The French Post issued in 2011 twenty-four collectors sheets for each region in France one. Each m.s. has 10 self-adhesive stamps for a first class mail letter up to 20g.
The QUEEN MARY 2 appears on the m.s. “Pays de Loire”.

France 2011 Letter Prioritaire ( The stamp shows the QUEEN MARY 2 in her building dock at St. Nazaire.)

http://timbres.laposte.fr/rayon/collect ... anguage=en
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