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The Queen Mary Got A Royal Sum For Repairs. Now Its Operator Is Filing For Bankruptcy

File: People visit for free on the 80th anniversary of the Queen Mary on Sept. 26, 2014 in Long Beach. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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The operator of the Queen Mary, the nearly 90-year-old ocean liner owned by the city of Long Beach, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

According to court documents acquired by the Long Beach Post, Singapore-based Eagle Hospitality Trust filed for bankruptcy on Monday, with more than $500 million in debt.

Long Beach Post reporter Kelly Puente says the bankruptcy is the latest in a long string of financial problems.

"The ship has really been allowed to fall to the wayside. It needs millions and millions of dollars in repairs — by some estimates, over $200 million in repairs. So there's just a lot of concern that the ship is being neglected and not adequately cared for."

The Long Beach City Auditor is looking into how $23 million in bonds the city issued in 2016 for major emergency repairs were spent — the funds ran out before the work was completed.
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