Holland America Westerdam Hits Ice in Alaska

The Holland America Westerdam struck ice near Yakutat Bay last Tuesday.

The Holland America Westerdam, which carries 1,916 passengers, sustained what was described as non-critical hull damage while sailing near Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

The hull of the ship was dented about 15 feet below the surface whilst manoeuvering through ice in high winds near the Hubbard Glacier.

An investigation is now underway to help determine if the ice was visible when it was hit.

There were no injuries reported.

Erik Elvejord, speaking for Holland America, said “There was no damage that would impede the schedule. The Westerdam will continue its sailing schedule for the rest of the season as planned. It’s still being determined when the damage will be repaired, but it will most likely be during the ship’s next dry dock”.

It’s not uncommon for Cruise ships to navigate through areas conatining large icebergs. Usually sonar and radar systems help to avoid conatct with icebergs of a size that could potentially damage the ship.

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