ms Nieuw Amsterdam accidents and incidents

ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship
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Cabins
1053

Length (LOA)
285 m / 935 ft

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  • fire - 2000
  • ship collision - 2019 (with MS Oosterdam in Vancouver BC)
  • ship grounding - 2017 (Huatulco, Mexico)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2010 (134 / 6), 2017 (73 / 4)
  • injuries/crimes - sexual (2014)
DateAccident
  04 May 2019Ship Collision / Allision

On May 4, 2019, at ~6:30 am, while maneuvering for berthing at Canada Place Terminal in homeport Vancouver (BC Canada), the fleetmate MS Oosterdam collided with the already docked MS Nieuw Amsterdam. No injuries were reported. The itinerary was not affected.

According to Holland America Line's official statement, the vessels "rubbed against each other while docking stern to stern". Oosterdam sustained a long scratch on hull's stern starboard. On Nieuw Amsterdam, 6 cabin balconies were damaged.

The accident occurred in the beginning of 7-day Alaskan Cruise (itinerary May 4-11) roundtrip from homeport Vancouver to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan.

  10 October 2017Ship Grounding

On October 10, 2017, the ship ran aground in call port Huatulco Mexico, after its mooring ropes broke up due to stormy weather. All passengers were offered to disembark and go to local hotels overnight.

However, soon after the vessel’s inspection (which showed no significant hull damages), it was allowed to resume the voyage. The ship was on the 5th day of 16-day Panama Canal repositioning cruise (itinerary Oct 5-21) from San Diego CA to Fort Lauderdale FL.

  July 2017Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In July 2017, CDC reported on itinerary July 22-29, a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 73 passengers (out of 2210, or 3,3%) and 4 crew (out of 869, or 0,5%). The ship was on 7-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from homeport Vancouver (BC Canada).

  15 February 2014Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On February 15, 2014, a 31-year-old female passenger (of US origin) suffered severe injuries after being sexually assaulted and beaten by a 28-year-old male crew. The terrible accident occurred in international waters, near Honduras' coast.

The ship was on 7-day “Bare Necessities” (nudist-themed) cruise booked by the “Necessities Tour & Travel” agency. The 7-day Western Caribbean voyage was a roundtrip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.

The crew (Ketut Pujayasa, of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as a cabin attendant. On this position, he had a master key giving him access to all passenger staterooms, including the one of the victim. In the middle of the night, he entered the cabin without permission, hid on the balcony, waited until the woman fell asleep, then entered the room, raped and beat her brutally. Then, after punching and strangling her, he tried to throw her off the cabin’s balcony.

The assault lasted for 30 -60 min. The woman was severely beaten using a curling iron and her laptop computer. He strangled her using the cords of the phone and the iron in an attempt to prevent her from screaming. When she managed to escape, another passenger saw her running covered in blood and with visible bruises around the neck and shoulders.

The woman was treated in the onboard infirmary, later disembarked in next call port Coxen Hole (Roatan Island, Honduras) and air-ambulanced to South Florida. The man was arrested and charged with violent sexual assault.

(law news) On May 30, 2015, a lawsuit against Holland America was filed in Seattle WA.

(law news) On January 7, 2015, while guidelines suggested punishment of 14 to 17 years in federal prison, being requested by prosecutors, the Judge sentenced him to 30 years 5 months in jail (USP Beaumont, a federal prison for males in Texas, USA).

  11 June 2013Other Incidents

On June 11, 2013, a Croatian news media reported that the vessel came and stopped too close (approx 500 ft / 150 m) to a popular beach at Split Croatia (Kastelet Beach) and was only meters away from running aground. The ship came to the safety buoys causing a serious panic. Then it moved to ~1600 ft / 500 m from the shore and accounted. At ~8 am started the passenger disembarkation via tender boats.

  November 2010Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

October-November 2010, CDC reported on the voyage Oct 18 to Nov 7, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 134 passengers (out of 2027, or 6,6%) and 6 crew (out of 873, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship arrived in homeport Fort Lauderdale on Nov 7 and was thoroughly sanitized before next embarkation.

  23 May 2000Fire Accident

On May 23, 2000, the liner carrying a total of 1169 passengers plus 542 crew suffered a deck fire accident while on an Alaskan cruise (7-day itinerary from Vancouver to Seward). The accident occurred at ~9 am, when the vessel was in Tarr Inlet - approx 8 km (5 ml) north of Russell Island (Redland City, Southern Moreton Bay Islands) and en-route to Glacier Bay.

Navigation Bridge's monitoring system indicated an activated smoke detector in one of D Deck's crew cabins. Bridge's on-duty crew followed the standard procedures and informed the Captain about a possible fire. A quartermaster was sent to investigate and ensure it wasn't a false alarm. He was advised to carry a smoke mask and an UHF radio. He descended to D Deck, then proceeded aft (towards the stern) about 75 m (250 ft) to the possible fire area. After passing FSD1 (fire screen door 1), he observed smoke overhead and put on the smoke mask. From cabin D98 he saw smoke streaming through cabin door's lower ventilation louvers. As the door was locked, he radioed a report to Bridge's third officer, who then informed the Captain. The Captain called ship's Chief Officer and ordered an investigation of the fire, although procedures require that in cases of fire emergencies, the chief officer commands the firefighting operation from the Bridge.

As the chief officer was descending down to D Deck, he heard ship's general alarm (at 9:19) and smelled smoke on C Deck, but didn't contact the Bridge crew. In the stairwell of D Deck, he met the quartermaster standing by FSD1, grabbed and donned his smoke mask and commanded him to keep the fire door closed. After entering the main corridor, he observed “a small amount of smoke”, then walked through the corridor, pounding on all cabin doors and yelling for evacuation. In the passageway of cabin D98, he felt heat radiating from room's inboard bulkhead, then saw “thick, white smoke” coming through the louvers. The chief officer picked up an uncharged hose and together with the chief engineer proceeded through a thick layer of smoke toward D98. At the closed door of D98, the chief officer commanded the chief engineer to charge the hose line. He partially opened the door, bent down and sprayed a stream of water inside for ~30-40 sec. The rushing out intense heat, smoke and steam forced him back, he dropped the hose and retreated. Both men then exited the area, closing the Watertight Door (WTD) behind them. However, D98's door was left open.

Following the general fire alarm, two of ship's firefighting crews (Alpha and Bravo squads) were mobilized and mustered. At ~09:30, both teams started to attack the fire, spraying water in the passageways (which were also in flames), then inside D98 (for several minutes) until all flames were extinguished. Shortly before 10 am, ship's ventilation system evacuated all the smoke and the fire was reported under control. At ~10:20 am, the fire was declared out.

During the accident, a total of 15 smoke detectors on D Deck were activated. Ship's Captain made 2 announcements (via the PA system) informing passengers and crew about an activated fire alarm on D Deck. At ~9:30 am, smoke detectors were also activated in the service stairwell on Deck B. Crew were reporting smoke spreading upward to passenger decks (C, B, A). The Captain attempted to contact the USCG but failed due to VHF radio interferences. A staff officer sent a distress message without Captain's knowledge. Another Holland America Line ship in the area received it and radioed it to both HAL's office and USCG. At 10:15 am, the USCG contacted the cruise ship to determine fire's status.

When the fire alarm was sounded (9:19 am), most passengers were on the outside decks (Promenade Deck 7, and Sun Deck 10) observing the scenery. Following the alarm, they proceeded to the muster stations. Most in-cabin passengers wearing lifejackets mustered at their stations. At the muster/assembly stations, the crew took roll of the passengers then informed the Captain about two missing passengers (a couple from a B Deck stateroom). Rescue teams were dispatched to the area. Both were soon retrieved, examined by Infirmary's medical staff and later medevaced via helicopter to Juneau AK.

The cruise liner received an USCG COTP (Captain of the Port) who anchored the vessel in Bartlett Cove (Glacier Bay) for inspection, after which it was allowed to resume the voyage. The ship arrived in homeport Seward AK on May 25, were was conducted an investigation. According to the report, the fire was caused by a hot-water kettle. A male crew returned from work to his cabin (D98) and plugged-in the kettle. As he was soon called back to work, he switched it off but didn't unplug it. All other electrical appliances were off.

According to HAL's official statement, the fire caused no operational or environmental damages, neither damages to passenger staterooms or public areas. The damaged crew deck areas were repaired by June 1 (2000).

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