MS Rotterdam

MS Rotterdam
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MS Rotterdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9122552, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Rotterdam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 61,900-ton 1400-passenger Holland America cruise ship Rotterdam was built in 1997 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Rotterdam accidents & incidents

MS Rotterdam accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MS Rotterdam CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Holland America ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.

Here we also post updates on Holland America Rotterdam cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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This is link to the ship’s official site HollandAmerica.com.

Technical incidents

  • In 1994, the vessel was reported 13 times for water pollution in Alaska. Its discharged directly overboard wastewater also had oil in it. These incidents resulted in the Holland America Line being fined a total of US$$2 million, of which 1 million was the fine, and 1 million for restitution.
  • April 2000, during a Pacific Ocean crossing cruise, the ship was hit by a rogue wave and sustained serious interior damages.
  • September 2004, the ship was on a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to Canada and the USA. The crossing coincided with the Hurricane Karl (category 4) that formed right in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, then turned north. The unfortunate to sail in such harrowing weather conditions ship was had numerous encounters with huge (30 ft / 9 m) rogue waves, sustaining huge damages. The situation became even worse when on Sept 24 the ship lost power for ~3 hours right in the middle of the Atlantic. The engineering crew found an issue with the engines’ filter system. Accumulation of sediment in the lubricating filters forced the crew to shut down all the 5 diesel engines at ~6 pm. Soon the hotel operations were powered by the ship’s emergency generators, but both stabilizers became ineffective. As compensation, all passengers received a 50% refund, plus full refunds for all booked Halifax tours.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • January 7, 2006, a male passenger died from natural causes.
  • February 26, 2010, a male passenger jumped overboard from the Sports Deck 9 (open deck). The incident occurred at ~10 am, and was witnessed by several passengers. The ship turned around quickly and conducted a search and rescue operation. At ~2 pm, it was joined by an USCG airplane. At ~5 pm, the body was found and recovered.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • September 2004, during the Transatlantic crossing when the vessel encountered rouge waves (see in “Technical incidents” above), a total of 85 passengers and 5 crew suffered injuries. The most seriously injured were 2 passengers with fractures – a woman with broken broken femur (thigh bone) and a man with broken collarbone.
  • October 27, 2016, a 63-year-old female passenger (experiencing stroke-like symptoms) was medevaced (airlifted) by an USCG helicopter (MH-60 Jayhawk). The incident occurred at ~9 am, while ship was en-route from Boston MA to Fort Lauderdale FL, and approx 95 km (60 ml) east of Virginia Beach VA. The woman and her husband were flown to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • April 2004, CDC reported on the voyage April 2 to 15, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 38 passengers (out of 1262, or 3%) and 7 crew (out of 560, or 1,3%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on an 13-days cruise ending in Baltimore MD.
  • December-January 2006, the ship reported on the South America cruise from Buenos Aires Argentina to Valparaiso/Santiago Chile (voyage Dec 20, 2005, to Jan 11, 2006), a total of 125 people (passengers and crew) suffered from Noro virus.
  • Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

MS Rotterdam current position


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