MS Volendam

MS Volendam
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MS Volendam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9156515, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Volendam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 60,900-ton 1450-passenger Holland America cruise ship Volendam was built in 1999 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Volendam accidents & incidents

MS Volendam accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MS Volendam 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 Volendam 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • March 13, 2001, the vessel reported a small fire incident in the engine room
  • May 2004, on sailing May 12 to 30, the ship reported engine problems affecting its propulsion system (starboard engine became inoperational).
  • 2005 – the vessel briefly appeared in a scene of the movie “Into the Blue” (2005) while docked in Nassau Bahamas (at Prince George Wharf).
  • 2009 – the vessel was reported 3 times for pollution in Alaska, violating the state’s Wastewater Quality Standards. It hugely exceeded the discharged wastewater norms for the Coliform bacteria – 4800 per 100 ml, when the limit is 14 per 100 ml.
  • 2010 – the vessel was 3 times reported for pollution in Alaska. Tests showed higher levels of zinc (on Jul 9) and copper (on May 14 and May 21) in its wastewater than allowed by the Alaska’s wastewater standards.
  • December 9, 2012, during a repositioning cruise from Australia to Asia, the ship experienced a power loss incident, and drifted for ~2 hours while en-route to Hong Kong from Sydney.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • January 8, 2011, two of the crew fell overboard into the water, and one of them (aged 29, of Indonesian origin) was later found drowned. The accident occurred ~ 2 pm during a lifeboat drill, after one of the boat’s ropes snapped. The ship was docked at Port Lyttelton (Christchurch, New Zealand). Both crew were wearing heavy clothes and boots, and were without life jackets. The rescued crew (aged 32) managed to stay afloat. The investigation report (issued on Nov 25) said the drowned crew could not swim. His body was found later by divers who searched the seabed. Both crew were standing on top of the lifeboat greasing its wire ropes when one of the wires broke, causing the boat to fall bow down and dangling from the remaining wire. The men fell into the water from ~50 ft / 16 m. They both had safety harnesses clipped to a line, but the safety line broke when the lifeboat fell. The later inspection of all lifeboats’ fittings showed 10 of the wires were corroded.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • November 18, 2008, while the ship was docked in Napier (New Zealand), a 75-year-old male passenger (of Dutch origin) fell off the pier’s edge and into the water. One of the crew jumped and rescued him. The incident happened at ~12:30 pm, when the elderly passenger was taking pictures of nearby parked vintage cars, and while walking backwards he fell from ~15 ft / 5 m. Suffering only water inhalation, he was disembarked from the ship, taken to the Hawke’s Bay hospital and the next day boarded the ship again in the next call port Tauranga NZ.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • December 2003, CDC reported on a 7-day Christmas cruise Dec 21 to 28), 53 passengers and 11 crew were quarantined due to Noro-virus. Passengers reported on voyage Aug 18 to 25, an aoutbreak affected around 100 people.
  • March 2006, CDC reported on the voyage March 3 to 13, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 51 passengers (out of 1412, or 3,6%) and 3 crew (out of 613, or 0,5%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship arrived in homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida on March 13.
  • January-February 2007, CDC reported on voyage Jan 22 to Feb 1, a Norovirus outbreak affected 105 passengers (out of 1385, or 7,6%) and 7 crew (out of 608, or 1,2%).
  • April 2007, CDC reported on voyage April 12 to 22, a Noro virus outbreak affected 69 passengers (out of 1427, or 4,8%) and 2 crew (out of 606, or 0,3%).
  • January 2008, CDC reported on voyage Jan 2 to 12, a Norovirus outbreak affected 85 passengers (out of 1451, or 5,9%) and 7 crew (out of 608, or 1,2%).
  • May 5, 2013, the ship reported on the 31-days cruise to Alaska, the Noro virus affected a total 28 passengers and 1 crew (or 2,4% of all the 1222 guests and staff on board). Because the required threshold of 3% infected was not reached, the illness was not considered an outbreak and was not reported by CDC.
  • July 2017 – CDC reported on itinerary July 12-19 (7-night Alaskan cruise from Vancouver Canada), a Noro virus outbreak affected 68 passengers (out of 1480, or 4,6%) and 1 crew (out of 610, or 0,2%).
  • 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 Volendam current position


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