MS Westerdam

MS Westerdam
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MS Westerdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9226891, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collision, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Westerdam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 81,800-ton 1920-passenger Holland America cruise ship Westerdam was built in 2004 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Westerdam accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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

Plane crash accident in Alaska

  • June 25, 2015, the pilot and 8 cruise passengers died in a plane crash accident on a sponsored by Holland America shore excursion in southeast Alaska. The tour airplane crashed into a cliff. near Ella Lake, ~20 ml / 30 km northeast of Ketchikan AK.
  • The seaplane (aka pontoon plane) was chartered through the Promech Air tour company.
  • The passengers killed in the Alaskan flightseeing excursion were all of American origin – residents of the states California, Maryland, Nevada and Oregon.
  • News media reported the plane was flying in an unregulated territory and in poor weather (limited visibility). It is a fact that passengers booked on Alaskan fly excursions (on seaplanes or helicopters) can not cancel them without a penalty. These aircraft are frequently flying in risky conditions, notwithstanding bad weather. There is a 100% penalty (cancellation fee) for fly tour cancellations 3 days prior to sailing, This policy is is often being criticized as irresponsible. It comes to the choice between losing the tour fee or risking your life.

Ship collision incident

  • May 11, 2011, while operating in Alaska, the ship collided with an ice block en-route to Sitka AK. The incident happened while maneuvering through the Yakutat Bay, The vessel sustained a below waterline hull damage, although it was not breached. No injuries were reported. In Sitka, the ship was boarded and inspected by USCG.

Fire accidents

  • October 17, 2003, during the vessel’s construction at the Marghera shipyard, a fire broke out in its aft section. The incident occurred at ~7:30 am. The fire was extinguished by ~11 am, and didn’t affect the vessel’s delivery (scheduled for 2004, April 15).
  • June 28, 2014, the vessel experienced an engine room fire, ~4 hours after it left homeport Seattle WA. The small fire was quickly extinguished by the crew. The incident occurred in one of the boiler rooms. No injuries were reported. The ship remained fully operational, but had to return back to port for inspection. The next day the ship was cleared by USCG and left port at ~10 am. The caused delay resulted in an itinerary change (Sitka AK was dropped). As compensation, passengers received US$250 per cabin in onboard credit, plus a 25% future Holland America cruise booking discount per person (for a comparable price itinerary).
  • April 24, 2017, during the ship’s scheduled drydock refurbishment in 2017, at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard was reported an onboard fire. Details on the cause and damages are expected soon.

Technical incidents

  • Four times in 2008 (May, June, July and September) the vessel was reported for violation of the Alaska’s state regulations about discharged wastewater quality. When tested, the ship’s wastewater showed higher-than-permitted concentration levels of zinc and ammonia.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • June 25, 2015, 8 passengers died in a seaplane crash accident on a booked through Holland America Alaskan shore excursion in Ketchikan AK (see above).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • October 6, 2013, a 75-year-old male passenger suffered a heart attack. The man was medevaced via an USCG helicopter sent from San Diego CA, which met the ship ~15 ml25 km off Mission Bay CA.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • February 2007, CDC reported on the voyage Feb 4 to 11, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 146 passengers (out of 1790, or 8,2%) and 9 crew (out of 809, or 1,1%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 7-days roundtrip Caribbean cruise from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.
  • 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 Westerdam current position


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