MS Zaandam

MS Zaandam
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MS Zaandam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9156527, 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), shore excursion incidents, pollution, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Zaandam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 61,400-ton 1440-passenger Holland America cruise ship Zaandam was built in 2000 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Zaandam accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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

  • January 13, 2009, the vessel suffered a propulsion loss for ~1 min. In one of its electric generators (number 5), a currency transformer in the alternator exploded, caused grounding out and shutdown of the main switchboard. Soon the emergency diesel generator started. No injuries or fire were reported. The ship soon regained its main power generation and arrived on schedule in the call port Lahaina (Maui, Hawaii).
  • 2010 – the vessel was reported 3 times for pollution in Alaska. Tests on Aug 8, Aug 22 and Sept 5 showed higher than allowed levels of ammonia in the discharged wastewater.
  • October 19, 2012, mechanical problems during the Alaska to Hawaii cruise (Vancouver to Honolulu) forced the ship to diverse from its course to California and make an unscheduled stop in San Diego.
  • May 29, 2016, the ship arrived in call port Seward AK with a dead fin whale lodged on its bulbous bow. The incident was reported to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Investigators dispatched to the scene removed the dead whale from the ship and sent it for a necropsy.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • August 3, 2009, a 45-year-old female passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The accident occurred in Alaska, when the ship was en-route to Glacier Bay from Jenuau AK. The woman (Amber Malkuch) was last seen at ~12:30 am (ordering from the room service menu) and was reported missing in the morning at ~9 am by her friend. The conducted by the ship search operation failed to find the body. Later, USCG assets (1 helicopter, 2 rescue boats), two patrol boats and 2 planes from Civil Air Patrol continued the search. At ~4:30 pm (Aug 3), a helicopter found the woman’s body on a beach on Douglas Island (west of Juneau).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • No such major incidents were reported so far.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • August 2003, unofficially was reported that on voyage Aug 23 to 30, a total of 100 Norovirus cruise passengers were disembarked from the ship in all 3 Alaskan ports of call. The affected passengers were later reimbursed for all their expenses while ashore.
  • November-December 2006, CDC reported on voyage Nov 26 to Dec 11, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 64 passengers (out of 1431, or 4,5%) and 4 crew (out of 617, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 15-days Hawaiian cruise from homeport San Diego CA.
  • November 2007, CDC reported on voyage Nov 5 to 20, a Norovirus outbreak affected 91 passengers (out of 1371, or 6,6%) and 8 crew (out of 616, or 1,3%). The ship was on a 15-days Around Hawaii cruise from San Diego.
  • March-April 2008, CDC reported on voyage Mar 19 to Apr 3, a Noro virus outbreak affected 100 passengers (out of 1428, or 7%) and 13 crew (out of 611, or 2,1%). The ship was on a 15-days San Diego to Hawaii cruise.
  • February 2009, CDC reported on voyage Feb 5 to 20, a Norovirus outbreak affected 74 passengers (out of 1408, or 5,3%) and 21 crew (out of 590, or 3,6%).
  • June 6, 2009, five of the crew tested positive for swine influenza (aka swine flu) on a 7-days Alaskan cruise from homeport Seattle WA (starting May 29).
  • 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 Zaandam current position


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