Two cruise ships owned and operated by Holland America Line collided at Canada Place in Vancouver harbour early this morning.
According to a statement by the company, the incident occurred at about 6:50 am while the Oosterdam was in the process of docking into the cruise ship terminal. It allided with Nieuw Amsterdam while docking stern to stern.
The collision was minor, there were no injuries, and disembarkation on both ships proceeded this morning.
But both ships incurred some damage; Oosterdam’s damage was minimal, however, six staterooms on the rear of the Nieuw Amsterdam require repairs, which are now underway. Repairs on both ships are well above the waterline, and as a result the seaworthiness of both ships is not affected.
The cruise line says guests booked in the affected suites on the upcoming voyage of the Nieuw Amsterdam will be re-accommodated in other staterooms.
The itineraries of the ships are unaffected by the incident. The Nieuw Amsterdam is still scheduled to leave port today for its next seven-day, round-trip Alaska cruise, while the Oosterdam is scheduled to sail overnight to Seattle and will depart on a seven-day roundtrip Alaska cruise on Sunday.
The Nieuw Amsterdam has a length of 258 metres, gross tonnage of 86,700, and a capacity for 2,106 passengers and 929 crew.
As for the Oosterdam, it has a length of 290 metres, gross tonnage of 82,000 GT, and a capacity for 1,848 passengers and 812 crew.
Holland America is a division of the Carnival Corporation.