The Holland America cruise ship Westerdam struck ice while in Yakutat Bay, Alaksa. The Westerdam was maneuvering in high winds through ice near the Hubbard Glacier when it struck a “berg” that dented the hull 15 feet below the waterline. However, the cruise ship’s hull was not punctured and no reports of water ingress. The Westerdam was able to continue to Sitka and will proceed to Ketchikan to undergo an underwater inspection. The company reported that the damage was not significant enough to prevent the Westerdam to continue its schedule for the rest of the season. The repairs will be made when the vessel’s next dry dock. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the incident.
The tug Ievoli Black was struck by the 151 gt fishing vessel Osterems SC 41 off Den Helder, Netherlands. The tug was struck amidships on the port side and slid towards the forepeak while the boom of the fishing vessel demolished the equipment on the deck of the tug. The Osterems SC 41 had its hull holed above the waterline and had much of its fishing gear damaged. Both vessels were able to reach the port of Den Helder under their own power. The Ievoli Black was reported as being on standby while the Osterems SC 41 was heading out to the fishing grounds before the collision. Reports state no one was injured or pollution released. The accident is under investigation.
The 115,700 dwt boxship Grete Mersk went aground off the port of Vung Tau, Vietnam. The Grete Mersk was attempting to enter the port with pilots on board when it grounded. The vessel was not fully loaded after leaving Malaysia which should allow the vessel to be freed at the next high tide. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.