The 143 meter long passenger cruise ship L’Austral allided with the floodgate entering the IJmuiden. The L’Austral was entering the lock from the North Sea when it struck the middle lock gate. The gate sustained some damage, but was still operational. The L’Austral sustained scratches and dents on the bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The passenger ship was allowed to proceed on to Hamburg under its own power.