Holland America Ships Have "Fender Bender" at Vancouver Dock, But All OK

Oosterdam (shown above) and Nieuw Amsterdam had a bit of a fender bender at the Canada Place dock in Vancouver over the weekend; both vessels are operating their normal voyages this week.

In what can best be described as a "fender bender" of a seagoing nature, Holland America Line's Oosterdam collided with Nieuw Amsterdam while docking stern to stern in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday. 

The good news is that there were no injuries reported in the 6:50 a.m. incident. Disembarkation on both ships proceeded as usual.

That said, for some guests who documented the incident on social media, it was a bit disconcerting. Most guests, though, seemed to take the incident in stride. 

Fortunately, damage to Oosterdam was minimal. The most visible damage was to six aft stateroom verandahs on Nieuw Amsterdam, which required repairs that are now under way. The Vancouver Sun's coverage showed photos of some of that damage.

Holland America said in a statement issued over the weekend that "guests booked in those rooms on the upcoming voyage will be re-accommodated." 

Most importantly, the statement also said both ships are seaworthy. "The required repairs are well above the waterline and the seaworthiness of both ships is not affected. All appropriate authorities have been notified."

In fact, both ships are already back sailing. Nieuw Amsterdam is operating a seven-day Alaska cruise, roundtrip from Vancouver. Ooosterdam sailed overnight to Seattle where it departed for a seven-day roundtrip Alaska cruise. 

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