The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a press release indicating that it is investigating an allision between Holland America Lines’ cruise ship Westerdam and ice in the vicinity of Yakutat Bay today.
The Westerdam was reportedly maneuvering through ice near Hubbard Glacier Tuesday evening when it sustained damage approximately 15 feet below the cruise ship’s waterline. The Coast Guard press release reports that the vessel’s hull was not breached. Fortunately, there is no report of pollution and the passengers and crew are okay.
The Westerdam continued on with its cruise to Sitka, where the cruise ship was met by Coast Guard representatives.
This morning, HAL issued a statement claiming that the "winds were high at the time," and stressing that "the hull was not breached, and the ship continued on its published itinerary as planned."
HAL also says that the Westerdam will sail on its next cruise as scheduled.