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Collision with ice causes mild damage to Westerdam's hull

Posted: May 12, 2011 - 3:06pm

The cruise ship Westerdam received a mild indentation in the hull while maneuvering through ice during high winds while sailing in Yakutat Bay near Hubbard Glacier on Tuesday, according to a statement from Holland America Line.

The cruise line states the hull was not breached and the ship continued on its published itinerary as planned. It was in port in Juneau on Monday, and is scheduled to return this coming Monday.

The Westerdam departed Seattle on May 7 on a seven-day Alaska sailing. It is the largest ship Holland America sails into Juneau, in terms of capacity, and is capable of carrying 2,716 passengers and crew members.


• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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