Cruise ship collision at Vancouver port described as 'parallel parking job gone wrong'

The Oosterdam cruise ship collided with the already docked Nieuw Amsterdam just before 7am

A minor collision at the Port of Vancouver between two cruise ships early Saturday morning has been described on social media as a “parallel parking job gone wrong.”

The Oosterdam cruise ship collided with the already docked Nieuw Amsterdam just before 7am, while docking stern to stern.

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In a statement Holland America, which owns both ships, said there was minimal damage to Oosterdam but six verandahs were damage on the Nieuw Amsterdam.

“All required repairs are well above the waterline and the seaworthiness of both ships is not affected,” the statement said.

A woman who was onboard the Oosterdam tweeted that she “definitely heard” and “felt” the collision.

“It was a parallel parking job gone wrong!” she wrote.

According to the statement, there were no injuries and both ships proceeded as usual.

Oosterdam and Nieuw Amsterdam
The Oosterdam cruise ship collided with the already docked Nieuw Amsterdam. - Ken Carrusca / Twitter

The Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to depart today on a seven-day Alaska cruise, roundtrip Vancouver.

While the Oosterdam is scheduled to sail overnight to Seattle and will depart on a seven-day roundtrip Alaska cruise on Sunday, May 5.

The company said neither of the itineraries would be impacted and repairs to Nieuw Amsterdam were underway.
 

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