Medevac near Berners Bay
A S Coast Guard boat crew and local fire department members medevaced a 58-year-old woman from the "Amsterdam" near Juneau on July 5, 2019. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received the initial request around 7 p.m. from the ship’s doctor, who stated a passenger aboard the "Amsterdam" was suffering internal complications while the vessel was underway near Berners Bay. The station boat crew from Juneau launched in response aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and met fire department personnel at Statter Harbor where they picked up three fire department paramedics prior to the rendezvous with the cruise ship in Auke Bay. The boat crew and paramedics from Capital City Fire and Rescue safely transported the passenger to Statter Harbor, where she was transferred to a fire department ambulance and taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and was reported in fair condition.
Passenger lost over board
On May 8, 2019, a female passenger, aged 69, of the "Amsterdam" fell over board about 260 kilometers off the Irish coast in the Atlantic. The ship had left the port of Cogh on May 7 at midnight. She was last seen at 1 a.m. in her cabin. Surveillance cameras later showed she climbed onto the railing at 1.30 a.m. and plunged into the sea. Only at 6.30 a.m. relatives informed the crew that she was missing. The ship turned around and started a search at the position where she was missing, about 260 kilometers SW of Malin Head. Also SAR units participated in the search which was aborted some hours later. The cruise ship resumed the voyage to Fort Lauderdale at 2 p.m. with an ETA as of May 16.
Air violations issued to eight cruise ships
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Environmental managers issued air quality violations to eight cruise ships on Friday for violations throughout the summer cruise season, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. This year’s to-date total of nine air quality violations (one ship received two notices) is the highest number of violations DEC has handed out in all but four years (2000, 2001, 2008 and 2014). It’s also higher than the last three years combined: only two violations were handed out last year and zero violations were issued in 2016 or 2015. Those Notices of Violation, as they’re called, were forwarded to the Alaska Department of Law for further action. The violations could result in fines as high as $46,192, according to DEC. It’s up to the Department of Law to issue any fines. Cruise ship monitoring Program Manager Ed White said DEC forwards the Department of Law its own recommendations. https://www.juneauempire.com/news/air-violations-issued-to-eight-cruise-ships/Upload News