Cruise ship has to be drydocked - cruises cancelled
The "Columbus" has suffered a major engine problem. The current cruise has now been aborted, and vessel remained on a lay-by berth in Ijmuiden, awaiting to shift to a drydock in Rotterdam for repairs. The next cruise, due to depart Tilbury on June 5, has already been cancelled. Subsequent cruises schedules were awaiting the full assessment of damage. The ship, upon its departure from the Amsterdam cruise terminal on May 30, had turned too fast and got close to the opposite quay, obviously alliding with an obstruction. After passing the sea locks at IJmuiden, she was moored at the cruise terminal for six hours but left for Norway after a diver inspection. On May 31 at 11.45 p.m. it was announced that because of steering problems, the cruise was cancelled. The ship turned around in the night and returned back to Ymuiden at 11.5 knots. After the arrival in the morning of June 1 it moored at the IJ muiden cruise terminal. Dutch and German passengers were transferred to Amsterdam train station in the morning of June 2. About 1.200 British and other passengers were taken by busses over Calais to Tilbury on June 2. The ship left dry dock in Rotterdam after repairs on July 9 and sailed to Tilbury the same day.
Rudder trouble after collision with obstruction
The "Columbus" was unexpectedly docked at the Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden in the morning of June 2, 2019. The ship had left Amsterdam on May 30, but upon its departure hit something in the water. The Port of Amsterdam and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate were on board for consultation and the exchange of information. After this the ship left for the Norwegian Fjordson May 31 at 2.50 a.m. Along the way the ship had too many problems with the rudder, so it was forced to turn around in the evening ´and sailed back to IJmuiden. Due to the rudder problems, the ship received assistance from two tugs already a few miles off the pier and was safely berthed on June 2 at 5.30 a.m. Further inspection were to be carried out to find out the amount of damage. If the ship needs to be repaired in a dock, all passengers will have to be disembarked. Dutch report with photos: https://www.noordhollandsdagblad.nl/cnt/dmf20190602_2242498/cruiseschip-columbus-loopt-schade-op-en-keert-terug-naar-ijmuiden?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic
Damen prepared Columbus for summer cruise season
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) selects DAMEN Shiprepair Rotterdam to carry out maintenance and repair works on recently purchased cruise ship.Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of DAMEN Shiprepair & Conversion has completed maintenance and repair works on the newest member of CMV’s fleet, the cruise ship Columbus. The full scope of works was concluded within a tight timescale, thus ensuring that the vessel could sail to the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, UK in time for her naming ceremony and inaugural cruise.Upload News