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/
Search for man lost over board suspended
The US Coast Guard suspended its search on Aug 2, 2018, for a man reported overboard from the "Amsterdam" in Sitka Sound, Alaska. Two Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews searched a total of 163-square miles in the Sitka Sound, from Cape Ommaney to Biorka Island and surrounding waters in efforts to locate the man. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received notification on Aug 1 at 9 p.m. from the "Amsterdam" reporting the man missing after he did not show up for his shift. The master was made aware of the missing man at 7:45 p.m. The crew made extensive searches of the vessel, but did not locate the crew member. Weather was reported as 45-mph winds, low visibility, 7-10 foot seas, a water temperature of 55 degrees and an air temperature of 62 degrees.
Holland America ship Amsterdam to offer extended Hawaii voyages
Holland America Line is to offer nine extended Hawaii itineraries onboard two of its cruise ships between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Both Eurodam and Amsterdam will sail a series of 16- to 20-day voyages to various destinations in Hawaii, departing from ports in Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; and San Diego and Los Angeles, California. The ships will take guests to Hilo, Nawiliwili, Lahaina and Kona, with most itineraries featuring an overnight call in Honolulu.Upload News