River cruise collision in Rotterdam injures 18 passengers

Cruise ships collide in Rotterdam. Credit: Mediatv.nl/Joey Bremer

A 220-passenger river cruise vessel has crashed into another river cruise vessel moored near the Eastern Quay of the Nieuwe Maas distributary, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The MS Alina collided with its stern into the mid-body of the Viking Skadi just before noon on 16 April.

As a result of the collision, 18 people were injured on board MS Alina, 11 of which were attended to on the dock and 7 of which required immediate medical treatment, having reported several fractures and back-related injuries. There were no crew or passengers on the Viking Skadi at the time of the accident.

According to one of the passengers, as reported by a local Dutch news agency, the ship wanted to turn into the Nieuwe Maas distributary and hit the other ship during the process.

The moored Viking Skadi sustained no visible damage during the accident. The MS Alina suffered damage to its stern.

Both 135-m long vessels sail under the Switzerland flag. The MS Alina was built in 2011, with a sistership MS Amelia (built in 2012). The 45-crew riverboat is owned by Scylla AG (via Scylla Cruises) and currently operated under charter by the German cruise tour company Phoenix Reisen.

Viking Skadi was built in 2012 and is owned and operated by Viking River Cruises. It is the latest generation of Viking Cruises’ longship to hit the water.

Following the accident, MS Alina has since continued its cruise tour, berthing in Ghent on 17 April with a final destination to Cologne on 20 April. The Viking Skadi sailed from Rotterdam on 17 April and was bound for Hoorn, Netherlands.