TERNEUZEN, Netherlands — Five people were slightly injured when a Viking River Cruises ship collided with a petroleum tanker in the North Sea near the Netherlands, according to the Zeeland Safety Region. A crew member of the cruise ship was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to investigators.
The Viking Idun collided with the ship around midnight local time near the port Terneuzen in the Netherlands, which is located in the province of Zeeland.
Both ships were damaged, but the damage was above the water line, so neither ship was in danger of sinking, according to tweets from the safety region.
A Colorado woman posted photos and videos of the damaged ship on Facebook. According to her post, they were on the Tulips and Windmills cruise, which starts and ends in Amsterdam.
The tanker was loaded with petroleum and was on its way to Antwerp, Belgium. No one on that ship was hurt, the Zeeland Safety Agency said.
The ships were escorted to the port and were expected to be inspected in the morning to determine whether they would be able to continue their journeys.
The Idun is a 442-foot long river cruise ship, according to boat tracking website MarineTraffic. It's more of a riverboat than a massive luxury cruise liner. The Idun takes passengers down European rivers. There were only 171 passengers and 44 crew members on board.
According to MarineTraffic, the tanker the Idun collided with, the Chemical Marketer, was en route from Turkey to Antwerp. The Chemical Marketer weighs over 18 million pounds and is 440 feet long.
Viking Cruises gave 9NEWS a statement at 1:30 p.m. acknowledging the crash. According to the statement, no guests were injured. The Zeeland Safety Region statement that five people were hurt on the Idun did not specify if those people were crew or passengers.
The Idun was on its way to Ghent from Antwerp - a journey of about 40 miles.
"The [Idun] sustained some damage near the bow and is currently docked in Terneuzen with all guests," the statement reads. "While damage of the ship is being assessed, guests will continue with a modified version of the itinerary."
The company said they hope to have the ship ready for re-launch April 4.
Late last month, a Viking Sky cruise ship had engine trouble off the western coast of Norway. Afraid of dashing up on the rocks, it anchored amid heavy seas and high winds and evacuated the more than 1,300 people on board.
Steve and Shelly Eitel of Roxborough Park were two of the more than a hundred people rescued from that ship.
"We went flying on our couches and chairs to the other side of the deck," Shelly Eitel said. "I mean we lost our food obviously, but everything was going everywhere."
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