Scylla Cruises Edelweiss Waal River Collision Nijmegen Netherlands – On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, around 0400 hours, Scylla Cruises river cruise ship MS Edelweiss passengers were brutally awakened after a cargo ship loaded with cargo, was involved in a collision with the river cruise ship.
MS Edelweiss was sailing in the Waal River near the Dutch province of Gelderland in the city of Nijmegen, located in the Netherlands.
MS Edelweiss hull was punctured, creating a massive hole which also resulted in a fire aboard. Crew aboard fought the fire, dousing the flames, but train traffic was halted, while the structural integrity of the bridge support was checked.
There were 160 passengers and 80 crew members aboard at the time of the collision, the passengers were transported to shore by ships from the fire department and Rijkswaterstaat. The crew members remained aboard. The Rijkswaterstaat is the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management.
“All passengers were immediately evacuated by the local emergency services and brought to the city hall of Nijmegen in complete safety”, the shipping company said. All crew members stayed on board. The company is working on retrieving the passengers’ personal belongings from the ship, and another river cruise ship from Scylla Cruises is being sent to transfer passengers for rest of their cruise.
MS Edelweiss is operated by Thurgau Travel and is registered in Switzerland. The cruise ship was built in 2013 at Vahali Shipyards (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). MS Edelweiss has 3 decks with 90 cabins which had accomodate 90-180 passengers. Passengers have their choice of 2 restaurants – “Jungfrau” and “Matterhorn” with a choice between à la carte and buffet.
The collision with the cargo ship pushed the cruise ship into a concrete support of the railway bridge over the river about 2 km north of the village of Lent located on the north bank of the Waal River, close to the German border.
The River Waal is the main channel in the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta system, carries 65% of the total flow of the Rhine, the major waterway connecting the port of Rotterdam to Germany. Before it reaches Rotterdam, it joins with the Afgedamde Maas near Woudrichem to form the Boven Merwede. Along its length, Nijmegen, Tiel, Zaltbommel and Gorinchem are towns with direct access to the river.
The Waal River is one of three branches of Rhine River. The Waal is the deepest and widest river, and therefore also the most important shipping route, in the Netherlands. An average of 165,000 ships pass along the Waal each year, many of them Dutch. The Dutch inland-navigation fleet is the biggest in Europe.
The Waal has significant poor water quality due to discharge of raw sewage originating from Belgium, France and Germany. A number of pathogens such as noroviruses have been found to occur in the river waters from such sewage. The majority of the virus contamination was derived from urban sewage, although very divergent strains and one animal strain were also detected in the surface and sewage waters. Rotaviruses were also detected.
River fish and the fishing sector that depended on them were the first to be confronted with this, and more and more often towards the end of the nineteenth century, pollution would damage the quantity, quality, and diversity of the river fish such as yellow perch, asp, carp, pike and zanders.
A pedestrian bridge across the river is being built beginning Monday March 25, 2019. The bridge will be the longest concrete 3D-printed in the world. The pedestrian bridge has a span of 28.5 m(93.50 feet) and a width of 3.6 m(11.81 feet) and will be printed in parts. These parts are then assembled on site.
In 2018, Nijmegen was the first Dutch city to call itself European Green Capital, the sustainable capital of Europe. The Green Capital year brought a lot of extra attention to sustainability in the city.
Some of the northernmost wineries in the world are found just outside Nijmegen, around Groesbeek, a suburban village south-east of Nijmege.
Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, the first to be recognized as such in Roman times, and in 2005 celebrated 2,000 years of existence.
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Video: Netherlands: The river Waal at Nijmegen