Holland America Line is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to
determine why the Ryndam released partially treated wastewater
while docked in Juneau Aug. 17.
The Coast Guard reports that wastewater from sinks, showers and
the sewage system overflowed storage tanks and spilled out into the
Once the crew realized what was happening, the wastewater was
diverted to an empty tank and additional spillage was prevented,
the Coast Guard said.
Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord said the wastewater was
partially treated and about to undergo the final filtration
“It wasn’t raw,” he said. “It was treated; nevertheless it
should not have been released. Had it gone through the final
filtration, we could have released it.”
Elvejord said there was “some human error” involved in the
discharge. The extent of the discharge was also uncertain, he
“Our initial number is 250 to 1,000 gallons,” Elvejord said.
“The Coast Guard put out a number of 40,000. We don’t think it’s
that high, but it’s not 250.”
The Coast Guard will issue a report on its findings and has the
authority to seek civil penalties against Holland America.
Holland America Line is introducing a new alternative restaurant
on two sister ships next month.
The new Pinnacle Grill will be installed on the Statendam and
the Ryndam during regularly scheduled dry-docks in early
The 66-seat restaurants will offer Pacific Northwest cuisine,
including steaks, seafood and wine from the region. There will be
many tables for two near windows.
Reservations will be taken for the grill. There will be a
service charge of $15.
The grill will be located in space formerly occupied by part of
the Explorers Lounge and Kings Room private dining area on the
Upper Promenade Deck.