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Inexperienced captain breaks Keizersgracht ice

31 December 2008 – Yesterday, an inexperienced captain of a canal cruise boat broke the ice of the Keizersgracht, to the indignation of prospective skaters. The water company has closed the Keizersgracht for boats as of today.

In addition, pumping engines and dams have been put in ‘skating mode’. This will stop the water underneath the ice from flowing, so as to speed up the freezing.

Yesterday, photographer Thomas Schlijper published a video of a cruise boat breaking the ice of the Keizersgracht. The video caused heated discussions at the Amsterdam Centraal website.

In the comments, Walther Schoonenberg of Friends of the Amsterdam Inner City says cruise company Meyers Rondvaarten violated regulations by breaking the ice. He adds that district council members have announced that they are going to ask questions about the issue.

A spokesperson of Meyers Rondvaarten says that the ice was broken by an inexperienced captain. Since no signs had yet been put up, he did not know that he had to keep clear of the Keizersgracht. “That’s all there is to it”.

UPDATE 4 January – In the Centrum District, D66 has asked questions about the issue. On Amsterdam Centraal, the self-proclaimed captain denies being inexperienced; the problem was that there were no signs.


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