Port Defender exercise on Princess Seaways



From 9-12 April a huge anti-terrorism exercise took place in Amsterdam and IJmuiden and at sea.

On 11 April, Princess was the centre of the action as she was ‘hijacked’ by a couple of terrorists on open sea. Many emergency services were involved, including Royal Navy and Police special forces, to overpower the terrorists and free the hostages. Specially trained divers in explosives clearance had to secure our berth before the ship could dock and victims were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Due to the scale of the exercise and the involvement of all forces needed to handle a hijacking, this was a perfect way to improve cooperation between land, special forces and ship.

Thank you Rianne Pels for sending this story and video!

April 25, 2018