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« on: February 09, 2017, 11:05:54 AM »

"A crew member has been killed on board the cruise ship Emerald Princess at Port Chalmers wharf after a gas cylinder exploded.

The Herald understands inflatable vessels were being reinflated on deck seven when a 45kg gas cylinder exploded and flew through the air, killing the crew member."

""First reports indicate that the incident happened during some technical work on the hydraulic launching system on a tender vessel," he said."

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11797775

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2017, 06:56:45 AM »

"New Zealand's investigators on Friday began a probe into how a Filipino crew member died while a Bermuda-registered cruise ship was docked in the South Island city of Dunedin.

Police were called to the port late Thursday after reports that a gas cylinder had exploded on the Emerald Princess cruise ship, killing the unnamed Filipino man.

Two Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) investigators arrived at the ship in Port Chalmers early Friday, said a TAIC statement.

"The Bermuda authorities where the ship is registered have been informed that an investigation by the commission is underway," it said. "

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2017, 06:59:02 AM »

"Shipping containers were used to shield the scene as investigators, including police, conducted a scene examination.

Shops and the casino on board the vessel could not be opened, so free shuttle buses were put on for passengers who wanted to go to Dunedin.

Some were still shaken from the incident, with the mood described on board the vessel as "sombre".

One visibly upset Australian man said he looked out after hearing "an almighty explosion".

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2017, 07:06:50 AM »

"The explosion, which could be heard almost two kilometres away, was at the stern of the 113,000-tonne ship, which can carry 3082 passengers.

It is believed the accident happened while the ship’s lifeboats were being reinflated on one of the decks."

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/emerald-princess-man-killed-in-cruise-ship-explosion/news-story/1ed730bc1321fc70cd372258ef8f89b5

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2017, 07:12:27 AM »

Ms Wyatt said passengers had wandered around the ship quietly after Captain William Kent announced there had been an accident.

"The captain was so shaken up, he was in such distress.

"You could tell, he had to keep stopping talking to announce it and just said that there'd been a tragic accident and kind of explained it and just said for now we just had to sit and wait."

Ms Wyatt and her husband Dennis were among about 40 passengers who climbed the hill to Port Chalmers Presbyterian Church today, seeking solace within its walls.

The church was not open, but Ms Wyatt said cleaners opened its doors and let people inside."

"Meredith Schmahl said she and her friend, Dianne Bartalot from Virginia, wanted to thank Captain Kent for his leadership.

"The captain has been so open and updating us and I know there were some complaints, and it's like, he does not deserve that, he's been the consummate professional and and just really taking charge of everything."

A Carnival Australia spokesman said the company was deeply saddened by the crewman's death.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/324243/'it's-a-pretty-horrific-thing-to-happen-on-a-holiday-cruise'

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017, 07:16:30 AM »

"The ship's captain announced the death to passengers in a sombre message through the ship's intercom.

"I repeat my earlier announcement for those of you who didn't hear my announcement, as I know quite a few of you were ashore as we had a tragic incident occur this afternoon at approximately 17:10."

"One of my crew members was filling a nitrogen gas bottle ... and unfortunately one of the cylinders exploded, tragically killing the crew member.

"As the protocol requires, we are remaining alongside until an investigation is carried out."

Local Maritime Union worker Phil Adams says the explosion was massive.

"It was a hell of a bang," Mr Adams said."

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/02/explosion-on-cruise-ship-at-port-chalmers.html
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2017, 07:21:09 AM »

"Passengers rushed over to the side of the ship and saw a severed hand lying near a gas cylinder on the concrete wharf below.

"The arm/hand was carried away in an ice bucket."

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/blast-kills-crewman
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2017, 07:28:55 AM »

"Mr White says the cylinder powered a gantry that lifted the lifeboats on and off the ship."

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/324165/one-dead-after-gas-bottle-explodes-on-cruise-ship
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