Gas cylinder exploded on board of cruise ship Emerald Princess at Port Chalmers, New Zealand. The explosion caused death of one seamen and the 45-kg gas bottle exploded and flew through the air, killing the crew member and landed on the berth. There were no injured passengers or other seamen. The explosion happened during technical work on the hydraulic launching system on board of the cruise liner. The accident was reported to the local authorities and the vessel was detained at the dock in Port Chalmers for further investigation and inspection. The cruise ship Emerald Princess was scheduled to leave Port Chalmers at 1600 AU time on February 8, but delayed with departure and left the port only today morning.
“The first reports indicate that the incident happened during technical work on the hydraulic launching system on a tender vessel”, said the Corporate communications manager for Carnival Australia, David Jones. “We are deeply saddened that a member of Emerald Princess’ crew was fatally injured in the incident”, added he.
Carnival Australia was working closely with police and other authorities and assisting in their response and inquiries. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
Emerald Princess (IMO: 9333151) is a Grand-class cruise ship for Princess Cruises that entered service in April 2007. The vessel has overall length of 289.00 m, moulded beam of 36.00 m and maximum draft of 8.80 m. The deadweight of the ship is 8,400 DWT and the gross tonnage is 113,561 GRT. The vessel Emerald Princess was launched by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri Monfalcone on June 1, 2006.