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Two cruise ship crew members killed in maintenance accident

Two crew members of cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam (IMO 9378450) died on March 22nd when the ship was moored at Half Moon Cay, a private island of the Holland-America Line in the Caribbean.

The accident happened in the engine room when two crew members, Joseph Terrado, Third engineer and Wawan Gusnawan, wiper were installing filters. According to some reports, but not yet officially confirmed, a steam compensator exploded and flooded the engine room with steam. The two crew members tried to escape but the exit doors were hydraulically shut because of the activation of the emergency alarm and evacuation system. The two crew members could have been killed by the intense heat of the steam explosion, or by a subsequent lack of oxygen. Their bodies were recovered near the closed watertight door.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has launched an inquiry to establish for sure the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. Holland America Line announced that it would cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.

Nieuw Amsterdam had departed from Fort Lauderdale on March 16th for a seven-nights’ holiday. Nieuw Amsterdam has resumed its commercial itinerary.

2010-built, Netherlands-flagged, 86,273 gt Nieuw Amsterdam is owned by Hal Antillen NV care of Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington State, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, Gard and UK Club. As of March 25th the vessel was underway from Port Everglades to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.