Cruise Ship

ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Incident Type

Crew / Passenger Deaths (Engine Room Explosion)

Date of Accident

March 22, 2024

Location of Accident

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

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Introduction

A tragic incident occurred on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam on March 22, 2024, at approximately 9:30 am local time while anchored at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. An engine room explosion resulted in the deaths of two crew members, Joseph Terrado and Wawan Gusnawan, during maintenance work.

Details of the Incident

The explosion was caused by a faulty expansion compensator in the engine room while the crew members were installing filters. The intense steam release led to fatal injuries for Terrado and Gusnawan. Despite immediate response efforts, the intense conditions in the engine room prevented their rescue. The accident prompted a full evacuation and safety measures, including the closure of watertight doors and ventilation shutdown.

Operational Context

This incident underscores the potential dangers associated with mechanical systems on board and the critical nature of emergency preparedness. The Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid (OVV) or Dutch Safety Board has initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause and prevent future occurrences. The event took place during a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise, adding a somber note to the journey.

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