Engine Room Explosion Claims Lives of Two Crew Members

A Holland America Line cruise ship at sea
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On Friday, March 22, 2024, a devastating accident aboard the Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship resulted in the deaths of two crew members. 

The incident occurred in the engine room during the installation of filters by Joseph Terrado, a third engineer, and Wawan Gusnawan, a wiper. An explosion of a steam compensator released a massive amount of steam into the area. Tragically, the two men were unable to reach safety as the emergency alarm and evacuation system had automatically sealed the exit doors with hydraulic locks. It is believed that the cause of death was a combination of the extreme heat and a lack of oxygen. Their bodies were later found near a water-tight door that had been closed.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has initiated an investigation to determine the precise events that led to this tragedy. Holland America Line has expressed its intention to fully support the investigation and has reiterated its dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone aboard its vessels.

The Nieuw Amsterdam had set sail from Fort Lauderdale on March 16 for a week-long voyage and was anchored at Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, at the time of the accident, which occurred at 9 AM on March 22nd. Holland America Line has extended its deepest sympathies to those affected by the incident and is offering counseling services to crew members in need. The company has yet to disclose further details about the accident as investigations continue.