Fallout Continues after Cruise Worker Explosion Death

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Posted: January 16, 2019

The fallout continues after a cruise ship worker was killed in an explosion nearly two years ago. 
The incident occurred in February 2017, when a cruise ship crew member was tending to a gas cylinder when it suddenly exploded. 

According to Stuff.co.nz, the explosion, which killed 32 year old Allan Allarde Navales, occurred due to the severe corrosion of the tank. A report by New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) found that the corrosion had reduced the cylinder’s thickness to just 30 percent of its normal width. 

In a statement Chief Investigator of Accidents, Captain Tim Burfoot, said that "The failed cylinder and several others in the system were not fit for purpose, despite having been surveyed recently, and should not have been in service."

Now, officials are sounding the alarm and warning authorities at other cruise companies to inspect their cylinders and replace those that are worn so that another senseless tragedy of this type does not happen again.