Holland America cruise ship workers were boiled to death when steam compensator EXPLODED in engine room

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Named as engineer Joseph Terrado and wiper Wawan Gusnawan by a maritime lawyer, the two were killed by an explosion on board the Nieuw Amsterdam ship
  • Holland America issued a statement saying the tragedy unfolded ‘in an engineering space on board’ while the boat was anchored at Half Moon Cay
  • Maritime attorney Jim Walker said ‘an explosion in the engine room resulted in the release of steam’ which led to the deaths around 10am Friday  

Two Holland America cruise ship workers were seemingly boiled to death when a steam compensator exploded in the engine room while it was docked close to the Bahamas. 

Named as engineer Joseph Terrado and wiper Wawan Gusnawan by a maritime lawyer, the two were killed by an explosion on board the Nieuw Amsterdam ship at around 9am Friday. 

Holland America issued a statement saying the tragedy unfolded ‘in an engineering space on board’ while the boat was anchored at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

‘The appropriate authorities were notified, and the cause of the incident is currently being investigated,’ the Seattle-based cruise line said in a statement. 

‘All of us at Holland America are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with our team members’ families at this difficult time.’ 

Two Holland America cruise ship workers were seemingly boiled to death when a steam compensator exploded in the engine room (pictured) while it was docked close to the Bahamas

Named as engineer Joseph Terrado and wiper Wawan Gusnawan by a maritime lawyer, the two were killed by an explosion on board the Nieuw Amsterdam ship (pictured) at around 9am Friday

Named as engineer Joseph Terrado and wiper Wawan Gusnawan by a maritime lawyer, the two were killed by an explosion on board the Nieuw Amsterdam ship (pictured) at around 9am Friday

The cruise line added that the ‘safety, security and welfare of all guests and crew’ are the company’s ‘absolute priority’, and they are offering counseling services to anyone affected by the incident. 

Maritime attorney Jim Walker, of Walker & O’Neill Maritime Lawyers, said ‘an explosion in the engine room resulted in the release of steam’ which led to the deaths. 

‘The catastrophic explosion, combined with a series of mistakes in responding to the accident, caused the deaths of HAL employees Joseph Terrado and Wawan Gusnawan,’ he said. 

Walker added that Terrado, from the Philippines, and Gusnawan, from Indonesia, were ‘installing filters when a steam compensator unrelated to their duties exploded’. 

He said the piece of equipment which malfunctioned was the ‘thermal expansion joint’ within the compensator. 

The explosion released steam into the engine room, triggering an alarm. Staff reportedly closed the water-tight doors and shut down the ventilation to the space before evacuating – but two members were still inside. 

A maritime attorney said the piece of equipment which malfunctioned was the 'thermal expansion joint' within the compensator (pictured)

A maritime attorney said the piece of equipment which malfunctioned was the ‘thermal expansion joint’ within the compensator (pictured)

Terrado and Gusnawan were not equipped with breathing devices, according to Walker, and they could not manually open the hydraulic doors.  

‘They were trapped in the space,’ Walker said. ‘They apparently suffocated due to the lack of oxygen and hot steam (180 degrees Celsius) which overwhelmed them. Their bodies were located near the closed water tight doors. 

The Nieuw Amsterdam’s homeport is Fort Lauderdale and it set sail on March 16 on a seven-night voyage, according to Abc News. 

DailyMail.com has contacted Holland America for more information. 

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