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Family to receive $360k after cruise ship worker's death in Dunedin explosion

A cruise ship company will pay $360,000 dollars in reparation to the family of a crew member killed on their ship in Dunedin in 2017.

Allan Navales died when the gas cylinder he was refilling exploded on the Emerald Princess on 9 February 2017 while it was docked in Port Chalmers - an accident the Transport Accident Investigation Commission said was preventable.

The commission, which released its report into the accident last Thursday, singled out a lack of training and the absence of robust inspection standards as major causes.

The ship's operator, Princess Cruise Lines, was ordered to pay $250,000 in reparation for consequential loss and $110,000 in emotional harm reparation when the case came before the Dunedin District Court today.

It has also been served a $15,000 fine.

Maritime New Zealand was originally seeking for Princess Cruise Lines to pay $812,000 in reparation to Mr Navales' family in the Philippines, who it said he was supporting because they were "living in poverty."

A person died after a gas bottle reportedly exploded on board a cruise ship near Dunedin. Source: 1 NEWS

In the sentencing decision, Judge Kevin Phillips said he accepted that Mr Navales was primarily working on the ship as a means to support his family, including his extremely ill 63-year-old mother, and his daughter.

"He was placed in a situation where there were clear deficiencies, failures and omissions and as a result, he died."

Judge Phillips noted that Princess Cruise Lines had revised its policies and procedures as a result of the accident, and had shown high levels of regret and concern.

Princess Cruise Lines has already paid the family $100,000 of the reparation ordered, and about $15,000 to send his body home.

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A crew member died on the Emerald Princess when a gas cylinder exploded. Source: 1 NEWS