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Filipino killed in Port Chalmers blast

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/02/2017

The crew member who died in an explosion aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship at Port Chalmers, near Dunedin, was from the Philippines, police say.

"The crewmember who died is a Filipino man and police are working with the cruise liner to support his family at this sad time," Inspector Jason Guthries said in a statement on Friday morning.

A gas canister is believed to have exploded on board the ship on Thursday afternoon. No one else was injured.

Police have completed their scene examination and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission is now dealing with the probe into the man's death.

The ship, which can carry 3080 passengers, was on a 12-night round trip from Sydney to destinations in New Zealand. It remained at Port Chalmers on Friday morning.

Cruise operator Carnival Australia says it is deeply saddened by the crew member's death.

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