A Maritime Laywer’s Perspective: Negligence May Have Caused Fatal Explosion on Peruvian Cruise

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Port of Iquitos, Peru

When writing news updates, we always hope to hear of improvement or resolution. After all, no one likes a tragic ending. Especially when real human lives are involved, it is always our desire to be able to bring you news that can be uplifting. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Earlier this week, the Aqua Amazon cruise suffered an explosion on board the ship. The incident occurred around noon on Saturday, while the ship was taking on fuel in the port of Iquitos, Peru. At the time of the initial reporting, it was known that several people were dead and missing.

Today, we bring you the unfortunate news that five of the cruise staff are still missing. We are thankful to report that no passengers were on board or injured during the accident. However, we send our thoughts and condolences to the families of those who are yet to be found.

Those who were injured were workers of the cruise line.

Photos reveal that cruise line personnel and firefighters responded to the fire, extinguishing the flames as the ship sunk into the water. A Peruvian report explains that a short circuit is suspected to have been the cause of the explosion. However, the official cause is yet to be confirmed.

Negligence to Blame

Police also believe that negligence may be to blame for the loss of life, as the ship reportedly did not comply with refueling safety measures. As tragic as this event is, it is not the first time that an incident like this one has happened.

Last winter, a similar boat caught fire in the Itaya River, a tributary of the Amazon, due to improper refueling methods.

The fact that this is a repeat incident causes us to take note. Refueling a ship is both an important and potentially hazardous procedure. With so many people aboard a ship, the cruise lines and refueling stations owe it to the workers and their families to ensure that the refueling process is as safe and efficient as possible.

In the future, we hope to see an increase in safety measures, not just for Amazon River cruises, but for all cruise lines in operation. With the right preparation and technique, lives will not be at risk, and cruises can operate in a timely manner.

LMAW is Here to Help

If you or someone in your life has suffered catastrophic injuries due to negligence at sea, we are here to help. You owe it to yourself to rest your case in the hands of an experienced maritime lawyer. We understand maritime law and will do our best to help you get your life back on track. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.