(Update: 9:45 a.m. EDT) -- Emerald Princess is now on its way back to Sydney following the conclusion of the police investigation into the death of a crew member killed by a gas explosion. The ship will arrive in Sydney as scheduled on February 13, though it has been forced to miss a port call at Fiorland.
(8:50 a.m. EDT) -- An Emerald Princess crew member has died following a gas explosion which took place while the ship was alongside at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, yesterday.
First reports indicate that the incident happened during technical work on the hydraulic launching system on a tender vessel.
The ship will stay in Port Chalmers overnight until it is given clearance from the local authorities to depart.
Princess Cruises released the following statement: "We are deeply saddened that a member of Emerald Princess crew was fatally injured in the incident."
The line added that it was working closely with local police and other authorities in assisting in their response and inquiries.
According to Brisbane-based the Courier-Mail, the explosion happened at the back of the ship and could be heard more than two kilometers (1.2 miles) away.
Emerald Princess is currently on a 12-night round trip cruise from Sydney to destinations in New Zealand.
--By Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor