AIDA Aura, a 200-meter long, 2,000 crew-and-passenger cruise ship, struck a buoy on February 16, while attempting to enter the Dixon Cove channel. “Due to moderate winds combined with current pushing to the same direction the captain decided to abort the entry into Mahogany Bay. While pushing the bow to the wind again to enable the ship to advance out of the channel, the stern lost some height and slightly touched the superstructure of one of the channel buoys,” wrote about the incident Hansjörg Kunze, Vice President Marketing & Communication for AIDA Cruises.
The ship suffered no damage, “not even paint damage.” While the buoy, placed on a pillar, wasn’t damaged, the pillar’s reeling and service platform were. AIDA quickly communicated with Agencia Naviera del Caribe port agency and secured anchorage in Coxen Hole. An AIDA representative assures that AIDA suffered no loss of revenue due to loss of tours.
AIDA Aura was built in Germany in 2003 and is operated by a German tour operator. AIDA Aura had visited Mahogany on seven prior occasions. This was its second time at Port of Roatan. [/private]