Time Critical Shipping Solutions to Stranded Cruise Ship, "AIDAaura"

By: Crane Worldwide Logistics

December 19, 2018

Crane Worldwide Logistics Time Critical Shipping Solutions to Cruise Ship, "AIDAaura" Stranded on the Cape Verde Islands


The cruise ship, AIDAaura, owned by AIDA Cruises was making the trip of a lifetime for 1.000 passengers traveling from Hamburg, Germany to South American, Australia, and South Africa. The ship was scheduled to be at sea for 117 days until the generator failed, stranding the AIDAaura in the port of Mindelo on the Cape Verde Island. 


It was determined that cable damage was the source of the generator failure while the ship was crossing the Atlantic. Although no passengers or crew were in danger, preparing hot meals and washing dishes for the 1,000 passengers was no easy task.  


Christian Dassereto, Business Development Manager at Crane Worldwide Logistics Italy, received the urgent call requesting replacement parts for the ship and jumped into action on the evening of October 17th.  Eight packages of cables were sent by air from Genoa APT to Sao Vicente within 24 hours. Crane Worldwide Logistics chartered Antonov 26 and met the critical timeline.  


During the unloading of the shipment, the captain of the ship discovered other equipment and supplies were in need of repair. To the rescue again, Crane Worldwide Logistics chartered Antonov 12 and shipped 20 pieces that landed a day later.  With necessary repairs made, AidaAura continued its journey. We hope the only new adventures are the ones the passengers signed up for!


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