Russian 'Ghost Ship' Turns Up Off Irish Coast
It's an environmental danger: French group
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 7:21 AM CST
A 2010 image of the ship.   (Wikimedia Commons/Lilpop,Rau&Loewenstein)

(Newser) – An empty Russian cruise ship lost at sea for weeks has turned up some 1,300 nautical miles off Ireland's west coast, reports AFP via PhysOrg. The Lyubov Orlova was being towed from Canada to the Dominican Republic when a tug line broke in late January, setting it adrift. One subsequent attempt to secure it failed, leading to fears the ship would be lost for good, but authorities hold out hope they'll be able to corral it. "I'm trying my best," ship owner Reza Shoeybi tells Canada's CBC News. "I'm talking to a few people in Ireland—salvage companies—perhaps to partner up with them and retrieve her." One big snag: Its GPS system is no longer functioning as it drifts toward Europe, notes Gizmodo.

The ship had been docked at a Newfoundland port for two years before the decision was made to have it towed away for scrap. And even though its only passengers are now rats, a French environmental group says it poses an "imminent" risk, reports a separate AFP story. It has no functioning lights for one thing. "In case of a collision or sinking or any accident, the Lyubov Orlova will immediately release fuel, pyralene and other toxic liquids," the group says.

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Chim Chim
Aug 24, 2014 11:39 AM CDT
I don't understand why these things are saved and made "low grade" criminal jails....
Jul 17, 2013 11:40 PM CDT
For sure, U. S. Coast Guard never would have washed it's hands. Whether forcing the company, calling for help, or going through international law, "iq145," you're certainly right about Canada. What a sham. I'm not kidding when I say, "Call the Mounties." The nation's national law enforcement agency has long arms, & many powers.
May 27, 2013 4:37 PM CDT
Once the ship drifted into international waters, the Canadian government had largely washed its hands of the issue. As reported back in February, Canada's transportation department said in a statement it was 'very unlikely that the vessel will re-enter waters under Canadian jurisdiction.'