Russian 'Ghost Ship' Vanishes
Lyubov Orlova hasn't been heard from since March 12
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 8:39 AM CDT
The Lyubov Orlova.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Months after a Russian "ghost ship" turned up adrift off the Irish coast, she's gone missing again. The Lyubov Orlova's tow line broke back in January, as the cruise ship was being hauled from Canada to the Dominican Republic as scrap. The ship, empty except for an infestation of rats, was located in February, but disappeared again and now has not been seen since March 12, CBC reports. Some are speculating that the 328-foot-long vessel may have sunk, LiveScience reports. And if that's the case, a French environmental organization is worried: It says the ship could leak toxic fluids into the ocean.

A new tow line was actually attached to the ship back in February, by the oil industry supply ship that spotted it. But since the cruise ship was in international waters and thus not under Canada's jurisdiction, Transport Canada ordered the oil ship to release it. In March, one of the Lyubov Orlova's emergency beacons indicated it was more than 800 miles off Newfoundland, drifting toward Ireland or Iceland, though that location was not confirmed. (Sail World notes that the beacon likely would have been activated after contact with the water, adding to sinking fears.)

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Jan 26, 2014 11:48 AM CST
I don't understand why the company towing the ship would not install a beacon to it in case of such an incident.
Jan 26, 2014 2:19 AM CST
A rat-infested 'ghost ship'? Sounds like a scene from Nosferatu ...
Jan 25, 2014 6:13 PM CST
I know next to nothing about the workings of the shipping industry and the cruise industry, but they certainly have been in the news a lot lately with all sorts of problems. Why are there always rats on ships? Where are they coming from anyway? This whole thing is a disaster waiting to happen.