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Russian cruise, once frequent Falklands visitor, adrift in the North Atlantic

Saturday, February 23rd 2013 - 06:22 UTC
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Lyubov Orlova has been spotted drifting towards the Irish coast Lyubov Orlova has been spotted drifting towards the Irish coast

A Russian cruise ship Lyubov Orlova, at one time a frequent summer visitor to the Falklands, abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2.400 kilometres off the west coast of Ireland.

With no crew or warning lights, the Russian built Lyubov Orlova has been adrift for two months and maritime authorities had been uncertain of its precise location.

According to a document from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Lyubov Orlova has been spotted at the coordinates 49-22.70N and 044-51.34W, or roughly 1300 nautical miles from the Irish coast.

The details were listed in a Daily Memorandum Atlantic Edition, a maritime update put out by the intelligence agency, which analyses satellite imagery and creates detailed maps for the US government.

With only rats as its passengers, the Lyubov Orlova had left Canada's shores on January 23 to be towed to a scrap-yard in the Dominican Republic. But a day later, the cable snapped, leaving it stranded in international waters.

It was then secured by the Atlantic Hawk, a supply vessel in the offshore oil industry, which managed to take the ship under tow before it drifted off yet again.

Canada's transport authority has said the ship - abandoned for two years - was no longer its concern, as the vessel had left the country's waters. But officials said the owner was responsible for its movements.

Earlier this week, Canadian officials acknowledged they did not know the location of the ship, as the vessel's global positioning system was no longer working. But the information locating the ship shows the derelict vessel is slowly heading towards Europe, having drifted at least 800 kilometres toward the European coastline.

The vessel which is a sister ship to Clipper Adventurer was seized at St John’s, Newfoundland, reportedly due to unpaid debts of 251,000 US dollars owed to the charterer, Cruise North Expeditions after a cruise was cancelled due to faults with the vessel.

The vessel, which ran aground at Deception Island in 2006, but was towed off safely, had been tied up in the St. John’s harbour for more than two years.


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  • Think


    How strange…….................

    An article about an old Malvinas ship, cruising from America to Ireland with Canadian rats as only passengers…….
    An article about a European Queendom’s economy being down rated by a moody American Company…..

    Yet not a word about the III Africa-South America (ASA) Summit, just ended in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea......

    On this III Summit, attended by many South-American and African presidents, it was decided to integrate Central America & the Caribbean to the organization…..

    And, I nearly forgot,……..:

    The 54 member Countries of the African Union decided, in unison, to recognize “Argentina’s legitimate sovereignty rights over the Malvinas, Georgias & Sandwich del Sur Islands, including all the adjacent maritime territories”

    This would never happen in a serious South-Atlantic News Agency….
    Chuckle chuckle©

    Feb 23rd, 2013 - 07:17 am 0
  • Escoses Doido

    Wow think, youv'e really blown us out of the water with that.

    Oh dear, the FIG/UK better adhere to the opinion of that group of 54 bull-shitters immediately!

    Feb 23rd, 2013 - 08:17 am 0
  • Anglotino

    Mmmmm how strange!

    Nothing in this article about the UK's credit rating.
    Nothing in this article an Africa-South America summit.
    Nothing in this article about the African Union.

    And if that wasn't interesting enough.....
    Nothing in this article about “an old Malvinas ship”.

    What was in the article?
    A ship that was impounded for unpaid debts..... sound familiar to anyone?

    No wonder Think was so quick to comment.

    Assets frozen and sold for unpaid debts in another country is just so....... Argentinean.

    Feb 23rd, 2013 - 08:24 am 0
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