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Russian ghost ship found adrift near Ireland

February 22, 2013, 9:52 amAFP

A RUSSIAN cruise ship abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2400 kilometers off the west coast of Ireland.

Russian ghost ship found adrift near Ireland
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The Lyubov Orlova. Photo: Getty Images


A RUSSIAN cruise ship abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2400 kilometers off the west coast of Ireland.

With no crew or warning lights, the ship 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 scrapyard 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.


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  1. BORAT 110:55am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why don't the RAF use it for bombing practise. After all its only passengers are RATS!!! Politicians, car salesmen real estate salesmen, oil company executives etc etc etc Do us all the world of good eh!

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  2. Aces High09:48am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    y dont our govenment buy it...load our worst darkland losers on it ,fill it full of c4 and send them on a wee one way cruise....cheaper than keepin them in jail!!! Graham burton...william bell...tape hotene...dean cameron..bruce house....oh the list goes on!!bon voyage

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  3. Liz07:35am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Fill it full of explosives and tow it into pirate waters.

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  4. Patteson06:20am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    You know I can't have your ghost chips or ship.Its full of rats.

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  5. 06:12am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Not bad for a Russian ship. Normally you just have to look at them and they sink!

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  6. Patteson06:10am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The only way to getrid off the boat and its rats is blow it up.

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  7. MEGABITE107:01pm Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ill buy it for a dollar..and start a reality tv show.."Life onboard an abandoned ship"..discovery channel..people love that s...

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  8. Nirajan Avanth06:40pm Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    just get the air force to blow it up. after they are able to take out all the fuel and oil onboard the vessel.

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  9. Stephen06:32pm Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ships regulations, seaworthy codes, maritine fees, customs, fuel, crew, overheads and an excess of rust - no thanks

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  10. Rod06:11pm Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yahoo's meaningless headline award for this article. Near ireland - in fact its 2400km offshore and is much closer to Newfoundland than Ireland and the article says that it has only drifted 800km from the coast of Canada. Come on.

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