Lyubov Orlova lost in North Atlantic
Canadian Transportation Safety Board says a report into the circumstances surrounding the failed attempt to tow the Lyubov Orlova to the Caribbean for scrap will be released in about a year. The tug Charlene Hunt is being detained in St. John's Harbour due to a long list of mechanical and safety deficiencies. The tow line from the Hunt broke just outside the Narrows, sending the Orlova adrift. After the derelict ship came uncomfortably close to offshore oil rigs, it was towed outside Canadian waters and is floating somewhere out in the North Atlantic. One of the owners of the ship, Reza Shoeybi, who is now living on the Charlene Hunt, is still hoping to retrieve the former Russian cruise ship.
Passenger vessel Lybov Orlova drifting in the Atlantic
January 26, 2013
The unmanned passenger vessel Lybov Orlova is drifting in the Atlantic after tow line broke in the afternoon Jan 24 13. Vessel was to be towed to Dominican Republic for dismantling, and left port of St. John’s, Canada, on Jan 23 on tow of tug Charlene Hunt. Lyubov Orlova was stranded in St. John’s since September 2010. In year 2002 vessel was refurbished and chartered by Quark Expeditions for the Antarctic and Cruise North Expeditions for the Arctic. Powerful cyclone is forming in North Atlantic, south of Cape Farewell in Greenland, with forecasting seas 10-15, up to 20 meters high. Vessel is not causing a hazard to marine traffic or the environment, says Transport Canada. On a photo Orlova in St. John’s harbour. Maritime Bulletin http://www.news.odin.tc/