The MV Lyubov Orlova was built in 1976 and is an ice-strengthend cruise ship that was sailed to the Arctic and Antarctica. After it ran aground in 2006, it was supposed to be scraped in the Dominican Republic in 2013. The ship was supposed to be towed from St. John’s, New Foundland to the Domincan Republic. However, just one day after the tug left the harbour, the tow rope broke. This happen on January 28th 2013 and since then, the MV Lyubov Orlova has been drifting without any control in the Atlantic. It is therefore an official GHOST SHIP!
According to wikipedia the last known positions of the Lyubov Orlova were as follows:
On February 1, 2013, Transport Canada announced that the offshore supply vessel, Atlantic Hawk, with a 157 tonne continuous bollard pull rating, had successfully gained control of the drifting ship and that the latter was no longer a risk to oil and gas operations in the region. Atlantic Hawkwas under contract by Husky Energy and was tasked to regain control of the drifting vessel.
As of February 4, 2013, in response to fears of a possible collision with oil and gas installations off eastern Canada, Lyubov Orlova was secured by the Atlantic Hawk anchor handler on the 31st of January. However, after the ship drifted into international waters, Transport Canada decided to cut her loose. “The Lyubov Orlova no longer poses a threat to the safety of offshore oil installations, their personnel or the marine environment. The vessel has drifted into international waters and given current patterns and predominant winds, it is very unlikely that the vessel will re-enter waters under Canadian jurisdiction,” the department said in a statement. Safety concerns were cited by Transport Canada in their reason to not pursue a salvage operation to retrieve the ship.
The ship was located on February 4 at approximately 250 nautical miles east of St. John’s, NL (approximately 50 nautical miles outside Canada’s territorial waters) and drifting northeasterly. If left alone she could end up almost anywhere from the Norwegian arctic, to western Africa, or stuck in the middle of the North Atlantic Gyre. Transport Canada reiterates that the owner of the vessel remains responsible for its movements, and measures have been taken to monitor the position of the drifting ship.