The abandoned Russian Lyubov Orlova cruise ship drifts unmanned in the North Atlantic.

No one knows exactly how many ships are floating on the high seas or how many are just below the surface. Until someone stumbles upon the Russian ship, Lyubov Orlova, the fate of this ghost ship will remain a total mystery. Since breaking free from a tow line on her last trip to a scrap yard, the Lyubov Orlova, has been drifting unmanned in the North Atlantic since January 2013. The ship was a Yugoslav Reinforced Maria Yermolova class by ice, used for excursions in Antarctica.

He spent almost two years in St. John’s, Newfoundland. As her condition deteriorated, she was designated for transport to a junkyard in the Dominican Republic. One day after commencing the voyage, the tow rope broke and the vessel was thrown adrift. Concerned about the risk to local gas and oil operations in the region, Transport Canada sent the 157-ton constant-traction supply vessel Atlantic Hawk under contract to Husk Energy to take over Lyubov Orlova. Once in international waters, Transport Canada ordered Lyubov Orlova to detach and has since waived responsibility for the ship, which they say should not reenter Canadian waters or cause damage to offshore facilities now that he is on the high seas.

The ships could end up anywhere from West Africa to the Norwegian Arctic, or they could get caught up in the North Atlantic vortex. a US intelligence agency document obtained by AFP revealed that the abandoned ship had recently been spotted around 1,300 nautical miles off the Irish coast and is drifting towards Europe. With the prevailing winds and typical currents, it is unlikely to return to Canadian jurisdiction. In February 2013, Lyubov Orlova was sighted about 1,300 nautical miles from the Irish coast. A few days later, it was reported in Ireland and Iceland. A warning to small vessels had been issued. A March 1, 2013 Irish media report said there was a signal from the ship’s emergency system.

An EPIRB starts its transmission only when the device is exposed to water. This indicating radio beacon (ERIPB) had been received from 700 nautical miles off the coast of Kerry. This is leading experts to theorize that the ship might have sunk. The Irish Air Corps had been expected to continue to monitor in the region.

Despite being painted dark blue, M / V Lyubov Orlova’s red star can still be seen in the front … – By Lilpop,Rau&Loewenstein – CC BY-SA 3.0

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