Abandoned Russian ship located 2,400 km from Ireland

Feb 21, 2013
An undated handout picture of former Russian cruise ship MV Lyubov Orlova. A Russian cruise ship abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2,400 kilometers off the west coast of Ireland, according to a US intelligence agency.

A Russian cruise ship abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2,400 kilometers off the west coast of Ireland, according to a US intelligence agency.

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 obtained by AFP, the Lyubov Orlova has been spotted at the coordinates 49-22.70N and 044-51.34W, or roughly 1,300 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 analyzes 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 was no longer working.

But the information locating the ship shows the derelict vessel is slowly heading towards Europe, having drifted at least 800 kilometers (435 nautical miles) toward the European coastline.

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RobertKarlStonjek
1 / 5 (1) Feb 21, 2013
With only rats as its passengers,


Laboratory experiments have shown that rats are intelligent and so easily capable of running a cruise ship on their own.
dan42day
3 / 5 (2) Feb 21, 2013
Captain Francesco Schettino of the Costa Concordia proved that over a year ago.
VendicarE
1 / 5 (2) Feb 22, 2013
Another fine example of Capitalist Responsibility.
Klewch
5 / 5 (1) Feb 22, 2013
quote" roughly 1,300 nautical miles from the Irish coast."
wouldn't it be easier to say 630km (340 nautical miles) from the Canadian coast? or 1150km (621 nautical miles) from the coast of Greenland?
What does Ireland have to do with the issue?
tscati
3 / 5 (2) Feb 22, 2013
@Klewch - Ireland is probably relevant because that's the way the ship is drifting, due to the prevailing currents in the North Atlantic (and the Gulf Stream in paricular) which flow from west to east. Next stop Donegal!