This ghost ship is not rushin’

To this day, no one really knows the exact number of how many ships are floating on the high seas and in on our oceans – or how many are lying just below the surface. And until someone comes across the Russian ship, Lyubov Orlova, or it beaches itself on some shore, the fate of this ghost ship will remain a total mystery.

Since breaking free from a towing line on its final journey to a scrap yard, the MV Lyubov Orlova, a Russian cruise ship, has been drifting unmanned in the North Atlantic since January 2013. The ship had been a Yugoslav ice-strengthened Maria Yermolova class cruise ship, used mainly for Antarctic tours.

After being decomissioned in 2010, the ship was left for nearly two years in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her condition only continuing to deteriorate, she was designated to be transported to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic. Only a day into the voyage, the towing cable snapped and the ship was cast adrift. Concerned for the risk to local gas and oil operations in the region, Transport Canada sent the 157-tonne constant bollard pull rated supply ship Atlantic Hawk under contract by Husk Energy to recapture Lyubov Orlova.

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