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Russian ghost ship found adrift near Ireland

February 22, 2013, 8:44 am AFP Yahoo!7

A RUSSIAN cruise ship abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2400 kilometers off the west coast of Ireland.

Russian ghost ship found adrift near Ireland
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The Lyubov Orlova. Photo: Getty Images


A RUSSIAN cruise ship abandoned and adrift in the North Atlantic has been located about 2400 kilometers off the west coast of Ireland.

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, the Lyubov Orlova has been spotted at the coordinates 49-22.70N and 044-51.34W, or roughly 1300 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 analyses satellite imagery 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 global positioning system was no longer working.

But the information locating the ship shows the derelict vessel is slowly heading towards Europe, having drifted at least 800 kilometres toward the European coastline.

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  1. p08:33am Monday 25th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    use this ship as boat transport illigal imigrants to Australia

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  2. humphrey hollins06:20pm Sunday 24th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey peter,how do we tell the difference between fake refugees and real ones? Are those Rohingyas found off Sril Lanka real?

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  3. teandbikkies01:20pm Sunday 24th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Finders keepers?

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  4. peter11:57am Sunday 24th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Fill it full of ILLEGAL ALIENS , do gooders call them asaylum seekers, sent them back to whence they came , THEN reload with genuine riggy dig refugees and invite THEM in instead..seems like a novel idea......

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  5. Steve11:04am Sunday 24th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I wonder why this thing can stay afloat after being abandoned, yet those billion dollar "George of the jungle" designed passenger liners go on the blink and sink like rocks. Perhaps we should transfer captain Stubing to this thing and just bill trips something like "Ghost Ship Tours". "Get a honeymoon suite in the "executive Rust hold" or sauna in the theraputic bilge water. You know, build it up a bit. Get Trump to back it (I mean he backs anything dosen't he). Sail to Hairpiece island... Lotsa possibilities..

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  6. Robyn10:16am Sunday 24th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    wont take long now and it will be full of illegals heading for australia

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  7. Vitalia04:49pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Michael ur a F---- Head

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  8. Vitalia04:49pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Michael ur a F---- Head

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  9. Ugnisaet02:04pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I'm telling you to put Jew-Liar on the boat for rat company she will be right at home with them

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  10. MIKE D12:41am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Bankers & politicians would stock it with champagne, good food & entertainment then enjoy their stay on board. Why waste it on them?

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