The Russian cruise ship, MV Lyubov Orlova, has gone missing again, having turned up off the Irish coast in February. The ship had broken its towline in January, while traveling from Canada to the Dominican Republic. It had been drifting unmanned in international waters.
Now the ship, infested with rats, but otherwise empty, has gone missing again.
The Lyubov Orlova once used for polar cruises and expeditions by the Soviet Union, was being towed from Canada to a scrapyard in the Caribbean when the two cables snapped and it floated away in January.
Despite occasional sightings of the giant ship it was decided that it would be a risk to other sailor’s lives if they were to attempt to board or attach lines to the ship.
According to Canada’s CBC news, the Lyubov Orlova began to drift again and has not been seen since March 12.
According to ETravelBlackBoard.com there is some speculation that the 328-foot ship may have sunk. Environmental agencies fear that the vessel could leak if this is the case.
In March the ship’s emergency beacon indicated that it was more than 800 miles off Newfoundland, drifting back towards Ireland or Iceland. It is also likely that this beacon was set off upon contact with water, raising further suspicion that the ship has sunk.
The ship was built in 1976 by the Russian-based Far East Shipping Company. She was retired at a dockside in St. John’s, Newfoundland.