Russian cruise ship MV Lyubov Orlova with millions of rats adrift in North Atlantic
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Russian cruise ship MV Lyubov Orlova with millions of rats adrift in North Atlantic

Moscow : Russia | Mar 14, 2013 at 4:35 AM PDT
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MV Lyubov Orlova, a Russian cruise ship, has been adrift in the North Atlantic with millions of rats on board for quite sometime and, its owners appear to be not interested in salvaging the ship as reported in foxnews.com of dated 13th of March 2013.

In the beginning of February 2013, it was adrift in Canadian waters it was towed out to international waters and it still continues to drift on the high seas at the mercy of winds and waves and could finally land up somewhere in Europe.

The ship is named after a legendary Russian movie actress Lyubov Orlova and it seems the 295-feet long vessel was being towed to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic when its towing cable snapped and initial efforts to rescue it had to be abandoned due to rough seas with waves of upto 25-feet high and wind speeds of upto 80mph.

The ship is currently located some 760-miles off the coast of Newfoundland and 1125-miles from the shores of Ireland.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is monitoring the movement of the 37-year old ship which had been built in Yugoslavia.

As per available records, the ship is owned by Hussein Humanyuni of the Neptune International Shipping Inc and the response from the owner's side does not appear to be worried about the ultimate fate of the vessel.

It seems the owners have faced financial difficulties in the past and when the ice-fortified ship had to be commissioned for a summer cruise in the Arctic Ocean - the vessel was seized in St Johns in September-2010 and locals had to help out with provisioning food and clothing for the 44 crew members till they were evacuated back to Russia.

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the helicopter deck of MV Lyubov Orlova
the helicopter deck of MV Lyubov Orlova (courtest wikimedia)
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