Cape Roger monitoring situation
An image from www.marinetraffic.com shows the position of the tug the Charlene Hunt which was towing the Orlova. The Cape Roger is the vessel shown in blue behind the tug.
The Lyubov Orlova is still adrift in the Atlantic.
The disabled Russian cruise ship, which was being towed out of St. John's for a new owner after sitting idle in St. John's harbour since September, 2010, broke free from a tugboat Thursday afternoon.
The Canadian Coast Guard's Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax said today it's not involved in the incident because there are no crewmembers on board the Orlova.
The Department of Fisheries is monitoring the situation.
A DFO spokesman said the patrol vessel Cape Roger is in the area today monitoring what's happening.
He said the Orlova is still adrift about 24 kilometres east of Fermeuse and winds in the area are about 37 kimometres an hour with wave action of up to three metres in height.
The DFO spokesman couldn't say whether attempts are being made today to reconnect the Orlova to the tug boat.
The tug being used is the Charlene Hunt, registered to Hunts Tugs and Barges Inc. in Rhode Island. However, company owner Kevin Hunt when contacted by phone today, said the tug has been contracted out to do the work.
The Orlova's planned destination is the Dominican Republic where it will be scrapped.