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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.

Organizations: DFO, Canadian Coast Guard, Joint Rescue Co Orlova.The Department Hunts Tugs and Barges Dominican Republic

Geographic location: St. John's, Halifax, Fermeuse Rhode Island

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Recent comments

  • Rob
    January 26, 2013 - 19:34

    As I was watching getting towed out my co workers and I were all talking as to how long it would be before she would sink or break away.

  • Gary Bradbury
    January 26, 2013 - 08:02

    Anyone who understands sea state conditions in the North Atlantic in January would conclude that this would happen - officials wanted the ship out of St. John's Harbour - regardless of the risks associated with towing a large vessel this time of year. Commercial and recreational users of our coastal waters have been put at risk - including oil rigs. Coast guard and police should investigate and charge those responsible if the vessel sinks or ends up aground.

  • Max
    January 25, 2013 - 17:08

    Can you say "Insurance Scam"!!!

  • david
    January 25, 2013 - 13:23

    I'd believe that the City agreed to a promissory note for the 2 years worth of wharfage back-fees from the pending ship sale proceeds in the Dominican. And if not that grift of Keystone Cop stupidtiy, the port of St. John's maybe had a complicitly blind eye to this whole 'scuttling' debacle. Either way, another day in Newfoundland....and not an investigative journalist in sight.

  • MudderL
    January 25, 2013 - 12:13

    Wierd, there were crew on board when she left here. This report says there are no crew on board. How did they disembark?

    • Johnny
      January 25, 2013 - 14:59

      there was atleast 4 rope ladders hanging over the side of this vessel when it left. They neede a crew on board to pullin the mooring ropes etc. I am sure that these people disembarked onto the pilot vessel that escorted it out the harbour.

    • MudderL
      January 25, 2013 - 20:29

      That makes sense, I didn't see the rope ladders. I don't say they could pay anyone enough money to sail down there with a ship full of rats!

  • sparky
    January 25, 2013 - 11:46

    I would have thought ,"its along trip to the Dominican,maybe we should get a good tow-rope"? Thats why those guys get the BIG BUCKS! LOL more work for our guys.