UPDATE: Lyubov Orlova moves further north of SeaRose platform

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The Lyubov Orlova is pictured as it was being towed out of St. John's harbour last Thursday. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

As of 4 p.m. today, the towed MV Lyubov Orlova was 100 kilometres north of Husky Energy’s SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) platform, according to a spokeswoman for the operator.

An offshore supply vessel, the Atlantic Hawk, began towing the previously adrift vessel at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, it was 70 kilometres north of the FPSO platform.

Transport Canada said it is finalizing arrangements to determine where the former cruise ship will be sent.

The Orlova left St. John’s last Wednesday via a tugboat, but the tow line separated the following day. It was due to travel to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic.

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(Earlier story)

A vessel belonging to an offshore operator is now towing the Lyubov Orlova in a northernly direction off the coast of Newfoundland.

According to a spokeswoman for Husky Energy, the immediate priority is to move the former cruise ship away from offshore facilities.

Adrift at sea since Thursday, the Orlova was at one point moving towards the Hibernia platform. CBC News reported the vessel was at one point 11 kilometres from the platform.

The Husky spokeswoman said the tow with the Atlantic Hawk was established at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. As to where it will be towed, she said no final decision has been made.

A spokesman for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said discussions took place among local operators that were monitoring the situation with the Orlova.

A fixture in St. John’s harbour for over two years, the Lyubov Orlova left the port last Wednesday with assistance from an American tugboat, the Charlene Hunt. The tow line separated the following day.

More details on this story will be released as they become available.

Organizations: Husky Energy, Hibernia, CBC News Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Newfoundland.According

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  • jake
    January 31, 2013 - 14:23

    well i guess the last persons that tow it is now responsible for any colisions adrift at sea!

    • Bill
      February 01, 2013 - 08:50

      I will take her looks like diamond in the rough one mans trash Is another mans treasure I can make a restaurant out of her anyone up for that let me know

  • the flower
    January 31, 2013 - 10:45

    I would get a prepaid cheque from whoever is responsible for paying,also the carges for being tied up at st.john's for two years .If they don't agree to that, sink the dam thing. GOOD RIDDENCE.

  • Moron
    January 31, 2013 - 10:13

    Roy why in the hell would you want to charge st johns for an error caused by an american tug boat charge them instead, obviously you dont live here and if you do your just a complete meathead. Charge the russians for having their big piece of metal docked here to 2 years and causing an eye sore for everyone else

  • Rich
    January 31, 2013 - 10:10

    Wonder how much insurance is on the ship. Someone is going to be a little upset if it doesnt sink.

  • flexxa
    January 31, 2013 - 09:22

    ...target practice! Well if we actually can find a Canadian Navy vessel or sub capable of such an action.

  • Steve
    January 31, 2013 - 08:59

    How much money is the Russian Mafia making on this fiasco?

  • roy
    January 31, 2013 - 08:57

    Bring it back to St. John,s and bill the council for the towing cost or the Hr Authority someone should be responsible for seeing that one derilect wasn,t being towed by another. It was taken from St. John.s and should be returned from where it was taken.

    • Fred Penner
      January 31, 2013 - 12:40

      It might be an idea to plant some flowers on the deck and pretty her up....lets give the rats someplace nice to live.