Orlova goes A.W.O.L. Ship's location unknown.

Josh Pennell
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The Orlova being towed out of St. John's harbour on Jan. 23

The location of the MV Lyubov Orlova is unknown and it hasn’t been for over four days, says the ship’s owner Reza Shoeybi.

Shoeybi has been contacting Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard since February 4 to try and get an update on the location of his vessel but with no luck.

“I call them every morning, they tell me to call back. They don’t know,” he says.

The last update he was given on the vessel’s location was February 4 and all he knows for sure is there is no way it’s still in that location now.

He says the vessel was equipped with tracking beacons but those beacons have failed and right now nobody knows the exact location of the Orlova. He’s hoping they will send out a plane to look for the drifting ship. He adds that if the coast guard does come in contact with the Orlova, they are planning on dropping another tracking beacon on board.

The last update from Transport Canada on February 4 put the ship at approximately 330 nautical miles northeast of St. John’s. They could not be reached for comment on the current status of the vessel.

The original plan was to tow the dead ship from St. John’s harbour to a scrap yard in the Dominican Republic. Shoeybi says now his plan, given this unexpected final voyage of the Orlova, is to tow the vessel to a scrap yard in Turkey. That’s if he can find it, of course.  


Organizations: Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Dominican Republic

Geographic location: Turkey

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Recent comments

  • Megan
    February 11, 2013 - 10:22

    Haha! Maybe it was towed off by Somalian pirates.

  • Political Watcher
    February 10, 2013 - 17:59

    Who cares where she is? As long as we don't have to see it anymore.

  • speculative
    February 10, 2013 - 12:38

    How about a Disney movie about a poor abandoned ship, lost in the Atlantic, that in spite of insurmountable odds, finds its way back to the loving arms of its family in St. John's?

  • H Jefford
    February 10, 2013 - 10:57

    Some one might have put a line on it and salvaged it for scrap? Or it might have sunk creating a underwater reef for a variety of sea life ! As long as it is not floating like a land mine waiting for an unknown ship to crash into it, that could cause the loss of life and suffering for some unknown people because of some ones failure to remove it from a shipping lane or sink it.

  • Barrelman
    February 10, 2013 - 10:09

    How crazy, irresponsible is this of the government of Canada? To set an abandoned ship adrift in the North Atlantic just to get it off its hands?! The act creates both an environmental and shipping hazard, not to mention a self-inflicted international "black eye" in front of 21st century "civilized" nations. Bad enough the Harper turns its back on a derlict bulk carrier from the Great Lakes aground on Cape Breton's Scaterie Island that it is solely responsible for. Now it has to repeat the disgraceful performance on the world stage. Oh, Canada. I'm ashamed of you.

    • david
      February 11, 2013 - 16:07

      Harper...Sure. Why not? I mean, it is Monday, right?

  • Dee
    February 10, 2013 - 09:13

    Oh yes by you after costing Canada enough money now you want a plane sent up to find your boat,why don,t we send out the whole army for ya. Now your plan is to tow this boat to Turkey.Ya right your only plan was to hire someone,anyone at no cost to you.You should be brought to court so some of these tug owners can get back some of their money you owe.Hopefully it sank now let's see if insurance was carried.

  • original townie
    February 10, 2013 - 06:08

    another search plane....how much more money is this piece of crap going to cost us? seems the owners pay nothing while we tax payers foot the bill to look after their personal property. yet we have no sar base in nl. something is desparately wrong with this situation. go figure.

  • Tony from Paradise
    February 09, 2013 - 21:47

    I know where shes too...at the botttom. Get the cheque ready. Finally

  • gord
    February 09, 2013 - 20:58

    I think the original plan for this vessel is exactly what has taken place thus far except for the attention it's getting which they didn't expect. A gross neglect of duties not performed for the protection of people, property and environment in hopes that a problem that no one wanted would just go away! The province and feds earned the trophy on this game.

  • Kip mccarthy
    February 09, 2013 - 19:00

    The vessel is now in international waters. Canada should leave it alone. It is no longer Canada's problem. The idea of Canada sending out a plane to locate the boat is ridiculous. Dream on

  • david
    February 09, 2013 - 15:58

    Ho hum. Her "locartion" is the big mystery worth reporting on is it b'yes? Why not.....finally.......start digging into the gigantic scam behind all this, including the de facto complicity of various governemnt deaprtmnents, instead? Jeez Louise.......

  • Mr. Hunt
    February 09, 2013 - 14:54

    V.I.P. Miss Ovlova