© — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
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.