It appears the Lyubov Orlova will simply drift away to become another countries problem. After being towed away from the Searose FPSO by Atlantic Hawk, the Tow was handed off to Maersk Challenger, another St John’s based AHST, chartered by Transport Canada.
Rather then return the ship to Port – no port appeared willing to accept the Lyubov Orlova, Maersk challenger, towed her beyond the 200nm limit, and cut her free in international waters. The Lyubov Orlova will drift untill she is Sunk by weather, hits another country, or is claimed by her owners.
Transport Canada maintains that the vessel is still the responsibility of her owners; The Owners likely will not go after the vessel as the cost will be more the the value of the vessel; and if she doesnt sink, the Lyubov Orlova will become another countries problem.
Given the rash of scrap vessels going adrift, The federal Government should pass a law requiring any vessel being towed from within Canadian territorial waters, to outside to carry sufficient insurance for recovery, prior to being allowed to leave port.
UPDATE: It is now reported that the Maersk Challenger took the tow, however the Tow line parted in heavy seas. It was decided to let the Lubov Orlova drift, as she was no longer a danger to off shore installations, nor in Canadian Waters. The owner claims he intends to recover the vessel, however Transport Canada forbids him from doing so with the Charlene Hunt.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, to investigate an incident involving the tug boat Charlene Hunt and the cruise ship Lyubov Orlova, which broke free of its tow line while en route to the Dominican Republic and went adrift. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Huskey Energy is reporting that one of its boats has taken the Lyubov Orlova Under tow.
Huskey is the Operator of the Hiberina platform off Newfoundland, and contracted Atlantic Towing to provide platform support vessels.
As the Lyubov Orlova was adrift without crew, this would count as salvage, meaning Atlantic Towing could file a claim against the vessel to cover its costs for recovery. Given the vessel was sold for scrap, and is likely uninsured, it likely means it is now Atlantic Towings’ to scrap to recover thier costs.
Update via 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.
Various sources are reporting that the Vessel Lyubov Orlova is now adrift at sea. The tug Charlene Hunt was ordered back to St Johns by transport canada over safety concerns, after she lost the tow off Cape Race, last thursday.
The CCGS Cape Roger (File Photo, Below) is On Station, and the Lyubov Orlova is reportedly drifting out to sea.
Looks like the tug Charlene Hunt snapped a tow line and is having trouble reconnecting.
See shipfax for more on the tug. (which waited out weather in Halifax in Dec, and arrived in newfoundland damaged due to additional weather.
(Left) To Vessels at bottom are the Charlene Hunt and the CCGS Cape Roger. Initial reports were that the Lyubov Orlova was drifting out to sea.
CBC news is reporting:
A derelict Russian cruise ship that left St. John’s this week for the scrapyard is drifting in open seas.
The Lyubov Orlova finally left St. John’s Harbour on Wednesday afternoon after being tied up for nearly two-and-a-half years.
It was being towed to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped when the Coast Guard was notified on Thursday that the tow line had snapped.
It happened about 12 kilometres east of Cape Race.
No one was on board the Orlova at the time.
There were high winds in the area Thursday evening, with five- to six-metre waves, causing more issues for the ship – though a spokesperson for the Coast Guard said those winds should diminish overnight.
The crew of the tug boat Charlene Hunt was trying to reconnect the line. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard vessel Cape Roger is en route to monitor the situation.
The Coast Guard is advising mariners to be cautious if travelling through the area.
The M/V Caruso was the ex CCGS Sir Charles Tupper, and was tied up at the Dartmouth Marine slips. She Caught fire in Oct 2008, and remained where she was as a hulk, until earlier this year, when she disapered, at least partially due to the Kings wharf development.
She was Towed to Marie Joseph NS, and has been Scrapped.
Photo by gerrard via Shipspotting.com
Reports are that the Bennington Group, who was contracted to remove the M/V Miner from Scaterie island has pulled out. The Miner was being towed to Turkey for scrapping when the tow line parted and she ran aground. Given the closesness to winter, Miner will likely remain where she is at least until the spring.
The CEO of Bennington repededly complained that any metals of value had been removed from the ship, and sited burocracy for delays.
I Suspect the real reason for the pull out is that Bennington realized it would cost more to Scrap the ship then the scrap was worth, and now want to cut their losses.
CBC News Reported
The head of the company contracted to salvage the MV Miner said he is walking away from the project.
Abe Shah, of the New York-based Bennington Group, said he met with officials from Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday.
Shah demanded the province cover his insurance and equipment going forward.
He said he was refused, and said he has decided to walk away from the salvage project for good.
Shah said he has spent more than $300,000 on the project. He said he plans to sue the province for compensation.
On Oct. 29, the province lifted a stop-work order on the project after reviewing safety plans. At the time, the head of the Bennington Group, said he was ready to turn his back on the salvage because of continuous delays.
The MV Miner has been stuck off Cape Breton’s coast for more than a year. It was en route to Turkey when the towline snapped and it ran aground.
Thanks to Shipfax for the tip, 2 Halifax regulars, Teval and Marwan are headed to the scrappers.
Both vessels run on Melfi Lines’ service to Cuba from Europe and Canada. Melfi does not own the ships, but charters them from thier owners.
Expect to see 2 new vessels in the rotation shortly.
(Above)Teval at Pier 42 (Below) Marwan Arriving at Halterm
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Eileen Mcallister Just after connecting the tow. Atlantic Towing moved the Scotia Dock II to the inner harbour (below) where the tow was connected .