Poor Prep, Bad Weather, and Mechanical Breakdown Set Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Adrift – REPORT

MV Lyubov Orlova pictured in January 2013. Photo courtesy TSB Canada

It’s been more than a year now since a failed tow off Canada set a dilapidated Russian expedition ship adrift in the North Atlantic, sparking fears in the media that a derelict ghost ship possibly infested with cannibal rats was heading straight for the European coast. Fortunately for northern Europeans however, the stories as reported in the media have not yet materialized and … [Read more...]

Cannibal Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Story Goes Viral -Lyubov Orlova FAQ

MV Lyubov Orlova

You'd have to be hiding under a rock to miss the recent reports that a Russian ghost ship infested with cannibal rats is heading straight for the U.K. coast. The story, which went viral this week, has now been sent to us about 25 times and counting. Having covered it in the past, we were hesitant to jump on it ourselves given current information, but after hearing about it … [Read more...]

Have You Seen This Ship? Russian Ghost Ship Has Vanished


(Note: Click HERE to visit our forum for the full discussion of this article) UPDATE Jan. 24, 2013: Cannibal Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Story Hijacks the Internet -FAQ Is this Russian ghost ship a hazard to the environment or safe navigation? On January 24th, 2013 the derelict cruise ship M/V Lyubov Orlova, seized in a lawsuit by Canadian authorities in 2010,  was being towed … [Read more...]

Derelict Cruise Ship M/V Lyubov Orlova Spotted [UPDATE]

MV Lyubov Orlova

UPDATE Jan. 24, 2013: Cannibal Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Story Hijacks the Internet -FAQ Update: According to data from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency obtained by AFP, the derelict Lyubov Orlova has been spotted roughly 1,300 nautical miles off the coast of Ireland at coordinates 49-22.70N and 044-51.34W. Original (Feb. 3): The deck of the M/V Lyubov … [Read more...]

Atlantic Hawk Secures Derelict Cruise Ship Off Newfoundland

M/V Lyubov Orlov

UPDATE Jan. 24, 2013: Cannibal Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Story Hijacks the Internet -FAQ 3 years ago the M/V Lyubov Orlova was an expedition cruise ship carrying high-paying passengers to remote polar regions.  This might have been her heydey as a passenger vessel, although little is known about her service while working for Far East Shipping behind the iron curtain of the … [Read more...]