Derelict ship has drifted out of Canadian waters: Transport Canada

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Transport Canada says a derelict Russian cruise ship that broke free from a tow line last week in the Atlantic Ocean has drifted into international waters.

The department says in a release Saturday that given the predominant winds, the Lyubov Orlova is not expected to re-enter waters under Canadian jurisdiction.

It says the vessel is located about 460 kilometres east of St. John's, N.L., and about 90 kilometres outside Canada's territorial waters.

The department says the Lyubov Orlova no longer poses a threat to the safety of offshore oil installations, their personnel or the marine environment.

Transport Canada has decided not to pursue the drifting vessel.

Meanwhile, the port authority in St. John's is taking measures to prevent the ship from docking again at its facilities in the city's harbour.

The Lyubov Orlova had been tied up in the harbour for more than two years before it was towed away last week.

The vessel started drifting toward open water after it snapped its tow line as a tugboat was pulling it to the Dominican Republic for scrap.

Earlier this week, an offshore supply ship was sent to tow the vessel away from oil platforms in the North Atlantic.

The owner of the vessel remains responsible for its movements.

Organizations: Transport Canada, Dominican Republic

Geographic location: ST. JOHN'S, Atlantic Ocean, Canada North Atlantic

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