Lyubov Orlova, rat-infested derelict cruise ship - what will happen?
A derelict, rat-infested Russian cruise ship continued to keep Newfoundland oil platforms on edge Wednesday as it bobbed perilously around the storm-battered Atlantic — and questions mounted about why a rundown tugboat was allowed to haul it out of St. John’s harbour in the middle of winter.
Department spokesman Steve Bone said Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Natural Resources Department and the Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board were working together on the Lyubov Orlova.
“If the Lyubov Orlova does pile up on the shore, it’ll be interesting to know whose responsibility it is to clean it up,” Mac Mackay, a longtime ship watcher and marine blogger in Halifax, said. “If it sinks in the ocean … there’s bound to be some pollution. It really is a drifting accident waiting to happen.”
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