On January 24, the decommissioned 220 meter long, 1465 dwt passenger shipLyubov Orlova went adrift in the North Atlantic near Cape Race, Newfoundland. The 29 meter long tug Charlene Hunt departed from St. John’s, Canada with the Lyubov Orlova under tow. The vessels were en route to the Dominican Republic when the towline broke in bad weather. The tug’s crew attempted for several days to attach the towline, but were unable to attach a towline in the worsening weather.
Reports forecast the storm to increase with waves to reach upwards to 20 meters high. Authorities have ordered the Charlene Hunt back to port due to safety concerns for the vessel and crew. The Lyubov Orlova was last reported adrift and not a hazard to shipping as it was away from navigation routes. Several reports predict the former passenger ship will not stay afloat in the storm. The Lyubov Orlova was to be dismantled at a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic after sitting docked for two years in St. John’s.
The 164 foot long fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru was sunk in the Gulf of Alaska by the Coast Guard. The fishing vessel went adrift from Hokkaido during the 2011 tsunami in Japan and floated across the Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard determined to sink the vessel rather than to attempt to tow it to port. The Coast Guard fired shots into the vessel. The Ryou burst into flames then listed over and sank. An unknown amount of diesel fuel was released when the fishing boat sank.
Just before the Coast Guard could fire the first shot, a Canadian fishing vessel claimed salvage rights to the Ryou-Un Maru. The 62 foot long fishing vessel Bernice C. attempted to tow the vessel, but failed and left the area. The Ryou-Un Maru was to be scrapped before the tsunami struck.
The 146 meter long, 15441 dwt tanker Skledros broke free of its mooring lines during a severe storm while berthed at Hirtshals, Denmark. The storm’s wind pushed the vessel from the quay breaking the bollards out of the concrete. Tugs and rescue craft were launched to get the vessel under control. Reports state there was no one on board the vessel at the time. No further details reported.