Once derelict and adrift off Newfoundland, Russian cruise ship back under tow

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Husky Energy has stepped in to haul an empty Russian cruise ship that's been adrift off Newfoundland since last week away from the province's oil and gas fields.

Husky spokeswoman Colleen McConnell says one of the firm's offshore support vessels, the Atlantic Hawk, secured a tow line to the Lyubov (LOO'-bov) Orlova on Wednesday evening.

The derelict cruise ship had been drifting toward open water since it snapped its tow line last week as a tugboat was pulling it to the Dominican Republic for scrap.

McConnell says the priority is to haul the Lyubov Orlova as far from the Hibernia, Terra Nova and SeaRose sites as possible.

Earlier today, the ship was about 70 kilometres north of Husky's SeaRose oil platform.

McConnell says the Atlantic Hawk is headed north, but the cruise ship's ultimate destination is up to Transport Canada.

Transport Canada spokesman Steve Bone could not be reached for comment.

Organizations: Husky Energy, Transport Canada, Dominican Republic Hibernia

Geographic location: Newfoundland, ST. JOHN'S, Terra Nova Husky

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