Old Cruise Vessel drifting off Newfoundland raised safety alarms

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An empty Russian cruise vessel was drifting Tuesday (January 30, 2013) toward the open sea off Newfoundland as questions mounted about its safety and why a tug vessel was sent to haul it out of the St. John's harbour in the middle of winter.
The Lyubov Orlova, which is a 237-passenger ship about 100-metres long, has been adrift since its tow line snapped in rough weather condition last week as it was pulled to the Dominican Republic for scrap.
Transport Canada informs it ordered the tug vessel Charlene Hunt back to St. John's over safety concerns and was inspecting it.