Lyubov Orlova in St. John's Harbour
Lyubov Orlova in St. John's Harbour www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=550 This link talks about great Arctic expeditions and cruises aboard this ship, but the next story says it has been seized until past debts are paid off.:
"The 1976-built expedition ship MV LYUBOV ORLOVA was placed under arrest when it arrived at St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada last week. The Russian registered ship, with 49 Russian and two Ukrainian crew members on board but no passengers, “was seized following a suit by a haulage contractor over a $251,000 debt,” Pyotr Osichansky of the International Transport Workers Federation told the Russian Information Agency Novosti. The crew, it appears, has not been paid in five months and the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko told the Voice of Russia, “The fear is that if the debt is not paid off, the ship will be auctioned off.” The MV LYUBOV ORLOVA is named after the first recognized star of Soviet cinema, famous theatre actress and a gifted singer born in 1902 who came to fame in the mid 1930s.
Update: October 31, 2010:
Still stranded in St. John’s since September 25, MV LYUBOV ORLOVA was reported sold to an unnamed Norwegian company. The International Transportation Workers Federation has been attempting to assist the 50 Russian and Ukrainian crews to get the CAN$350,000 in back pay and then return them to their homes. The new Norwegian owners plan to have the ship in Europe soon and the ITWF and the owner are committed to finding a solution." maritimematters.com/2010/10/lyubov-orlova-detained/