'No evidence' that rat infested ghost ship is heading for UK

A deserted, rat infested Russian cruise ship rumoured to be headed for British shores has not been spotted since April last year according to The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

An undated image of former cruise ship 'MV Lyubov Orlova' Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch/DPA

The MCA said there is "no evidence" the 100m Lyubov Orlova, which tore free from its tug boat off the coast of Canada and is thought to be floating the Atlantic without a crew, is still afloat and headed for British shores.

"Any 'ghost' ship entering European waters is highly likely to be reported due to the large number of vessels passing through the area," the MCA said, "We would then act accordingly," they added.

Reports have suggested a series of storms may have driven the former Soviet cruise ship towards the UK coastline and that salvage hunters are keen to trace the rogue ship in order to cash in on the £60,000 scrap value.