Cannibal rats aboard ghost ship in Atlantic

07:41, Jan 25 2014

Disease-ridden, cannabalistic rats are adrift on an abandoned ship in the North Atlantic ocean.

The 91-metre Lyubov Orlova has been drifting towards the UK in the North Atlantic for a year after being cut loose off Canada, The Sun reports.

The exact location of the 40-year-old Soviet-built cruise ship is unknown but experts told the news outlet it appeared the ship was still afloat because four liferaft transmitters have not been activated, as they would have if the ship had sunk.

Belgian man Pim de Rhoodes wants to find the ship because they can break it apart and sell it for scrap worth about $NZ1.2 million.

Mr de Rhoodes said getting rid of the cannibal rats, the only occupants on the ship, would be his first task.

"There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other. If I get aboard I'll have to lace everywhere with poison," he told The Sun.

If the Lyubov Orlova does make it to land it is likely to be on the west coast of Ireland, Scotland or the far southern tip of England.

The Irish coastguard were keeping a watchful eye out for the ship.