A ghost ship, infested with an absolute hape of disease ridden rats, could be on course to hit the emerald isle.

The Yoguslavian built, MV Lyubov Orlova, cruise ship was seized by Canadian officials in 2010 at St. John's, Newfoundland after the owners of the cruise liner got caught up in a debt scandal. The vessel remained tied up at St. John's for a couple of years, becoming derelict. The ship was then destined for the Dominican Republic after Canadian officials decided to sell her for scrap, only for the vessel to be lost by the tugboat transporting it during a storm. Unlucky, lads.

Authorities in Newfoundland attempted to regain control of the floating monster, and on Feb 1st, 2013, Transport Canada announced that they had successfully achieved that, satisfied that the ship was no longer a threat to valuable oil and gas rigs in the region. However, once the ship had reached international waters, the MV Lyubov Orlova was no longer their problem and Transport Canada decided to cut her loose. Cheeky feckers.

Since then, the ship has managed to make its way across the Atlantic and is currently hanging out up around the coast of Scotland somewhere.

According to The Independent, One Belgian scrap sailor, who is currently monitoring the vessel's progress, said: 'There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other. If I get aboard I'll have to lace everywhere with poison.

Yeah, so the rats are eating each other at this stage. I'm pretty sure that's what happens when the world is about to end. An apocalyptic microcosm of a boat. Hurray!

The poor craythurs are only starving, I'd say. A few rasher sandwiches and a cup of tea, once ye come ashore, and ye'll be grand, lads.