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UM EL FAROUD - OIL TANKER

 
Project Profile (PA PERMIT NO: 5053/98)

 

All necessary preparations its cleaning process its accessibility for divers by removing all potential hazards which scuba divers may encounter were all taken care of by MDD employees.
The diving community chose Wied iz-Zurrieq as the best site to accommodate this vessel. A diving committee selected a flat sandy bottom 33 meters deep, 150 meters off the shore of Wied iz-Zurrieq as the ship’s final resting place. An Impact assessment was carried out over the seabed, and the site was marked. On 2nd September 1998 Mt Um El-Faroud was towed out off Grand Harbor en route towards its final destination. After the ship was anchored on location and kept in position by means of a small MDD tug, Um El-Faroud went under after nearly four hours long wait for the ship to fill up with sea water from 8 purposely fitted 4” sea valves.
This scene was witnessed by thousands of people who occupied vantage points on the shore who undoubtedly paid their last respects to those 9 Maltese workers who died on that tragic night.

 

The wreck of Mt Um El-Faroud lies upright in position N 35’ 49.20 / E 014’27.04 stern closest to the inlet approximately 8 minutes normal underwater swim away from point of entry following a 270’ bearing. A two year monitoring program will keep a record of the transformation into this artificial reef.

 
   
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