Um el Faroud

Three club members have now dived this wreck in Malta, Jonathan,Steve & Sarah

The Um El Faroud was a 10,000 ton Libyan owned single screw motor tanker. Following a gas explosion
during maintenance work in 1995, she was scuttled off the coast of Malta as an artificial reef and diving
attraction.
She was built in 1969 at Smith Dock Co. Ltd, Middlesbrough, England and was owned by the General
National Maritime Transport Company, Tripoli (GNMTC). She had been operating between Italy and
Libya carrying refined fuel up to 1 February 1995. On 3 February 1995 she was docked at No.3 Dock of
Malta dry docks. During the night of 3 February an explosion occurred in No.3 centre tank and nine
shipyard workers lost their lives.
The vessel suffered structural deformation and, following inspection and survey, was considered a total
write-off. She occupied the dock in the harbor of Valletta for three years until it was decided that the
best option to utilize her remaining value was to tow her to sea and scuttle her as an artificial reef in
1998.
The wreck sits upright on the sandy seabed southwest of Wied iz-Zurrieq near Qrendi. The Um El
Faroud weighs 10,000 tons and is 115 metres (377 ft) long. The depth to the top of the bridge is 18 metres
(59 ft) and 25 metres (82 ft) to the main deck. Scuba divers might come across some squid and
barracudas at the stern. The wreck can be entered fairly easily, but due to its size, this should be
restricted only to divers with advanced wreck diving training.
The vessel measures 109.53 metres (359.4 ft) in length, and has a beam of 15.5 metres (51 ft); the height of
the vessel from keel to funnel top is approximately 22 metres (72 ft). After a bad storm in winter 2005/6
the ship has now broken in two.

 

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