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Um el Faroud

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.

The Um El Faroud was built in 1969 at Smith Dock co. Ltd Middlesbrough, England and was owned by the General National maritime transport company, Tripoli, Libya. She was operating between Italy and Libya carrying refined fuel up till the 1st of February 1995. On the 3rd of February 1995 she was docked at N.o 3 dock of Malta dry docks. During the night of the 3rd an explosion occurred in N.o 3 centre tank and 9 ship workers tragically lost their lives. The vessel suffered structural damage, and following an inspection and survey was considered a total write off. She remained the dock in the harbour of valletta for three years until it was decided she would be scuttled to create an artificial reef in 1998. The wreck sits upright on the sandy seabed southwest of Wied iz-Zurrieq near Qrendi. She broke into two after a bad storm in 2005

Length 115m

Beam 15.5m

Height 22m (to funnel top)

Depth to seabed 36m

Depth to bridge 18m

Depth to main deck 25m

Diving Malta and Gozo