Um El Faroud
|Type||Wreck (10,000 ton Tanker)|
|Maximum Depth||35 metres|
|Entry & Exit||Shore|
|Typical Marine Life||Amber Jack, Barracuda, Grouper, Octopus, John Dory, Nudibranch|
Built by Smith Dock Company, Limited (Middlesborough, England) and lauched in 1969, it had been operating between Italy and Libya carrying refined fuel up to 1st February 1995. On the 3rd February 1995 it was docked at No.3 Dock of Malta Dry-docks. During the night of the 3rd February an explosion occurred in No.3 centre tank and 9 shipyard workers lost their lives. The vessel suffered structured deformation and was considered following inspection and survey, a total write off. It had been occupying this dock ever since the explosion until it was decided that the best option to utilize its remaining value was to scuttle her as a diving attraction and to start a new life as an artificial reef.
On 2nd September 1998 Mt Um El Faroud was towed out of Grand Harbour en route towards its final destination. Now resting upright on white sand at 35 metres, this 10,000 tonne, 109 metre long tanker is gradually becoming one of Malta’s most popular advanced dives.
The Um El Faroud has an increasingly established abundance of sea life with grouper, amberjack, octopus and Barracuda making their home around this wreck. Situated a comfortable swim from the Blue Grotto entrance you can fly out at 10 metres and enjoy the panorama you see below. Experienced divers are able to safely penetrate the wreck, and with good visibility the view is spectacular. As a 109 metre wreck, though now in two pieces, one dive cannot possibly do the Um El Faroud justice. The wreck just entices you back for more.
Wied iz-Zurrieq is situated 45 minutes drive from AquaVenture.