Diving Location: Wied iz-Zurrieq, Malta
Type: Shore dive
Maximum depth: 34m
Minimum diver ability: AOWD
The Um el Faroud is a 110m, oil tanker which was built in Middlesbrough in 1969 and operated between Malta and Libya. During maintenance works in the Malta Drydocks on the 3rd of February 1995, an explosion occurred in one of the fuel tanks, tragically killing nine shipyard workers in one of the worst accidents to happen at the dry docks following the Second World War.
The vessel suffered extensive structural damage and was deemed to be beyond repair. On the 2nd of September 1998, the ship was scuttled and provided an artificial reef which today is teeming with marine life.
This wreck can be accessed following a 10 minute swim from the shore and can be covered in one dive if the breathing rate is kept low. However, a majority of divers who visit this wreck opt to make two dives in order to appreciate the wreck’s structures and marine environment.