Red Sea Wrecks- The Giannis D.

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Type- Twin hold general cargo vessel

Built-  Kuryshima Dock Company of Imabari, Japan.

Launched- 1969 as the Shoyo Maru

Weight- 2932 ton

Dimensions- Length, 99.5m; Width, 16m; Draught, 6.53m

Engine- 6 cylinder diesel,  Max speed 12 knots.

Wrecked- 20th April 1983 Location-  27° 34’ 42″ N, 33° 55’ 24. Northwest corner of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef, Red Sea, Egypt.

History- The final voyage of the Giannis D began when in April 1983, she departed the port of Rijeka in Croatia, with a cargo of timber and headed to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. In the early hours of the 19th of April, The Giannis D passed through the Suez Canal and headed south down the Gulf of Suez. At approximately 03:30 after navigating the straights of Gubal, the Giannis D struck hard on the Northwest corner of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas while at full speed. Earlier, the captain believing he was in open water retired to his cabin, leaving the first mate in command. Soon after the grounding, the crew abandoned ship and were taken by an Egyptian tug to a nearby platform, after which they were transferred by helicopter to shore. There was no loss of life. The reef however, suffered massive damage. Besides the initial grounding, the ship took roughly a year to break up and sink. The wreckage from the ship pounded the surrounding reef to a pulp and even today the reef around the bow section looks bleak, with very little in the way of coral growing back. The

Dive- The wreck is broken up into two main sections, the bow lies against the reef at approximately 10m and the stern section at approximately 25m with the top area sitting around 4m under the surface, lying at a 45 degree angle on its port side.

The middle section is almost completely broken up with only one part which has a mast attached standing proud of the sea floor.

Entry into the wreck is possible through many points around the stern section, enabling divers to enter areas such as the engine room.

While this dive site is suitable for all levels on a calm day, entry into the wreck itself should only be attempted by experienced wreck divers with the appropriate training and equipment.

Unlike the reef at the bow section, the wreck itself is now slowly being colonised by many types of coral. Many species of fish, such as bat fish, angel fish and the usual lion fish swim around the wreckage while glass fish hide inside in large numbers. On the sea floor around the wreck you’ll find blue spotted rays and eels. It is best to dive this wreck over two dives as there is a large area to cover.

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published on September 23, 2012 by jason
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