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.
August 16, 2012
The diving last week with diving.de and Marlies Lang was not only because of the sharks very impressive. On certain divespots you also can see massive sea turtles. On one dive we were very lucky and saw Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. If you … Continue reading
August 15, 2012
Sometimes you just hang around in the water and have to wait. I was diving with an instructor and his student and they asked me if I could take a few nice shots for the family album. I jumped into … Continue reading
August 14, 2012
The best dive in El Quseir with diving.de and Marlies Lang was of course with the sharks. But that does not mean everything else is boring down there. The dive sites are beautiful – like the rest of the Red Sea. As an … Continue reading
August 13, 2012
Certain dives you never ever forget in your live. We knew that we have a good chance to see sharks in El Quseir with diving.de. A good friend of mine, Course Director Marlies Lang, works there and we decided to visit … Continue reading
May 1, 2012
I really don’t know what to say?! Most people related to underwater sports know that it is important to protect the fragile underwater ecosystem and especially the corals. Freediver Fred Sessa or his student has nothing better to do then sitting … Continue reading
April 25, 2012
This happened on a beach in Brazil. This episode was filmed right from the start and shows the instant reaction by the people on the beach.
April 21, 2012
Well I could not fit more into the headline – but the whole last day of the Dahab Festival was packed with events. First there was the second raft race. This time Team Sinai Divers was unbeatable. Around 5pm suddenly a Flash … Continue reading
April 20, 2012
Yesterday on the second last day of the Dahab Festival there was a very nice potpourri of bands playing. From Fun Rock to Blues via Reggae we spent a really nice evening at the main festival area by the bridge. So here … Continue reading
April 15, 2012
Just a few impressions from the first day of the Dahab Festival 2012. The Raft Race was starting at Lighthouse an ending at the bridge. Desert Divers came first – congratulations! The snake charming show was held in Mirage Village. … Continue reading