Scuba Diving in Malta - Exploration of P31 Shipwreck





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Published on Nov 22, 2009

A video shot in Comino by the team of DIVING BG Diving and Lifestyle Magazine. More exciting videos you can find on www.divingbg.com

The P31, a former AFM patrol boat, has been scuttled under the Comino Coastal Tower in the area known as tal-Matz.
Project coordinator Mark Scerri Simiana said the 52-metre boat was scuttled at a depth of 18 metres. Part of its mast had to be sawn off so that there would be a five metre gap between the top of the boat and the surface of the sea.

The boat was towed by the mv Sea Wolf II this morning and was positioned for scuttling by a Cassar Ship Repair Yard representative.The boat has been stored at Cassar's yard since 2005, after it was decommissioned by the AFM and bought by the Malta Tourism Authority.

Mr Scerri Simiana said that this scuttling followed that of the P29, in August 2007. Both projects have been fully financed from the MTA's budget.
The P31 is now a wreck for the diving industry and will also aid the eco-system as it will increase the small fish population.
Both the P31 and the P29 were used in East Germany in the cold war era to patrol the river banks between the east and the west. They were also used for mine sweeping operations between Germany and Denmark. The AFM used them to patrol the continental shelf and against smuggling operations.


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