The Hephaestus, a 60m-long tanker that ran onto rocks in Malta last year, is now set to be deliberately sunk as the Mediterranean islands’ latest wreck attraction.
The 885-tonne Togo-registered vessel is to be scuttled at a depth of 30-40m off Qala Point on Gozo, at a site chosen because it is clear of seagrass beds.
As a boat-dive, the location is said to be easily accessible from Gozo, Malta or Comino.
Malta has a strong reputation among divers for its range of wreck-diving. The Hephaestus is currently being prepared with the aim of scuttling it next spring, ready for the start of the 2020 diving season.
A second smaller vessel, Patrol Boat 33,was originally earmarked to be scuttled as an artificial reef off Gozo in 2020, but the location of the wreck is now being reconsidered.