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News From Diver's Lodge Dive Center: Hundred meters of the Red Sea water hides the mystery of the loss of Gulf Fleet No. 31 platform supply vessel

Hundred meters of the Red Sea water hides the mystery of the loss of Gulf Fleet No. 31 platform supply vessel. Sha’abrur Umm Gamer Wrecks. There are three wrecks laying on the reef of sha’abrur Umm Gamer. This is the third and the deepest now-known wreck of Sha’abrur Umm Gamar lies at a hundred-meter depth near its northern tip. Hundred meters of the Red Sea water hides the mystery of the loss of Gulf Fleet No. 31 platform supply vessel. Name of the vessel can be read on her sides and aft. There is also the answer to the question about the ship’s flag. Her homeport was New Orleans, United States of America. A quick glance at the wreck, it becomes clear that she is "fresh", i.e. sank quite recently. Her masts are where they should be. Crew’s personal belongings and ship's equipment are still not completely destroyed by the seawater. Quite modern design of the ship not to be neglected either. Knowing the name of the ship, today's information technology can help trace her life path. Indeed, the brief search yields some results. Gulf Fleet No. 31 was built in 1978 in Louisiana. Twin-screw steel tug had a length of more than 56 meters and a beam of 12 meters, draft of more than 4 meters. Her gross tonnage was of 294 register tons and engine power - three thousand horsepower. I failed to find the ship's lifetime image. But her twin Gulf Fleet No. 34 was built just a year after and is almost identical. According Lloyd’s Register, Gulf Fleet No. 31 hit Sha’abrur Umm Gamar reef and sank in 1983. But it’s unknown what caused the crash - whether the navigation error, or, say, engine failure. In those years, Texas-based Zapata Gulf Marine owned Gulf Fleet No. 31. New Orleans-based Tidewater Corporation acquired the later in 1992. Requests for information from the successor of the Gulf Fleet No. 31 owners have caused, unfortunately, the latter no enthusiasm. But the Egyptians remember that the whole night the crew was taking off the ship every valuable equipment. And the Red Sea closed over her with the first rays of the sun… It is possible that this is only speculation, which inevitably complies history of any wreck. But the pilothouse really has noticeable traces of hasty work. It is unlikely that marauder divers were interested in broken cumbersome electronics inside the wreck on the 100-meter depth... The wreck was discovered in 1995. The same year her stern was first dived to a depth of just over 80 meters. Today the wreck stands on an even keel with a strong trim by the bow. In the below crevice the depth is of 103 meters. (Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misry - Hurghada wreck) It's the wreck of the 125m long, 7600 ton ferry, Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misry sunk on the 19th May 1994 after an explosion in the engine room & subsequent fire while carrying 505 passengers & 63 crew with the loss of 21 lives The wreck lies in 83m of water with a minimum depth of 64m on the port side hull. It is intact and lying on its starboard side and makes for an absolutely fantastic dive in the Red Sea waters. We are doing it as a daily dive every day (weather permitted)

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