Wednesday, 21 March 2012

P29 Patrol Boat - Malta Dive Sites/Malta Dive Site

P29 Patrol Boat - Malta Dive Site - Scuba Diving
P29 Patrol Boat was a Kondor I Class former Minesweeper and Patrol Boat scuttled in August 2007 off ÄŠirkewwa. Built by Peenewerft shipyard as a Minesweeper for the East German Navy under the name Boltenhagen. She served with the Armed Forces of Malta as an offshore patrol boat for almost 10 years. The P29 minesweeper patrol boat is Malta's latest wreck.  The Kondor Class minesweeper was orginally built for the German navy but later used by the Armed forces of Malta as a patrol boat.  The sinking of the Patrol boat as a diving attraction was arranged by the Malta Marine Foundation and sponsored by the Malta Tourism Authority.  A sister ship is due to be sunk later off Comino.  The P29 was sank quite some distance from shore but can be dived by the fit.  It is much more easy to dive this wreck by boat and it has been a huge hit with our diving clients.  The wreck is around 52 metres long and hit the bottom end on before lying flat at 37 metres.