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Canyon, Bligh waters

   Fiji  Pacific
Easy dive. Mild currents. Viz will vary depending on current. Expect to see large amounts of reef fish in the water column. Few sharks, mainly Whitetip reef sharks if any. Some macro, primarily nudibranchs.

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House Reef at Buddy Dive, Bonaire

   Aruba  Caribbean Sea
CFWA of Longlure Frogfish Canon 7D in Ikelite Housing w Tokina 10-17mm f2.8 FE, DS 160/161 Strobes

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Band aIsland, North Sulawesi

   Indonesia  Banda Sea
Nice Resort at Banda Island, divesites within 10 minutes, good macro

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House reef off Captain Don's Habitat

   Aruba  Caribbean Sea
Canon 7D/Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro in Ikelite Housing/DS160&161 strobes

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Tug boat

   Netherlands Antilles  Gulf of Venezuela
The tug boat is in shallow water; it has quite an abundance of fish and marine life around it. Pretty well preserved even though it has been down a while

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San Benedicto Island

   Mexico  Pacific
I dove with the Nautilus Explorer out of Cabo San Lucas. Great operation to dive with.

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Shagra Bay

   Egypt  Red Sea
House Reef

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Million Hope Nabq Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
The Million Hope Wreck






Location:


28 03' 42" N, 34 26' 40"E. Southern Gulf of Aqaba on east coast of Sinai Peninsular




Access:


Day boat from Sharm El Sheikh




Minimum Depth to Wreck


0m (Superstructure above water level)




Maximum Depth to Seabed:


22m (at stern)




Average Visibility:


20-25m




The Ship


Built in Japan, as a Bulk Carrier with additional facilities for transporting vehicles, the Million Hope was launched as the "Ryusei Maru" in 1972. She was a very large ship - displacing 26,181 grt and measuring 174.6m x 24.8m with a draught of 10m. Her bridge castle is located at the stern behind 5 cargo holds - in between which are four massive cranes towering high above the decks. The ship was powered by two 6 Cylinder diesel engines capable of producing 11,600 bhp and a top speed of 17 knots.


The ship had several names during her lifetime before being purchased by the Aksonas Shipping Co Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus for 136 million in 1996. It was at this time she was finally renamed "Million Hope" and promptly insured for 41 Million. Only six weeks later, she became a constructive total loss.


The Loss of the Million Hope


Loaded with a 26,000 ton cargo of Potash and Phosphates, the Million Hope sailed from Jordan's only port of Aqaba on 19 June 1996 - destination Taiwan. Visibility, however, quickly deteriorated and early on 20 June the vessel struck the inshore Reef near Nabq - on the western shores of the Gulf of Aqaba, approx. 3 miles north of Sharm El Sheikh.


Lloyds List dated 24 June 1996 carried the following item under "Casualty Report:"


"MILLION HOPE "(Cyprus)


Jun 21: Egyptian Maritime Officials said yesterday they were concerned about possible leakage of about 23,000 tons of phosphate and potassium plus 700 tons of fuel from the bulk carrier Million Hope which sank off Egypts Sinai Peninsular, Cairo radio reported. All 25 members of the crew ere rescued by Egyptian naval vessels and other vessels in an operation that lasted more than 20 hours. The vessel, on voyage from Jordan to Taiwan, was ripped open by coral reefs near Egypts Sharm El-Sheikh resort. The vessels mainly Filipino crew huddled in the stern and refused to abandon ship until it became clear the vessel would sink, Cairo radio said. Some of the crew accused the vessels master of failing to follow the areas prescribed navigation routes and of maintaining speed despite poor visibility."


The cargo actually comprised 15,000 tons of Potash and 11,000 tons of phosphate rock and the big concern was that this would slowly dissolve in seawater - producing an algae-like film that would blot out essential sunlight from all adjacent reefs. Major Salvage companies were, therefore, invited to tender for the salvage of this cargo which was separately valued at 1.3 million. This operation was successfully carried out.
With much of her superstructure still out of the water, the Million Hope can be seen from several miles away. She is basically upright but with a pronounced list to port - i.e. away from the Reef. Her entire starboard side rests against the reef on which she foundered and her keel lies along the seabed at the base of that reef at between 19 - 24m. Her decks are underwater but not the focsle. Apart from fairly superficial damage, the vessel is completely intact - with no evidence of salvage.

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Gordon Reef - Straight of Tiran - Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
The fist one and the biggest one of the fourth reefs of the Straight of Tiran. Nice dive with sandy bottom and also a plateau full of corals. Barrels, the cargo, (north/east) and also pieces (south/west) of the Louvilla Wreck (1981) that now is upon the reef in the north. The current split in the middle of the reef.

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Negros Occidental, Sipalay

   Philippines  Visayan Sea
perfect for macro fotography

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Ras Gohzlani - Ras Mohammed National Park - Sharm el Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
Very quiet dive site with sandy bottom

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Temple - Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
Relaxing dive site with sandy bottom max depth 20mt, on the drop off vertical wall undefined depth, 3 big pinnacoles that appears one temple.

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Barri Reef - Bonaire

   Netherlands Antilles  Caribbean Sea
Got extra close with my Sea & Sea 2G. Used an additional wet close-up macro lens

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Valley of the Dolls

   Cayman islands  Caribbean Sea
White shoe shrimp, found in Touch-me-not Sponges

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Taucherkessel Löbejün + Suggest a Photo HodnotitUpravit Taucherkessel Löbejün

   Germany
one of the nices places in Germany for freshwater diving

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Löbejün divig center

   Germany
one of the best divig in this year

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DEEP SEA DIVING center

   Croatia  Adriatic Sea
one of the very good center in Croatia

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Six Senses Laamu House Reef

   Maldives  Indian Ocean
House Reef at Six Senses Laamu, a 5 star resort in the Laamu Atoll

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Zablače diving center

   Croatia  Mediterranean Sea
Realy nice place for diving

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Shagra Bay (north)

   Egypt  Red Sea
The Indian mackerel is found in warm shallow waters along the coasts of the Indian and Western Pacific oceans. Its range extends from the Red Sea and East Africa in the west to Indonesia in the east, and from China and the Ryukyu Islands in the north to Australia, Melanesia and Samoa in the south. It has also entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal. [Wikipedia]

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