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Million Hope Nabq Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
The Million Hope Wreck


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


Day boat from Sharm El Sheikh

Minimum Depth to Wreck

0m (Superstructure above water level)

Maximum Depth to Seabed:

22m (at stern)

Average Visibility:


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:"


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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Ras Gohzlani - Ras Mohammed National Park - Sharm el Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
Very quiet dive site with sandy bottom

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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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Issa diving center

   Croatia  Mediterranean Sea
Super place for diving , great crew in center

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island Vis , Komiža reef

   Croatia  Mediterranean Sea
Beatiful reef

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Stragglers, St. Thomas USVI

   United States  Caribbean Sea
This pod of Dolphins came up on us from behind, gave us a quick look and kept going.

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Jackfish Alley Ras Mohammed National Park

   Egypt  Red Sea
Reef coast and satellite reef separed by sandy street

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Capo di stella, Isola d' Elba

   Italy  Mediterranean Sea
Great divespot with various types of gorgonias, barracudas, macrels and other fish.

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   India  Andaman Sea
Diving Narcondam is a fantastic experience. It´s very remote and almost untouched. You can find all kind of stuff there...

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Banco Chinchorro

   Mexico  Caribbean Sea
Excelent Place with very nice Dives with many wreck around, ginger soul, 40 Cañones

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bocas del toro

   Panama  Caribbean Sea
great for macro photograpy very warm sea and allways calm

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Arches & Tunnels

   United States  Caribbean Sea
St. Thomas has some great opportunities for macro photography

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Between Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands

   United States  Pacific
Open water spot, may find blue and mako sharks here.

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Alfa Buceo, Los Molles, Chile

   Chile  Chilean Sea
un Excelente lugar de buceo diversidad de lugares y aguas claras (10 - 15 mtrs)

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Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson

   New Zealand  Tasman Sea
Okiwi Bay is a great place to dive for Scallops when the season is open. The bottom is sandy and has a variety of marine life such as Rays, Skates, Seahorse, Flounders, Octopus, Leather Jackets etc. In winter the sea can get down to 9 degrees and in summer up to 21 degrees.
Okiwi Bay offers access to a wide variety of diving in close proximety including Cray diving and Wrecks.
Depending on where you are diving the depth can be anywhere from 10m to 30, but on average 20m. The viz varies depending on what season it is and what type of weather has been, but an average would be 6m.
On the rare occassion Orca's have come into the bay!

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   Philippines  Philippine Sea
I use canon G12 - Isotecnic housing - 2 strobe - Macro Lens ULC 165
F8 1/250 iso 100

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Daedalus Reef (south side)

   Egypt  Red Sea
Pomacentridae are a family of perciform fish, comprising the damselfishes and clownfishes. They are primarily marine, while a few species inhabit freshwater and brackish environments (e.g., Neopomacentrus aquadulcis, N. taeniurus, Pomacentrus taeniometopon, Stegastes otophorus). They are noted for their hardy constitutions and territoriality. Many are brightly colored, so they are popular in aquaria. [Wikipedia]

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Big Brother Island (S.S. Numidia)

   Egypt  Red Sea
Taken during a liveaboard trip to the two "Brothers" and the "Deadalus Reef" with the "Seven7Seas".

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   Costa Rica
One of the best large animal dive sites I've ever been to. We had schooling hammerheads, whale sharks. galapagos sharks and possible one tiger shark.

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