Saturday, 2 July 2011

M.S Hamada

The Stern of M.S Hamada -   Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2011
The Hamada was a small cargo ship of 654 GRT built at John Lewis & Sons Ltd.(Yard No. 347), Aberdeen, UK, for the P & O subsidiary company General Steam Navigation Co., Ltd. The ship was launched on 15 March 1965 as the Avocet (Registry No. 651078) and was completed on 12 June of that same year with a length of 65.10 meters, beam of 11.07 meters, and draught of 4.05 meters. Propulsion was provided by a single 1,470 bhp MN17 type diesel manufactured by British Polar Engine Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland, and a single propeller for a speed of 12.5 knots

From the time of her launching in 1965 until late 1971, the Avocet was operated in the coastal waters of the UK by the General Steam Navigation Co. On 01 October 1971 management and operation of the ship was transferred to another P & O subsidiary company called P & O Short Sea Shipping Ltd. Then, on 01 December 1972, ownership of the ship was transferred to General Steam Navigation (Trading) Ltd. Management and operation were transferred once again on 31 March 1975 to the P & O Ferry Line until 16 June 1976 when ownership was transferred to P & O Ferry's General European Ltd.


On 22 June of that same year the ship was sold to Stavros Elias Liakos Maritime Ltd., Cyprus, and renamed the Afroditi H, and then was resold to the Euromaster Navigation Co. Ltd., Cyprus.

From the time of her launching in 1965 until late 1971, the Avocet was operated in the coastal waters of the UK by the General Steam Navigation Co.
Another wreck found in this area, very similar to M.S Hamada - Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011

In 1982 the ship was renamed Samarah and then was sold to Leghorn Shipping Co. Ltd., Cyprus in 1983 where she operated for nearly two years before being sold yet again.
In 1985, the ship was sold to the Chaldean Shipping Co. Ltd., Cyprus, and renamed Hamada. A year later, in 1986, the Hamada was sold to the Phemios Shipping Co., Valetta, Malta.


There are different versions of the Hamada's loss. One report indicates that she caught fire and sank in deep water. The P & O file states that the ship struck a "submerged object" in heavy weather at position 24.42N/35.25E off of Ras Banas while enroute on 28 June 1993 from Jeddah to Suez and subsequently foundered.


Some others said that , The official report stated that she caught fire and sank in deep water on the date of 5 August 1993.  
What is known for sure is that the ship is now located in 18 meters of water at Abu Ghuson reef.



The Village of Abu Ghsoun أبو غصون  - Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
The assembly area in Abu Ghsoun أبو غصون  -  Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Pre-Dive Briefing - Photo by/ Elettra D' Amico
Photo by/ Dino Torresi
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
 Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
The port side of the ship protrudes just above the water line at low tide. Parts of the wreck are so shallow that you can snorkel them ! - Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
The wreck lies in 18 meters of water and has now broken in three with her holds facing the reef a few meters away. They are beginning to collapse the stern section, complete with superstructure has slipped further away from the reef.

Her port side is awash at the very low tide and the water can be above 31 degrees above her hull. Some of the cargo of plastic granules remain in the hold, in an eternal struggle to reach the surface.

Her phosphor bronze prop and rudder are intact in only 12 meters of water. the bow is quite impressive complete with anchors and the fo'csle contains a fork contain a fork lift truck as well as the anchor windlass and winches. The masts lie resting in the reef slope complete with cables.

Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011

Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
The M.S Hamada was carrying a cargo of plastic graduals - Photo reserved to Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
Photo reserved to Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright ©2011
The visibility can be down after strong winds, due to the sandy, shallow bottom.
Suitable for all diving levels providing suitable precautions taken and a guide present.

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