TUGBOATS – ST. MICHAEL & 10 

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TUGBOATS – ST. MICHAEL & 10

Location: Marsascala
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The tugboats St. Michael and 10 were scuttled on the 16th May, 1998, as part of a plan to create an artificial reef at Zonqor Point in Marsascala. At a maximum depth of 22m they are both upright on a flat sandy bottom and have created an oasis for marine life, transforming an ecologically barren area into a shore dive location which is accessible to divers of all levels.

The site is particularly well chosen because it is protected from the prevailing north-westerly winds and can therefore be dived when other areas are unreachable due to bad weather conditions. The tugboats, 20 and 16 meters in length – the St. Michael being the longer – saw many years of service towing vessels around Grand Harbour, until they were moored at Jetties Wharf and left partially submerged.

They underwent a clean up operation to be made environmentally and diver friendly – all glass, doors and hatches were removed and passageways opened to prevent divers who venture within from becoming trapped. The preparation, towing and scuttling operations were funded by Charles and Anthony Cassar Boat and Ship Repair Ltd. of Marsa.