TUGBOAT -   P31

DIVE MALTA SUBWAY ROZI 2

 

Location: COMINO
Maximum Depth: 20m
Constructed: 1960
Type: KONDOR-CLASS BOAT - ORIGINALLY MINESWEEPER
Weight (tons): 360 TONS
Dimensions: 52m LONG – 7m WIDTH
Builders: PEENEWERFT WOLGAST EAST GERMANY
Last Owner: ARMED FORCES OF MALTA

The P31 was primarily a mine sweeper in Germany . It was acquired by the Armed Forces of Malta in 1992 and spent 12 years patrolling our coastal waters. The P31 was the patrol boat that managed to save a record of 250+ migrants from drowning in one operation in 2002 . It was decommissioned by the Armed Forces and the Malta Tourism Authority bought the Patrol Boat to scuttle as a scuba diving attraction enhancing Malta’s Scuba Diving Product. It was made environmentally safe before it was scuttled
It gracefully went down to its final resting place on 24th August 2009. Her new mission has now started; it will now become a home to an abundance of marine life on Comino Island.

P31 lies upright on a sandy bottom at a depth of 18-20 metres. The bow is 20 metres and the stern is 18m. Clearance from the surface is about 7 metres.

South West side of Comino Island Approximate Coordinates 36° 00'.575N - 014° 19'.420E

At this depth this wreck is excellent for: open water divers (as it is within their depth limits), the advanced divers and even for snorkellers as it can be seen from the surface through the crystal clear waters. The divers who did the check dive after the P31 went down, commented that shoals of damsel fish greeted them as they descended on the wreck.