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P29 Patrol Boat

Location Cirkewwa
Type Wreck (Patrol Boat/Minesweeper)
Maximum Depth 35 metres
Entry & Exit Shore
Typical Marine Life Grouper, Amber Jack, Barracuda, Rainbow Wrasse, Painted Combers, Nudibranch, Moray Eel

Built by VEB Peenewerft(Wolgast) former East German Kondor Class minesweeper Boltenhagen (ex BG31, GS09, G443), transferred to Malta as an unarmed patrol craft in the early 1990’s. Light armament was added afterwards. The P29 served with the AFM for over 12 years and was responsible for border control operations.

Scuttled in 2007 to create an attraction for divers, and now resting upright on white sand at 30 to 35 metres, the Patrol Boat is 52 metres long.

The P29 is situated a short swim from the center of the Marfa area, with entries possible either from Suzies Pool or the Steps. The water here is frequently so clear that the wreck can be seen from a distance and the whole ship appreciated. As the P29 was scuttled deliberately all hazards were removed or sealed off and made environmentally safe leaving many areas for exploration and adventure still open for the experienced diver. For divers choosing not to enter the superstructure or hull, there is an increasing amount of aquatic life to view during exploration of the exterior of the wreck.

The P29 is another example of what diving can give back to the environment.

Cirkewwa is situated only five minutes drive from AquaVenture.



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