Um El Faroud
Location: 150m off from Wied Iz-Zurrieq

Max Depth (m): 34m

Orientation: Sitting Upright

Site Access: Boat

Diver Level: AOW [Or Equivalent]

Nationality: Libyan

Type Of Wreck: Tanker [designed as a Freighter]

Propulsion: -

Weight (tons): 10,000grt

Dimensions (m): 110m

Cause Lost:

Intentionally scuttled for divers

Date Lost: 02.09.1998

Date Rediscovered: -

Date Built: 1969

Builder: Smith Dock of Middlesburgh

Owner: -

Engine: -

Power: -

Speed: -

Protected: No



Last Update: 20.02.2009


Possibly the best wreck dive in the Mediterranean, the Um El Faroud was scuttled in 1998 following a terrible explosion on board that killed nine Maltese dockyard workers.


For three years she lay in the harbour of Valletta, now with the memorial brass plaque above the front windows of the helm, she sits upright on the sandy seabed Southwest of Wied-iz-Zurrieq. The Um El Faroud weighs 10,000 tons and is 110 metres long. The depth to the top of the bridge is 16m and 26m to the main deck. It is 36m to the propeller and rudder and 30m to the sand below the bows.


Divers might come across some squid and barracudas at the stern. The port side is usually teaming with large schools of sea bream, parrotfish and silversides. Sometimes one can come across the occasional amberjack and tuna.


The wreck can be entered fairly easily, but due to its size, this should be restricted only to divers with advanced wreck diving training.


A fantastic dive, not to be missed.