A 60m tanker which ran aground in Qawra last year is to be scuttled off the coast of Qala in Gozo.
The Hephaestus a 885 tonne vessel was stranded on the rocks after storm which hit Malta during the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck.
The Professional Diving Schools Association of Malta, Gozo and Comino (PDSA) have begun the planning application process for the operation, the ship is presently being cleaned and prepared for scuttling. The Hephaestus will become another diving attraction for visiting and local divers. This wreck will come to rest on a sandy area at a depth of 30-40 meters, making this an ideal wreck for Advanced level divers. Artificial reefs attract sealife, providing a safe heaven for sea life and acting as a nursery for smaller fish.
The aim is for this to be scuttled at the start of the 2020 diving season.