Hebatallah Shipwreck Egypt information, tours, prices and online booking

Hebatallah Shipwreck is one of the most famous wreck diving sites in Hurghada. In fact, the ship was a small cargo ship of 494 GRT. It built for the Egyptian Government at Breheret Ets., Ingrandes, France in 1985. When launched, it was 44.5 meters in length and 8.5 meters in beam. In fact, it was with diesel engines and a single propeller for a speed of 8 knots. Hebatallah intentionally sunk on 07 November 2004 between the Giftun Island and Gota Abu Ramada. It was in the El Arouk Giftun area as Egypt’s first artificial reef. The idea behind the sinking was to relieve some of the pressure from dive tourism. In fact, it is on some of the other popular dive sites in the area. Hebataalla Shipwreck lies on the reef just outside of Hurghada’s main harbor for some years.

It was after having broken its moorings in heavy weather. Moreover, Hebatallah Shipwreck drifted onto the reef. Furthermore, it looked to be the perfect candidate for a new recreational wreck dive. The Red Sea Diving Association, with cooperation from the Egyptian Navy and the Red Sea Governor, purchased the ship from its owner. And then, the arrangements began for its sinking. This included removing all fuels, oils, and fluids from the ship’s machinery and tanks. Moreover, it also included the removal of all trash and loose equipment. Finally, they closed off areas where penetration prohibited and clearly marking exit points. Once all of this completed, the ship was ready for sinking.

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Hebatallah ship originally sank in 30-meters of water. In fact, it was to provide access by divers of all certification levels. Yet, this was not to be. Unfortunately it sank in the wrong location and ended up resting in 46 meters of water instead, putting this wreck in the category of a shallow technical dive. Hebatallah Shipwreck lies upright on an even keel on a sandy bottom in 46 meters of water. The superstructure aft rises to a depth of 25 meters and its forward mast reaches up to 15 meters. In fact, the is a great dive for technical divers who are refreshing skills and testing new equipment.

Moreover, it is also great for these people who do not have the experience yet to go to deeper depths. The ship’s cargo hold lies between the superstructure and the forward mast is empty and open, and is easily accessed. The pilothouse is accessible as are two small spaces in the foc’sle. The ship, although a new wreck, already colonized by corals and the standard aquatic life in the area. In fact, there are some minimum requirements and restrictions on this wreck.

Hebatallah Shipwreck diving site regulations:

In fact, the divers must have a minimum of 100 logged dives and be certified as CMAS 3 star divers or equivalent e.g. Dive master with PADI, NAUI, SDI / BSAC sport diver / SSI dive control specialist. Moreover, only one dive per day allowed on the wreck. In fact,  diving the Hebatallah will inevitably require staged decompression. Furthermore, a maximum of three boats allowed to moor on the site at any one time. This is very important to adhere to ensure the sustained integrity of the wreck and for the enjoyment of the divers. Moreover, It strongly recommended that dive centers and dive guides do not allow full penetration of the Hebatallah Shipwreck. In fact, it is except for divers who certified to do so (such as full cave and advanced wreck qualifications).

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