Tanker wrecked off Qawra could become new diving spot

A tanker that ran aground in Qawra last year could soon become a diving attraction.

The Hephaestus was stranded on the rocks near Qawra Point after a freak storm in February 2018.

And now there are plans to scuttle the 60-metre vessel off the coast of Gozo.

The Professional Diving Schools Association of Malta has launched a planning application to transform the ship into an underwater attraction, according to Divernet.com.

If successful, it would be scuttled near three other popular shipwrecks – the MV Xlendi, The MV Cominoland and the MV Karwela.

The Hephaestus became an internet sensation for six months when it ended up marooned on the rocks near Qawra Point.

Thousands of Instagrammers snapped perfectly posed pictures near the 885-tonne Togo-registered ship.

In August 2018, Hephaestus was towed to a shipyard in Marsa, however the vessel’s owners decided it was beyond repair.

Read more: Divernet.com

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