As far as divers are concerned, crashing into a coral reef was the best thing that could have happened to cargo ship the Giannis D.
The 87 meter-long vessel went down after hitting the Shaab Abu Nuhas Reef on April 22 1983 and has since transformed into an underwater playground for diving enthusiasts.
Underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, 42, ventured the 24m down to examine the beautiful, broken hull and was impressed by the condition it’s maintained during its second life.
‘This is a great, well-preserved ship,’ Nekrasov said. ‘There are a lot of great items still on board – a trumpet, a winch, a ladder and the masts. All this has become overgrown with coral and the ship has acquired quite a mystical appearance.’
The softwood cargo of the Greek ship, which had sailed out of Rijeka in Croatia, was destined for the Saudi Arabian Port of Jeddah, with the remainder to be off-loaded at Hodeidah on the coast of Yemen.
But With the captain in his cabin for the night, the ship’s crew couldn’t navigate around the corner of the reef while getting up to the top speed of 14mph.
The hull was destroyed when the entire back half of the ship separated from the front half leaving the the forsaken wreck to now lie in three severed parts – the bows, amidships and stern.
Once the Giannis D had struck the coral reef, the crew abandoned the listing ship.
An Egyptian tug attempted to salvage the wreck, but it was eventually declared a loss and the ship was consigned to the depths.
The wreck of Giannis D has long been popular with scuba divers who are attracted to the size of the wreck and the clear water which has a visibility of up to 27 metres.