Arrival / Departure Date - 05.05.2017 - 12.05.2017
This trip will really be like no other wreck trip you have attended in the Red Sea. It will be one full week, just diving the mighty Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misr.
The AL Qamar AL Saudi AL Misr was originally built as the 7,697 GRT Roll On/Roll Off PAX-ferry Trekroner built at Cant. Nav. del Tirreno e Riuniti, Riva Trigoso, Genoa, Italy (Yard No. 281) for Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (translation: The United Steamship Company), Copenhagen, Denmark. The keep was laid in April 1967, she was launched 27 March 1970, and she was completed on 30 March of the same year. With a crew of 67, the ship was capable of carrying 718 passengers and 120 automobiles.
On 18 June 1994 was on the return trip from Jeddah to Suez with 527 passengers and 63 crew onboard, when late during the evening a boiler explosion occurred which is said to have started a major fuel oil leak in the engine room which ignited. The resulting fire quickly spread throughout the rest of the vessel. A “Mayday” was sent from the ship and various vessels responded to the call for assistance. Lifeboats were lowered and passengers began jumping overboard to escape the spreading fire. The USS Briscoe, a US Navy Destroyer, was the ship nearest to the Al-Misr at 25-miles away, raced to the scene and acted as the On-Scene Command Center during the rescuing of passengers and crew.
The Al-Qamar Al-Saudi Al-Misr burned throughout the rest of the night and eventually sank the following morning in 83 meters with a total of 50 injuries, 8 confirmed casualties, and 13 missing and later declared dead.
Certainly one for the technical divers, the Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misr starts at around 60m, down to around 83m, with the optimal dive depth being at around 75m.
The general consensus from divers we take to the Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misr is that it needs many dives to fully explore her, and this is the aim of this trip. To spend a full week fully exploring this awesome, relatively untouched wreck.
The cost for the trip will be €1000 per person and this includes: full board accommodation on board our very own technical safari boat, MV Legends. Soft drinks, Rebreather Cylinders, Stage Cylinders, Oxygen (for CCR), transfer from the airport to the boat and back to the airport at the end of the trip.
Helium is charged at €0.09 per litre and Sofnolime at €8.50 per kg. Gases are charged only on what you use but there will be a €20.00 pumping fee for each stage cylinder.
Flights, entry visas into Egypt and alcohol on board are also not included.
A 50% deposit will be required to confirm your place with the balance to be paid one month before trip date.
Price includes: Full board accommodation on MV Legends, Premium Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Snacks, Airport Transfers, Stage Cylinders, 12L Recreational Cylinders,
Price does not include: flights, Egyptian entry visa, Sofnolime, Helium, 15L Cylinders, Twinsets, Marine Park Fees, €80 EURO Guest Tourist Tax (payable on arrival). See "Extras" price list for more information. All itineraries are subject to weather conditions. In adverse weather we may find alternative dive sites in the interest of guest safety.
There are currently 12 places remaining.