Deep North


28°01.063′ N – 34°29.242′ E

n August 1984 the ship Kormoran, built in 1963 in

the Rostock shipyards (Germany) was coming from Aqaba with a cargo of phosphate when an error in navigation caused it to hit the northern side of the reef bordering the island of Tiran, known by divers as Laguna Reef. The impact was tremendous and the vessel, which in 1980 had been renamed Zingara, lost almost all of its bow, two large cracks opened on its left side and the superstructure was irreparably damaged.

Now scuba divers at Sharm el- Sheikh can enjoy the interesting experience of going to see this wreck, which is still relatively unknown. A few minutes from the

North Laguna beacon, lying in the shallows less than 12 meters, the Kormoran, which is about 80 meters long, is easy to find because its stern is partly above the surface. There is no difficulty in diving here, but it must be done when the sea is calm to ensure good visibility. The best conditions for a dive are usually in the afternoon, when the tide changes and the current is at its slowest. The stern, propeller, 6-cylinder engine that once enabled the ship to achieve a

KORMORAN Type of ship: merchant Year of construction: 1963 Length: 82.4 m Width: 12.7 m Tonnage: 2.733 t Date of shipwreck:

 The only dive onto a wreck suitable for OW divers. • The wreck is easy to reach and spot. • Some parts of the ship are really well preserved. . Interesting views for photography buffs.

1984 Depth: 0-12 m