Year of construction: 1969
Tonnage: 2900 GRT
Sunk: 19. April 1984
Position: North side of Abu Nuhas
min. depth: 10 m
max. depth: 27 m
The Ghiannis D was a large modern freighter.
The ship was 99 m long and was propelled by 2 machines with 2 screws. On 19. April 1984 it was on it’s way from Rijeka to AI Hudayda at the southern end of the Red Sea, when the bow ran aground on the reef and was held there, half swimming six weeks long, before the force of the sea smashed it into two parts.
For a long time the front half remained upright and indicated the place of misfortune, then it also sagged and lay on the port side.
The rear half of the wreck
lies a little bent, on the port side. Over the front of the Quarterdecks, rises the funnel with the large letters “D”.
“D” stands for the name of the shipping company: Danae.
Before the funnel
lies the bridge deck, behind it different areas, an enormous winch, the bollard, the intact railing and also the framework, which supported a large awning in former times, which did not get damaged as it sank.
At the foot of the funnel,
are narrow portholes, which lead into the engine room. The machines offer an impressive sight, with their long series of camshafts, valves and lines.
The middle ship area
resembles a scrap heap, because steel girders are bent and torn up, and the side panels lie caved in on the sea-bottom. This area of the wreck is teeming with flatheads, scorpion fish and parrot fish. Also some groupers are at home here.
The bow in turn
is still intact. The large mast is still in place, however, it now stands parallel to the sea-bottom. By calm seas, you can accomplish wonderful dives here, and also beginners can dive this place.