Revisiting the P31 Wreck

On this dive I revisited the P31 wreck, a former patrol boat of the Maritime Squadron of the Armed Forces of Malta.  Originally called Pasewalk (GS05), this was an East-German Kondor 1 Class minesweeper.  In 1992 it was purchased by Malta and used for border control and anti-smuggling operations until 2004.  Particularly worthy of mention is its role in the rescue of 251 irregular migrants whose 20-metre boat started sinking around 71km South of Malta.  Upon being decommissioned, P31 was scuttled off Comino (at Taħt il-Mazz).

Being the only wreck easily accessible to beginner open-water divers based in Gozo or the northern coast of Malta (since it lies at only 12-18m depth), this site sees a lot of activity, especially in Summer months.


Dive Log Info
Date: 07/06/2016
Site: P31 Wreck, Comino
Time in: 09:50
Time out: 10:30
Runtime: 40min
Max Depth: 18.7m
Bottom Temperature: 19ºC
Visibility: Good

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