Giannis D - Background Story

Norbert Probst

Nuremberg, Germany

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Giannis D wreck, Abu Nuhas, Hurghada, Egypt, Red Sea

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The Giannis D is one of the most famous and favourite wrecks of the Red Sea. 99m in length and 16 metres in beam, she was built in Japan in 1969 and sailed under the name Shoyo Maru until 1975 when she was sold and renamed Markus. In 1980 she was sold to a Greek shipping company and renamed Giannis “D”.
Her final voyage was from Yugoslavia where she had taken on a cargo of wood and was bound for Yemen. After traveling through the Suez canal, she reached the rather narrow Straits of Gubal before reaching open sea. After setting the ship on course, the captain turned the helm over to one of his junior officers whilst he retired to his cabin. Unfortunately the Giannis D drifted off course, in a westerly direction and ran full steam into the north western edge of Shab Abu Nuhas Reef.
She struck the reef on 19 April 1983 and lies broken into three parts. The stern lies at 24 metres. The bow lies on its port side and the superstructure lies at a 45 degree angle. You can see the ship’s bent propellor partially buried in the sand at the bottom. The deck is covered with deck fittings, bollards and boat davits.

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