Haven – The Story

The largest Wreck you can dive in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Amoco Milford Haven was built by Astilleros Españoles S.A. in Cadiz, Spain, the sister ship of Amoco Cadiz, which sank in 1978.

Launched in 1973, she worked various routes shipping crude oil from the middle east gulf. In 1988 she was hit by a missile in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War.



11th April 1991, 12.40 am.

Haven was unloading a cargo of 230,000 tonnes of crude oil to the Multedo floating platform, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) off the coast of GenoaItaly. Having transferred 80,000 tonnes, the ship disconnected from the platform for a routine internal transfer operation, to allow oil to be pumped from two side-holds into a central one. Then there was an awful explosion. As the fire engulfed the ship, flames rose 100m high and, after a series of further explosions occurred, between 30-40,000 tons of oil poured into the sea.



14th April, 10.05 am.

The Italian authorities acted quickly, with hundreds of men fighting a fire which was difficult to access, and distributing more than 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) of inflatable barriers, submerged a metre below the surface, around the vessel to control the spillage.

The 250m long main body has been transported  2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the coast, – depth 80m.

The Haven  is now the largest wreck in the Mediterranean Sea 

An intensive depollution and cleaning action has been performed  in the following years and now the wreck has become a wonderful diving area with anemones, oysters, nudibranches.



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