MT Hephaestus

Hephaestus wreck

The MT Hephaestus wreck, situated off the coast of Xatt l-Ahmar in Gozo, Malta, presents an intriguing dive site for divers. The ship found its final resting place on the seabed at a depth of 46 meters after running aground off Qawra Point during a heavy storm on February 10, 2018.

The wreck of Hephaestus is noted for its accessibility both from the shore and by boat, with the use of an underwater scooter recommended for shore dives. The site offers a blend of adventurous diving experiences, featuring a significant depth range of 35 – 47 meters.

The dive offers a glimpse into the ship’s structure, where divers can explore the engine room and observe the machinery left undisturbed. The area around the wreck attracts a variety of marine life, including species like barracuda, grouper, moray, octopus, and stingray, enhancing the underwater experience.

The MT Hephaestus wreck adds a unique dimension to Gozo’s diving landscape, offering an exceptional experience for those who seek adventure and are equipped to handle the depth and technical aspects of the dive.


Name: Hephaestus

Owner: Orbiter Navigation Corp.

Operator: Volont Maritime S.A.

Port of registry: Lomé, Togo

Builder: Broderna Jonssons Torrdocka (Kallansdso Varv AB), Linköping


Type: Oil tanker

Tonnage: 595 GRT

Length: 61.33 m (201.2 ft)

Beam: 7.93 m (26.0 ft)

Depth: 4.02 m (13.2 ft)


Dive location: