Divers banned from top wreck in Mediterranean

UPDATE 1st March 2012: It has been confirmed that the wreck is still open to divers.

Divers have been banned from one of the world’s top wrecks, the Zenobia in Cyprus.  This follows from a controversial decision by the port authority which has dismayed divers and could have serious repercussions for resident dive centers who use the wreck regularly.

The port authority took the decision after the family of a diver who died on the wreck in 2010 said they were considering legal action against the port.

The 12,000 tonne 178-metre long Zenobia sits at a depth of 42 metres on the seabed with the top lying at 15 metres making it accessible to novices yet still challenging to advanced divers.

It sank in 1980, taking with it some 1,000 lorries, industrial machinery and other cargo.


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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.


  1. Hi All… there is no such ban on the Zenobia. It was a total misinterpretation of an old 1973 by law in relation to the required permits of any diving with in a 3 mile radius of a port. Someone put 2&2 together and came up with 36 🙂 I can confirm that we at Alpha Divers http://www.alpha-divers.com have been diving the wreck last week and every day since with no limitations. Yiannis Kokkinos (GM) of the Cyprus Port Authority stated tonight on Cyp’ radio that permits have been granted to all dive schools and the law will will be changed to the benefit of the tourism industry as expected.
    So pack your bags, book your tickets… this amazing wreck awaits you 🙂 Safe diving all 🙂

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