April 3, 2012 – 7:05 pm
The former Royal Malaysian Navy warship KM Sipadan was sunk on 28th March 2012 to become an artificial reef.
KM Sipadan was commissioned some 48 years ago under the original name KD Sri Sarawak. It was decommissioned in 2005 and deployed to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Prior to sinking, she was cleaned so as not to pollute the South China Sea, and the engine and weapons were removed.
The KM Sipadan is 31m long and 4.5m wide and lies at the Sawadee dive site at around 30 metres depth, with the deck at around 25 metres. Sawadee is just south of Pulau Tioman’s popular ABC beach area so is easy to reach.
The Sipadan wreck will soon be covered in marine life and we can’t wait until the marine park officially releases the wreck to divers which will happen once it is firmly settled on the seabed. She is fully penetrable but still needs to be mapped to ensure safe entry and exit.
Plans are afoot to offer special training packages including Nitrox, Wreck and Deep Specialty courses.
Contact Symbiosis for more info and to arrange a trip to Peninsular Malaysia.