Wreck Dive Site Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures were commissioned by the local authorities Sabah Parks to prepare & sink KM Kuraman in the TAR Park for the purpose of it becoming a dive attraction and also an artificial reef in future years.

The British built 103ft long patrol served for almost 50 years with the Malaysian Navy under the name of KD Renchong. She was then transferred over to Maritim Malaysia where she was re-named KM Kuraman (after an island near Labuan) and continued to serve for another five years then eventually de-commissioned in 2017.

We were delighted and honoured to be selected for this assignment! The Wreck Dive Site Kota Kinabalu Sabah project was planned and executed by our very own Richard Swann Downbelow’s Managing Director and resident PADI Platinum Course Director. Along with the Downbelow staff team whom we would like to thank very much for their commitment to this task.

Our Mission

With divers in mind, we wanted to sink the ship in an upright position and clear her internally so she was suitable for the marine environment. We also wanted to open up compartments to create penetration dive opportunities for suitably qualified future divers to enjoy. From the point of contact we had less than two weeks to make this happen.

We had the added challenge of sinking on the pre arranged date of the 17th November 2016 at 11:00am to 11:15am which had been requested by the Ministry as they had organised a ceremony to pay their respects to the long serving ship with media present for the event. With this deadline to meet, the pressure was on for Richard and the Downbelow team to deliver rain or shine.

Conclusion

After a lot of hard work we are pleased to say the Downbelow team met the stipulated date and time requirement and KM Kuraman was sunk as planned at 11:12am on the 17th November 2016 in an upright position located between the islands of Manukan, Sulug & Mamutik in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park as designated by the Sabah Parks Committee. She now lies peacefully where she will continue to serve the diving public and the marine environment as a home to various marine species in future years.

The mainly steel ship took 12 minutes to dissappear below the surface. PADI Course Directors Richard Swann and Mohd. Fauzi @ Pablo conducted a safety check dive just 8 minutes later to verify her position was sound.

Quote Richard Swann

“She sank flawlessly and after a little time to settle she will become a great dive attraction for the TAR Park perfect for fun SCUBA excursions and diver training.

Well done to the Ministry of Tourism, Maritim Malaysia and Sabah Parks for making this happen as she will benefit local dive centres, tourism and marine life in the area for many years to come. Now we ask local dive guides to assist taking good care of her to ensure she is respected and remains undamaged as we are sure she will be visited by countless enthusiastic divers.”

It’s not everyday a team of PADI Instructors get to prepare and sink a ship to create a new dive site so we all felt very priviledged to be involved in this project we also know every nut and bolt of KM Kuraman so if you want to dive her please contact us.

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