Ocean Revival Project

The Ocean Revival project is an initiative in the Algarve that has resulted in the sinking of four ex-navy ships to create a truly exceptional diving destination in the South of Portugal. The four ships; a frigate, a corvette class destroyer, an ocean patrol boat and a hydrographic vessel, were sunk in the same area to create one of the top wreck diving destinations in the world. The four wrecks have created a huge artificial reef that has greatly boosted marine life in the area.
The Ships
The Zambeze Ocean Patrol (292 tons, 44 meters long and 8 breadth).
The Oliveira e Carmo Corvette (1430 tons, 85 meters long e 12 breadth).
The Almeida Carvalho Hydrographic ship (1320 tons, 64 meters long and 12 breadth).
The Hermenegildo Capelo Frigate (2.700 tons, 102 meters long and 12 breadth).
In accordance with OSPAR Convention rules, the ships were cleaned of all environmentally hazardous materials or dangerous for divers. The preparation of the wrecks was done with the help of Canadian Artificial Reef Trading Consultant (CARC) that has been responsible for more than 23 Navy vessels that have been deliberately sunk around the world.

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