KM Sipidan Wreck

In Boat Dives Close to Tioman Island by Grahame Massicks

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The KM Sipidan Wreck was intentionally sunk in Tekek Bay, Tioman Island, Malaysia quite recently. This is an ex Naval vessel of aluminium construction. It was carefully decommissioned to avoid environmental damage. It was also decommissioned with a view to diver training. Allowance has been made for penetration dives which makes the Sipidan suitable for advanced Wreck and Technical dive courses.

Because of it’s depth, the hull sits on the sand at about 25 meters, it is a suitable dive for recreational dive courses like Wreck and Nitrox. If you are confused about the different types of diving courses mentioned above, I intend to write a blog about the different categories of diving activities at some point in the future.

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Buoy line gobies

It is too soon for the wreck to have attracted much marine growth, but I did find some interesting Nudibranch there when I dived it at the beginning of 2013. I am not sure how well marine plant life will attach to aluminium, but this is a site that will get better and better in the years to come. It is great to see that the authorities are looking forward and taking action now to invest in the future of the Malaysian diving community. I must add that I think it is of particular note that the KM Sipidan Wreck is suitable for technical diver training. This is an aspect of diving that is growing all the time and will become more important as the diving industry here in Malaysia reaches maturity.

The descent and ascent is made with the help of a mooring line attached to the stern. This provides the additional benefits of making the wreck easy to find, having a reference point for the safety stop, and making it easy and fast to fetch the divers back to the boat at the end of the dive.

A local wit has tied an old BCD to the mast, although I must admit I find it hard to find the joke!

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