The wreck of the Demetrios II - stranded on rocks just off Chlorakas, Paphos, Cyprus, 15 January 2008

The wreck of the Demetrios II – stranded on rocks just off Chlorakas, Paphos, Cyprus, 15 January 2008

As you travel along the main road from Paphos to Coral Bay, you can’t miss the shipwreck just off the coast at Chlorakas.

Local knowledge of what it is and how it comes to be there is pretty thin.  So for the curious, here’s the story.

The wreck is the Demetrios II, a cargo ship built in 1964 by J J Sietas KG at their shipbuilding yard in Hamburg-Neuenfelder, Germany.

The Honduran-flagged M/V Demetrios II ran aground off Paphos Lighthouse on 23 March 1998 in heavy seas during a voyage from Greece to Syria with a cargo of timber.

At the time of the accident, the ship had eight crew members – four Greeks, two Pakistanis and two Syrians. The crew were rescued and airlifted to the safety of Paphos by a British Military Helicopter.

It was subsequently confirmed in the Lloyd’s List the competency certificates for the Greek Captain and the Pakistani first officer were forgeries.

The wreck remains on the rocks today, gradually rusting away.  The story goes it’d cost more to salvage it than it’s worth, so it’s likely to stay there for a long time to come.

Update

There’s now talk of sinking the Demetrios II and turning it into a diving attraction.  Read this article in the Cyprus Mail.

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2 Responses to The Wreck Of The Demetrios II At Chlorakas, Paphos

  1. Doug Cooper says:

    Hi Mike
    Like your photographs. I’m a retired LBIPP, LMPA, LSWPP living in Cyprus and using a Nikon D300 to photograph just about everything. I have several thousand images of people, landscapes, buildings and of course,cats.

    Best regards
    Doug Cooper
    Goudi
    99065304

  2. Maurice Williams says:

    If it is true that there is some thought to sink this ship then I do believe that it will be a very mist site. Many people discuss this ship that stands off the shore and have said that it will be missed if removed.

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