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The "Brunsbuttel"/Kimon M at The Red Sea Wreck Project

The “Brunsbuttel”

The Kimon M was originally built as the 3,694 GRT Refrigerated Motor Freighter Brunsbuttel Byelourus II at the H.C. Stulcken & Sohn Shipyard (Yard No. 770), Steinwerder, Hamburg, Germany and launched on 11th February 1952.

On 12th December 1978 she struck the northeast corner of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef while steaming south at full speed.With the ship moving at full speed when she struck the reef, she remained hard aground for several days afterwards allowing partial salvage of the ship’s cargo.

As the ship remained on top of the reef, the winds and currents eventually took their toll, pushing the ship over onto its starboard side and reducing the already damaged bow to nothing more than a pile of scrap metal. Eventually the rest of the ship, from the superstructure aft, slid off the reef and settled on her starboard side in 20-32 meters of water at the base of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef.

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