Also known as
Patrol Boat P29, Boltenhagen
20m (avg), 34m (max)
Shore access
35.9885° N 14.3261° E (Exact)
35°59.310' N 014°19.566' E
35°59'19" N 014°19'34" E
★★★★ from 9 divers

Patrol Boat P29 (Boltenhagen) is one of the two wrecks in Cirkewwa and one of the most popular dive sites in Malta. P29 was a former patrol boat for the Maritime Squadron of the Armed Forces of Malta. She was intentionally scuttled in 2007 to serve as scuba diving attraction and artificial reef. Before scuttling the wreck was made safe both environmentally and for divers.

P29 patrol boat lies about 150 m off shore from Cirkewwa and approximately 150 m distance from Tugboat Rozi wreck. P29 wreck is 52 m long, and sits upright at a depth of 34 m with the highest part at only 12 m deep from the surface. Many areas were left open for the experienced divers to explore and penetrate the wreck. For divers choosing not to enter P29, there is plenty of marine life to view during exploration of the exterior.

P29 wreck is usually dived from the shore. During summer season there is a big yellow buoy marking the wreck. When diving from the shore, either surface swim to the buoy, or swim in the midwater. There are two landmarks on the way to make the underwater navigation easier: first a memorial stone on sand and then an old anchor on sea grass area. The commemorative plaque is there in memory of a British diver Frank Pembridge.

Similar Patrol Boat P31 wreck was scuttled in shallower water off Comino island two years later in 2009.

Patrol Boat P29 / Boltenhagen wreck history

P29 was built in East Germany at Peene-Werft shipyard in Wolgast in 1969-70 for Volksmarine (German navy). She was a Kondor I class minesweeper, the 18th of total 21 ships built, about 52 m in length with a beam of 7 m. Her original name was Boltenhagen, after a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and pennant number GS09. Besides minesweeping, she patrolled the border river between East and West Germany. After German reunification in 1990, Boltenhagen was used as a patrol boat by German Federal Coast Guard and given a new pennant number BG31. She was the last Kondor I in the German Coast Guard, decommissioned in 1996.

Boltenhagen was sold to Malta in 1997 and renamed P29. Here she joined her two sister ships Ueckermünde and Pasewalk, renamed P30 and P31, which were purchased to Malta already in 1992. P29 served as a patrol boat with the Offshore Command of the Maritime Squadron of the Armed Forces of Malta, securing the Maltese coast against smuggling and doing border control operations. All three Kondor I class patrol boats were decommissioned in 2004.

P29 was bought by Malta Tourism Authority in September 2005 to be scuttled as an artificial diving attraction. The sinking of the patrol boat was arranged by Malta Marine Foundation and done by Cassar Ship Repair. For environmental safety, all contaminates were cleaned from the entire ship and both engines removed before the sinking of P29. Both the location and the date were changed at the last moment: the proposed wreck site was shifted by some 30 m to protect seabed, and the scuttling was postponed by three days because of the weather.

Finally on Tuesday 14th August 2007 in the morning P29 was towed from Marsa docks to Cirkewwa. The patrol boat was scuttled about 150 m off Susie’s Pool in the early afternoon (watch video). P29 wreck now sits upright on her keel on sandy seabed with maximum depth of 34 m, her stern being closest point to the coast, and her bow pointing towards the sea.

One of P29's sister ships, P31 (Pasewalk) was scuttled off Comino in 2009, while the other one, P30 was laid up in 2013 and is waiting for her destiny at Marsa docks.

More info about P29 dive site

Divers leaving P29 wreck Top view [Arkadiusz Srebnik] Front view [Arkadiusz Srebnik] Front [Arkadiusz Srebnik] Panorama picture [Arkadiusz Srebnik] Gun [Arkadiusz Srebnik] P29 Patrol Boat Machine gun [Pascal Pardoux] Dry docks [Pascal Pardoux] The wreck [Pascal Pardoux] Bridge [Pascal Pardoux] Machine Gun [Pascal Pardoux] Machine Gun [Pascal Pardoux] The stern of P29 Dry docks [Pascal Pardoux] The bridge [Pascal Pardoux] The bell [Pascal Pardoux] Fish on the wreck [Pascal Pardoux] The wreck [Pascal Pardoux] Wheelhouse [Pascal Pardoux] The wreck [Pascal Pardoux] The Bell [Pascal Pardoux] The wreck [Pascal Pardoux] The wreck [Pascal Pardoux] Machine Gun [Pascal Pardoux] Bow [Matjaz Repnik] P29 [Matjaz Repnik] lets fire it. [Matjaz Repnik] Also girls like wrecks.... [Matjaz Repnik] easy to enter wreck [Matjaz Repnik] Boat slipway [Pascal Pardoux] The wreck [Pascal Pardoux] Boat slipway [Pascal Pardoux] P29 Patrol Boat [Yvan Rouxel] P29 Patrol Boat [Yvan Rouxel] Map [Pascal Pardoux]

Comments and Ratings

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Pascal Pardoux, June 2023:
★★★★★ Launching from the pontoon can be tricky if the sea and the surf are strong - Access to the wreck does not pose any difficulty - The interior visit requires good buoyancy, especially in the lower part where sediments can be raised - The machine gun is of course the highlight of the visit
Mike A, February 2023:
★★★★ If you go to Cirkewwa and can choose between P29 and Rozi, go for P29. Significantly nicer than Rozi, and not much farther away.
Yvan Rouxel, August 2021:
★★★★★ Great site in Malta
Adam Sant, July 2020:
★★★★ Nice wreck with some decent penetration opportunity.
Gary Beecheno, April 2019:
★★★★ Great second dive today. Crystal clear vision, no waves or current, plenty of life although not much on the way of large critters. Good check dive for metalheads. Very similar to UK diving but with Vis
Matjaz Repnik, October 2017:
★★★★ Best is to press button on shoot gun ;)
Earl Vella, June 2015:
★★★★★ splendid
Tia Silvanto, May 2015:
★★★★ Great wreck dive.
Mika Tanninen, January 2015:
★★★★ Nice wreck

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