HEPCA became involved in yet another project which relates to the wreck conservation strategy: the 51m M/V Hebat Allah was intentionally sunk in 2004 and opened as the first and only artificial reef dive site in the Red Sea for technical divers in 2005. HEPCA, together with Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Egypt and Colona Divers secured the wreck in 2009 with the installation of mooring lines.
The wreck offers a unique scientific opportunity for research on reef growth on an artificial substratum and on marine life diversity at depths greater than 35m. Initial assessments recorded extensive fish life, including groupers and lionfish, poor coral coverage likely due to the natural slow growth rate of the organisms, and the depth of the wreck and its distance from an already established coral reef. HEPCA and GUE, with the support of Colona Divers, dive Hebat Allah on a regular basis to maintain and monitor the reef with the following goals:
1. To maintain the constant presence of the mooring lines (previous lines have been lost due to fishing activity and incorrect mooring practices) in order to maximise the Hebat Allah’s potential as a safe and exciting technical diving site
2. To survey and document the coral growth and marine life diversity at depths greater than 35m, thereby using the Hebat Allah as a valuable marine research site, as well as continuous monitoring of the overall condition of the wreck.