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Alvor dive park with one more ship


The frigate Hermenegildo Capelo is the third of four Navy ships will join the "Ocean Revival", an underwater park for scuba diving on the Algarve coast, after the sinking of the corvette "Oliveira e Carmo" and the patrol ship "Zambezi" in in 2012. "Oils, asbestos and all hazardous and noxious substances were removed, leaving only the hull and some materials that pose no danger of contamination of the marine environment," said Luís Sá Couto.

Scuba diving park in AlvorThe "Ocean Revival" has an overall cost estimated three million euros and will create an artificial reef to energize and explore the diving tourism in the Algarve.

"This market segment allows you to put the region on the international circuit diving, due to climate and abundance of species of marine flora and fauna," said Luís Sá Couto.

According Sá Couto, since the first two ships were sunk, have been performed about 2,400 dives, "which shows the importance of this project."

The frigate F481 Hermenegildo Capelo, the sole survivor of the class in Portugal, was acquired in the 60s of the twentieth century and several missions in African waters and the Far East, was the first ship of the Portuguese Navy to incorporate female soldiers.

With 2,700 tons and 102 feet long, the ship will join on Saturday, by 13:00, the corvette Oliveira and Carmo and Zambezi patrol ship, sunk in 2012, followed in September, the sinking of the ship oceanographic Almeida Carvalho.

The four ships were assigned zero cost by the Portuguese Navy to Portimão Council, which established a partnership with the company Submar, since the private promoter could not receive ships directly from the Navy.

The ships are submerged to 30 feet deep, resting on a sandbank at 5.5 kilometers off Alvor, getting the highest part of the ship about 15 feet from the surface, not to cause hindrance to the waterway.

The Ocean Revival Project is born with the aim of promoting tourism in the region by creating underwater for divers an exceptional destination. For the first time, will be sunk in the same location a series of vessels connected by a common story.
There are four warships that form a single large artificial reef in the world, consisting of a representative of an entire fleet Armada, with ideal conditions for the proliferation of marine life.

The Ocean Revival is situated off the town of Portimao on the southern coast of Portugal. More precisely along the east side of the artificial reefs of Alvor, the bathymetry of 26 to 32 meters, with a minimum of 15 meter freestyle. It is 1 mile from the anchorage of Portimão, 3.3 miles from your bar and two miles from the coast opposite the Prainha. A carefully chosen location for the following reasons:

Excellent conditions for diving

    Sea with good conditions over 300 days per year;
    Calm waters, safe for diving;
    Water temperature between 14 º and 22 º C.

Infrastructure and other dive sites of interest

    Port and marina of Portimão with excellent conditions;
    Proximity to other dive sites privileged as shipwrecks of the eighteenth century or the First and Second World War, and Walls Natural Reefs.

Excellent access and infrastructure.

    A maximum of 3 hours away by plane from major European cities with large supply of cheap (Faro airport is only 40 minutes by motorway);
    Tour packages at attractive prices;
    Various accommodation options;
    Huge range of tourist and leisure (beaches, water sports and activities, recreational boating, golf, bird-watching, tennis, motor racing, amusements, etc..).

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