British Loyalty shipwreck’s Diamond Jubilee to be celebrated in January

The British Royalty Shipwreck | photo: Equatorial Dive Centre

Addu City, Maldives – A special event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the British loyalty shipwreck in Addu, called the ‘British Loyalty Diamond Jubilee’ is to be held on the 5th of January.

The British Loyalty Diamond Jubilee steering committee has said that the event will on the 5th of January as it marks the 75th anniversary of the WWII Oil tanker ‘British Loyalty’ being sunken in Addu City.

Event plans state that after an initial opening ceremony at Maradhoo harbor on the 5th of January 2020, 75 divers will dive to the wreck, with a underwater livestream planned, along with drone footage.

The British Loyalty shipwreck is popular diving destination in Addu City, and according to Maldives boat club, the ship survived torpedo attacks on 2 separate occasions but was scuttled by the British as they withdrew from the Atoll in 1946.

The 75th Anniversary event of this has been organized by the Secretariat of the Addu city council, multiple Addu NGO’s and tourism stakeholders. Police, MNDF coastguard and teams from Addu hospitals will be in charge of safety and medical services at the event.

All qualified divers in Maldives have been invited to the event, and are advised to email there full name, address NID number and phone number, along with their diving qualifications before the 31st of December.