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MV Tung Hwuang (Cement Wreck) - Brunei


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This wreck lies 21 km from Labuan, east of Kuraman island. It is a freighter that sank on 25 September 1980 while transporting cement to Brunei for the Sultan’s new palace. It hit the Samarang Bank and sank as it tried to reach Labuan for repairs. The wreck is 105 m long and sits upright in 30m of water. The masts are 8 m, the roof of the wheelhouse 14 m and the main deck 19 m deep. The wreck is covered with hard and soft corals, there is a huge school of barracudas. The cargo holds, crew accommodation and engine rooms can be penetrated.

This beautiful wreck ranges in depth from 8m at the top of the bridge gantry where the buoy line is tied off down to a 32m sandy bottom. The wreck is encrusted in soft corals and feather stars and is home to massive shoals of swirling bait fish and many kinds of predators in search of lunch. The ship is still fairly intact apart from the damage to the bow where it struck the bank; also, the funnel has collapsed, lying on its port side tearing away part of the deck which now gives good access to the engine room and various corridors running off it. The marine life on this site is abundant with many different species including Lion Fish , Cube box Fish, Moray Eels and schools of Bat Fish just to name a few.

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