GUE divers enjoying the wreck of Ghiannis D. The ship's final voyage began at Rijeka, Yugoslavia, in April 1983 where she took on a cargo of lumber (some say soft wood, others say teak) and was bound for Jeddah, KSA, via the Suez Canal, to discharge part of the cargo, with the remainder destined for Hodeidah, Yemen. The passage south through the Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Suez Canal were uneventful. On 19 April 1983 the ship was in transit in the Straits of Gubal, which is a rather narrow shipping lane before reaching the open waters of the Red Sea. Once on course for open water, the Captain turned over the helm to one of his junior officers and retired to his cabin to rest. Soon afterwards he was rudely awakened by the sound of his ship running aground.
It appeared that the Giannis D had drifted west of her set course and ran aground at full speed on the northwest edge of the Sha'ab Abu Nuhas Reef.
The ship is lying on the bottom in roughly three seperate sections parallel to the reef, with the crumpled bow lying at 10 meters, the cargo area amidships being a jumble of steel and remains of the cargo, and the aft section with an intact A-frame located forward of the superstructure. The stern of the wreck is lying at 24 meters. The bow lies fully on its port side and the superstructure aft lies at about a 45-degree angle. At the stern, the ship's bent propeller lies partially buried in the sand on the bottom. All along the deck areas on the aft section are deck fittings, bollards, winches, and the boat davits. Penetration into the superstructure is easiest by entering the pilothouse, which has been stripped of all of its equipment, and then heading aft and down the companionway into the engine room, which hasn't been salvaged. Because of the angle of the ship it can become a bit disorienting for the first time wreck diver here. The engine room is filled with catwalks and handrails, all at odd angles, with the diesel engine lying to one side. Exit from the engine room can be easily made by ascending up through one of the skylights above the diesel where you find yourself beside the ship's smokestack.