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Trimix NEW DIVES IN 2012

Trimix Ecology actions 2012

Trimix Zagreb wreck from 50 to 70 m

Trimix Ninucca deep but great


NEW DIVES IN 2012 SEASON

Crazy Ivan
- this dive got its name from a navigation maneuver.
It is a hard dive to describe as it is so different and can be really mead as two different dives.
Usually we start the dive directly above the drop off and com to our maximum depth winch can be anywhere from 20 to 40 m and continue next to the cliff between numerous cracks, half caves and overhangs full of Gorgonia corals and fish. Gradually we reduce depth and come to shallow water were is so many canyons and pinnacles it is hard to navigate. We come out of the water on different side of the island where dive boat is waiting for us.
Most often this is a drift dive and you need to be confident AOWD.

Shallow Sisters
This is a Photography and Fish haven. There is no place in Adriatic you will see more different fish in such shallow sea. Dive is around shallow which is surrounded by nice drop offs but the most interesting part is around small lighthouse marking the shallow. Here fish is breading in strong currents and big fish comes to hunt. This is also one of rear places to see Barracuda in Adriatic.

Zirje 2WW Wreck
- We anchor on top of the shallow and go down the direct drop off starting already on 8 m and dropping over huge overhang down to 40 m. On the bottom is a nice warship with lots of life surrounding it.
After one circle around the ship we follow the cliff entirely covered with two colored Gorgonia fans and schools of fish. As this a open sea you can see bigger game come often to check out divers - tuna, rays, barracuda, jacks.

 

 

Trimix NINUCI - THE QUEEN OF WRECKS

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ON 26.08
REBREATHER VIDEO DIVE

Damir Mlinaric profesional saturation diver and Drazen Goricki, owner of Dragorlux have been filming Ninuca diving on rebreathers.

ON 22.07.2008
WRECK - BIGGER THAN ENIONE EXPECTED

During an every day diving trip to lighthouse Mulo on 01.06.2008 Diving Center Pongo team noticed a big anomaly on usually strait sandy bottom. After some days of preparation of different diving gases because of the big depth, our team of Trimix divers went to investigate the anomaly. As soon as they came below 70 m it was evident that anomaly in question was a wreck of a big ship. Because of the big size of the wreck and short time possible for divers to stay at such depths it was not possible to determine details about the wreck.

Pongo divers have officially reported finding of Ninucci to Ministry of Culture and the team was assembled to valuate the wreck. Team was mead out of representative of Restaurateur Institute Kruno Zubcic, ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) exploration team from FER (Faculty of etectro-tehnics and computers) leaded by Matko Barisic in Zagreb and Diving Center Pongo team of divers and support.

After arriving on the site and establishing perfect anchorage ROV team took over and the sub launched, sinking down almost 10 min. As soon as it passed the 65 m depth you could see the outlines of the wreck appearing on the screen. Because of the wide lens on the camera installed in ROV and great visibility the image of the wreck was good. Image could show entire sections of the wreck and give a good notion of overall condition and type of the ship Ninucci was.

You can clearly see the broken section of the stern where, we suspect, Thorn submarine first tried to sink it with gun fire and then succeeded after torpedoing it.
There are also evident big cargo areas 6 to 7 of them but because of the danger of entangling the ROV we could not make penetration in to them and see the nature of its cargo.
For three days we filmed the wreck and assembled a good overall picture reconstruction of it. We are missing mainly the mid ship area video and photo documentation.

FACTS
We can with a degree of serenity verify that it was a ship of around 110 to 125 m length and 22 to 26 m with. It was a cargo ship with 6 to 7 cargo areas. It was hit by torpedo and probably gun fire 28 m of the stern.
Wreck is leaning on it's starboard side on 96m depth, facing south. Port side of the wreck comes up to 80 m depth.

THE STORRY
As it seams the wreck in question is Ninuccia build in 1910 Maritime register in Genova.
It was a steamer with 4583 tsl, owned by Giuseppe Gavarone di Genova commissioned on the beginning of the 2WW by Region Marina as back up boat for transport (we still do not know what was her final cargo). ON 8 january 1942 during her passage from Split to Rijeka around 12:00 she was intercepted by English submarine Thorn just in front of Rogoznica. Thorn tried to sink it by his gun fire but after the boat cough on fire he torpedoed Ninuccia. Torpedo hit 20 m of the stern and sunk immediately.

Submarine Thorn was not destined for any nicer faith.

On the 7th August 1942 HMS Thorn encountered the Italian torpedo boat Pegaso, escorting the steamer Istria from Benghazi, 30 miles south west of Gaudhos Island, off southern Crete. At 1255 an escorting aircraft was seen to machine-gun the sea’s surface and Pegaso moved in to investigate. Just four minutes after the aircraft’s attack the Pegaso picked-up a contact and carried out seven attacks after which contact was lost. HMS Thorn failed to return from the patrol and is believed to have been lost in this attack.

''I have sincere hope that looking in to past can become a path for future days and enable one new generation to correct some mistakes mead in past years, and in this way in cohesion with needs on glory of man overwhelm threats of unknown future.''
Winston Spenser Churchill

 

 

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TrimixZAGREB
This wreck lies like still sailing and is in great shape and preserved. It is possible to penetrate it in the cargo area and in the blown up area. It is entirely covered by sponges and by lots of life so gives a great opportunity for the photography as well. Zagreb was half passenger half cargo ship and the main cargo was nuts. The French submarine Archimede, hit it on a nice quiet night with the torpedo during WW1, 14. 01. 1917. Everyone in the engine room and on the stern of the ship instantly died as tremendous explosion shacked a peaceful cold winter night. Torpedo hit the propellers and the helm, which mead a ship first lift stern out of the sea and them in meter of minutes sink with the stern down.
The coast was just couple of hundred meters distant but still captain A. Tuchtan, second officer Remo Adamić, 13 members of the crew and 43 passengers lost there life on that cold night.
Zagreb was built in small village Alloa in Scotland, length 52,8 m, wide 7,84m, height 3,6 m, 537 brt, 287 nrt, 500 tdw, steam machine 800 HP, speed 11,5 knouts.

Because of the small depth for trimix diving and long bottom time it is perfect for trimix courses and dives.




TrimixECO AKCION 2012

We organize cleaning of the sea in Rogoznica two times a year.

Once in June and once in September
First one is together with Gof, Frapa & Mornar in joint action to clean the sea before the season starts.

Schedule
First dive around 09:30 , second dive around 12:00
- lunch in Marina Frapa
- Lectures & gifts
All of this is of course for free. All interested please contact us in advance on pongo@dcpongo.com



NITROX DIVES AND COURSES



From basic to advance EAN courses.
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NEW STORE IN ZAGREB

New diving center Pongo club & store in Tratinska just behind Cibona tower. We offer courses, lectures, photo sessions, equipment advices, just a beer and conversation...


BAUER VERTICUS COMPRESSOR

New hard duty Bauer compressor with filing ramp and oxygen bank increases our potencal of refilling up to 610 lit/min





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