Tunisia - Ship graveyard on the beach

Tunisia - Ship graveyard on the beach

After a few days of hospitality, a lot of office work and city life, it's time for the beach, peace and solitude.

South of Bizerte we find a nice campsite in a wooded nature park right by the sea. Let's see what the beach has to offer.

We soon realise that the nature park is also used by others: the military. Heavily armed men in camouflage colours are running around everywhere, apparently holding an exercise. Jeeps with rifles on the roof also race through the forest. And already we know: This is not for us.

The soldiers are super friendly, but still: we don't want to sleep on such a war playground. So we park Felix for a short while, stroll to the beach and take a look at what was left stranded here years ago.

Shipwrecks with a long history

A multipurpose freighter, the Hamada S, flying the Togolese flag and owned by a Turkish shipping company, is "at anchor" here. The ship, which came from Algeria, was expected at a repair yard in Tunisia, but access to the port was denied after the captain refused to pay a tugboat. During the night, the ship ran aground and maritime and regional authorities tried unsuccessfully to tow it free.

11 seafarers on board were evacuated for "humanitarian reasons" when they ran out of food. However, the ship remains off the beach and henceforth posed a great danger to the environment as it could be left as a worthless wreck. Rimel beach is already polluted by two beached wrecks and there was a risk of an oil spill if the fuel oil was not pumped out. The beach borders the Rimel Forest (our now-but-not-over night spot) and Ichkeul National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and haven for migratory birds.

The ship, built in 1977 in Izmir, Turkey, has an eventful history with more than 300 accidents, detained activities in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and was even involved in illegal trade in Libya. And: it is and was the only ship of the shipping company.

While we admire the size, the rust and the sea, beautifully lit by the sun, I read Gerd all this information. Somehow spooky, this place. Let's get out of here.

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7 months ago

It's crass how people treat our nature. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿค
This is how it will look later on the whole earth when man has disappeared. ๐Ÿ˜ข
I completely understand that you don't want to stay there.

Greetings from sunny but freezing Bavaria

From Racheli ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rachel Hirt
Rachel Hirt
7 months ago
Reply to  Heike Burch

I have been fighting for 40 years.
It didn't help!
The "rich" still fly their helicopter to their yacht. ๐Ÿ˜”

Desiree Bayarassou
Desiree Bayarassou
7 months ago

I come from Bizerte, and know the wrecks, is the ship really from 1977? then it didn't have a long life... Visit the beach "Lagrotte" it is beautiful or Cocobeach in Garelmehl is an hour's drive but also dreamlike... I hope you like the country I miss it and still have 170 days until I see it again...