The Igara was an Italian bulk ore carrier that struck an unmarked rock off the coast of Indonesia only a year after entering service. After striking the rock she limped towards port until her bow gradually filled with water and sank to the bottom at a depth of 40m.
Despite her bow sinking, her stern section remained afloat and salvors used explosives to break away her entire stern section (including her engine room and superstructure) at Hold 1. The stern section was towed to Japan and built into a new ship – the Eraclide.
At the time of her sinking, she was the largest maritime loss in history, with her cargo of iron ore valued at US$25 million.
In 2005, a salvage company bought the rights to the wreck from her insurers and salvaged roughly half her cargo of iron ore by cutting off her hatch doors and using vacuums to suck up the ore.
The ship now lies in around 40m of water rising to 11m at the top of the wreck. Despite only half the wreck remaining this is a huge wreck with vast open cargo holds.
Three resident nurse sharks are sometimes spotted in the storage rooms in the stern. The wreck is overgrown with soft corals, sponges and hydroids. Divers frequently see schools of barracudas, snappers, fusiliers, angelfish, groupers, and batfish.