Location: Cirkewwa
Maximum Depth: 38m
Constructed: 1960’s
Type: Kondor Class Boat
Weight (tons): 360 grt
Dimensions: 52m
Builders: Peenewerft, Wolfast, East Germany
Last Owner: Armed Forces of Malta’s Maritime Squadron

The patrol boat P29 formerly Boltenhagen, which now lies at a maximum depth of 38m off Cirkewwa, Malta’s most popular dive location, started life in former East Germany. The P29 is a Kondor class boat designed and built on the Peenewerft, Wolgast in East Germany in the 1960’s, 52 metres in length weighing 360 tons. It was primarily a minesweeper, though several variants also existed, possibly engaged in fisheries protection, border control or formed part of the German Democratic Republic logistical fleet.

In August 1997, after a three week voyage from Germany, the Armed Forces of Malta’s Maritime Squadron took delivery of their third Kondor vessel, the P29. When the ship arrived in Malta, it was greeted by the family and friends of the crew. The Kondor vessels were the first war ships the AFM ever commissioned, and it was thanks to them that the Maritime Squadron was able to participate in naval exercises with other European fleets.

From 1997 until 2004, when she was decommissioned, the P29 patrolled the coastal waters of the Maltese Islands, fulfilling her duties with search and rescue operations, fisheries protection duties and exercises; of course the naval exercises took her further afield into international waters of the Mediterranean. In 2000 and 2001, the Kondors supported the prestigious Royal Malta Yacht Club’s Middle Sea Race off Lampedusa.

In September 2005, the P29 was sold to the Malta Tourism Authority to be scuttled as an attraction for divers. She was cleaned and made environmentally safe and was finally scuttled on the 14th August 2007 off Cirkewwa.