Since it’s sinking on September 30th, 1977, the MV Superior Producer has become one of Curaçao’s most popular dive sites, and one of the most popular Caribbean shipwrecks, which is located just west of the Curaçao Main Pier. In fact, in the spring of 2017 before the site closure, the Superior Producer was voted as one of the Top 5 Best Caribbean Dive Sites by USA Today!
On Thursday April 26th, 2018, the Curaçao Port Authority (CPA) announced in a press release that “Diving is Once Again Allowed At Superior Producer”. This announcement signaled an end to a year long prohibition due to the construction of the new “Tula” mega pier.
Shipwrecks have always had a natural attraction for avid scuba divers and because of that, many articles have appeared to document their history. Over the past 40 years, many variations have appeared about the Superior Producer as well, but not until “Diving Into History: The Story Behind Curacao’s Iconic SUPERIOR PRODUCER wreck” was published, did someone get it right!
Bryan Horne of Dive Curaçao writes: “At 13:30, on fateful Thursday afternoon, the crew of nine men of Venezuelan and Colombian nationality, cast off the lines. The ship Immediately began to heel dangerously, at which point the captain ordered a portion of the cargo, not properly stowed, to be thrown overboard. This did not help, and the situation was further complicated because the crew neglected to close the portholes, and the Producer began taking on water. Even the efforts of the Curaçao Port Authority tugboat to pull the boat upright again had no effect… Today, the wreck sits quietly upright on its keel, with her bow facing west in roughly 30m (100ft) of water and about 150m (500ft) from the shoreline which makes it a perfect advanced shore or boat dive.”
Curacao’s Superior Producer is renowned as of the world’s top Shipwrecks, rivaled only by the likes of the SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea and the WWII wrecks in Palau, has wide-open cargo holds, an accessible wheel house and is a haven for macro photographers or anyone who likes to get a close look at smaller stuff.
However, the lifting of this ban does not come without a warning to all divers, that commercial vessels are still regularly at and in the surrounding area of the mega piers. The CPA also reminds all divers that when there are vessels moored at the piers, a temporary “no diving” ban near the piers and or the Superior Producer wreck will be in effect for safety reasons.
Dive into history and discover the magnificence of this iconic shipwreck right now on Curacao! For more information, contact a Curaçao Dive Operator today to start your next Caribbean scuba diving adventure!