• To transform the Algarve into a World Class European diving destination attracting underwater tourists of all over the world.
  • Creation of an artificial reef structure constituting a distinctive factor to attract underwater tourists from all over the world.
  • Creation of a Navy Warships’ Underwater Park Ocean Revival by sinking four decommissioned Portuguese Navy vessels.

Underwater Tourism Site

  • Different and innovative…
  • World class level…
  • Included in a protected area…
  • Within a tourism zone of excellence!

Oliveira e Carmo

Corvette Ex-NRP Oliveira e Carmo F489

General Characteristics

Launched: February 5th 1975;

Effective entry date to the Armed Forces: October 28th 1975. At the ceremony for the ship's arrival in Lisbon, on November 16 h, in addition to the presence of individuals from the Spanish Navy, Commanding Officers ECN Pinto Vilela (from the Directorate of Shipbuilding) and Cunha Freitas (naval attaché to the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid);

Retired: 1999. Of its class it is the only ship that was retired although the corvette "Baptista de Andrade", in reserve, is also no longer in active service;

Deactivated: 2000. Removal of ASW equipment, reduction of trim and modernisation of the navigation and communication systems;

Disarmed: March 13th 2002 (Ordinance N.º 547/2002, March 13th);

Scrapped: November 1st 2007 (Ordinance n.º 1037/2007, November 16th 2007);

Years of Service: 24;

Heraldry: coat of arms and standard;

NATO Designation: F 489;

Crew: 107 crewmembers;

Construction: between 1972-1975 in the Empresa Nacional Bazan shipyards in Cartagena;

Class: Baptista de Andrade: Portuguese project from the 1960s, second refurbishment and improvement of the "João Coutinho" class corvettes. 2nd Series of corvettes (six from the "João Coutinho" class and four from the "Baptista de Andrade" class). The "Oliveira e Carmo" is the last of the 10;

4 Ships: "Baptista de Andrade", "João Roby", "Afonso Cerqueira" and "Oliveira e Carmo"; Its ships, due to being equipped for anti-submarine combat and having radars and torpedoes available to them, are more than simple corvettes, they are light frigates. Designed for their presence in the Portuguese Colonial War, the resolution of those conflicts left these ships without a purpose, and they were then put to use as oceanic escort ships under the scope of NATO, and later on, they were disarmed with a reduced level of weaponry, as patrol ships in the exclusive Portuguese economic zone. This type of ship was also sold to Spain, Morocco and Egypt.

MUSUBMAR the OCEAN REVIVAL's promoter is a non-profit association

MUSUBMAR Association, the Ocean Revival's promoter, is a non-profit association created to promote and develop the underwater tourism in Portugal. It's main current initiative is the creation of a new dive site by sinking four Portuguese Navy vessels, the Ocean Revival Project. This project has the ambition to create a new diving site and place the Algarve as a world-class European diving destination. Additionally, the initiative aims to generate a new type of low season tourism, to contribute for the increase of bio-diversity and to preserve the memory of the Portuguese Navy vessels.

“The Ocean Revival project offers a fabulous opportunity to better understand colonisation processes on offshore structures.”
Dr. Keith Hiscock, Marine Biological Association of the UK

The main entities that supports the Ocean Revival Project: