Burma Maru Discovered 60 miles off Cambodian coast

Japanese Navy Ship Burma Maru Wreck discovery 2017

Written by Stephen Burton

(Gulf of Siam)

Depth 50-63 meters (Normoxic Trimix recommended) 

All dive photos Courtesy of Mikko Paasi – Preliminary report and additional photos received from Oliver Zeiser

Lloyds Shipping register record of the Burma Maru’s loss

A telegraph rises from the murk – the stuff of divers dreams!

That special moment before a deep dive onto an unknown wreck – mystery awaits…

 CCR’s are the way to go on this dive to the Burma Maru. O2 and 17/30 Dilluent being the perfect mix.


Preliminary report

Vessel Name: Burma Maru
Vessel Nationality: Japanese
Type of Vessel: Maru
Depth to Wreck in Meters: 50
Depth to Seabed in Meters: 63
Location eg Gulf of Siam: 60 nautical miles of Cambodia
WGS Co-ordinates North: Unknown
WGS Co-ordinates East: Unknown
Length (m): 120
Width (m): 16
Tonnage: 4850
Number of Props: 1
How the Vessel Sunk?: Torpedo forward of the bridge, shearing off the bow
Vessel Activity Priot to Sinking: Transportation / Cargo
Other Information: “Expedition Burma Maru” was set to solve the mystery of long lost Japanese cargo steamer Burma Maru.

Burma maru (4585brt) was sunk by USS Swardfish on the 12th of June 1942 during WW2 some 60 ntm southwest of Koh Rong, Cambodia.

After a long but very exiting search we are proud to say that she has been found on 21st of February 2017 after beeing lost almost 75 years!

The expedition was organised and executed by:
Davy Jones Locker Tech
Koh Tao Tec Divers
The Dive Shop Cambodia

Dive team:
Tim Lawrence
Mikko Paasi
Ivan Karadzic
Leon Webber
Oliver Zaiser
Dennis Funke