Orange’s Sea Cable Repair Fleet Looks Beyond Investment Boom

By Angelina Rascouet (Bloomberg) -- For decades, ships owned by French phone carrier Orange SA have traveled the world’s oceans, installing and fixing the undersea cables that carry internet traffic from one continent to another. The fleet of six run by Orange Marine is now looking to diversify, even with the biggest investment boom for the infrastructure since the 1990s. … [Read more...]

Ulstein to Build Advanced, DP3 Cable Layer for Nexen

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein has secured a contract from French cable company Nexans to construct a large, DP3 cable laying vessel to support the growing demand for clean energy. The advanced cable layer, designed by Norwegian ship designer Skipsteknisk, will be outfitted for power cable laying, including bundle laying, cable jointing and repair and cable system protection … [Read more...]

ABB Orders Advanced Cable Laying Vessel at Kleven

Swiss power technology ABB says it is investing in a new state-of-the-art cable ship to boost capacity and flexibility of its subsea cable installation and service operations. The new ship will be custom-built to ABB specifications and measure approximately 140 by 30 meters. The vessel will be constructed at Kleven shipyard in Norway, with delivery expected in … [Read more...]

WATCH: Subsea Cable-Layer Maersk Connector Launched

The Damen-built subsea support vessel Maersk Connector was launched Thursday at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to contract for a seven year charter agreement with DeepOcean. Maersk Connector is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels developed by the Damen Shipyards Group called … [Read more...]

The Subsea Interweb

Below the surface of the ocean, wrapping invisibly around the planet covered mostly with fine mud particles and the carcasses of dead organisms is the internet, in its physical form. Technology continues to develop in the world of digital communications and as it does, new, faster cables are installed throughout the world.  Tyco Communications notes this year they are … [Read more...]