Australia Singapore Cable installation begins
Alcatel Submarine Network’s (ASN) cable ship Ile de Batz will lay the cable from near Christmas Island to Fremantle, near Perth in Western Australia. The route covers a distance of around 3,000km and travels through deep water for about 90 percent of the route.
A sister ship, the ASN Ile de Ré is laying 1,600km of cable in shallow water between Singapore and Christmas Island.
Vocus head of Network Product, Pricing and Carrier, Luke Mackinnon said: “We could have done the entire lay with one vessel, but we decided to use two. Not only does this speed up things up, but the conditions for each of the two stages are quite different.”
The Ile de Batz vessel is expected to complete the installation of its section in around one month.
In addition, Ile de Ré vessel, laying cable from Singapore to Christmas Island, is planned to take around 100 days to complete the work.
To protect the cable from the elements, other cables, fishing vessels or dropped anchors, the Ile de Ré uses a 40 tonne plough to bury the cable under the seabed. ■