The cable laying phase of the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) system is complete, with the final splice having been completed south-east of Singapore.

Vocus Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Russell recognized the significance of the milestone. 

“I’m thrilled to have reached this very important point which is a testament to the very positive and cohesive relationships between our project team and the team from Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN),” said Kevin. “This final leg from Christmas Island to Singapore presented the greatest engineering and technical challenges and it’s a great credit to the team that we on track in final configuration phase,” said Kevin. We’re very appreciative of the great work that has been completed by Alcatel Submarine Networks and look forward to working with them on the other side of the Pacific for the recently announced Coral Sea Cable System.”

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It’s been a long journey for the Alcatel Submarine Networks cable-laying ship, Ile de Re with the complicated lay from Christmas Island, through the very challenging and heavily traversed Sunda Strait that splits the Indonesian Islands of Java and Sumatra. From here it has progressed to just off the Singapore coast where the ASC connects to Singapore via a 10m deep trench from 10km out from the cable station landing site and then through a horizontally bored pipe into shore.

Of the two cable ships that worked on ASC, the Ile de Re has had the more challenging, and time-consuming, task of deep dredging in a number of areas with a 40-tonne plough to bury the ASC to minimize the risk of damage from shipping and other marine activities. All whilst navigating some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world; which heightened the operational risk.

With this phase having been completed on time and without any delays, the project team now swings into full configuration mode with electrical and technology systems now being installed, configured and tested as part of a rigorous make-ready phase.