Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) Marine has announced the acquisition of two new ships as part of its strategy to modernize and expand installation capacities in a context of growth of the submarine telecommunications market.

The two vessels are the Ile de Molène, which joined the ASN fleet on May 7 and the Ile d’Yeu, which joined on June 17. Both vessels will now go through a heavy engineering and upgrade program to meet the expectations of ASN's customers and the missions that they will be carrying out.

L’Ile de Molène will be assigned to the maintenance of our customers' telecommunications cables in the Atlantic and North Sea. She is expected to start operating in the first half of 2022. L’Ile d’Yeu will join ASN’s installation fleet at the end of 2022 and will be immediately assigned to the installation of a transoceanic telecommunication system. These vessels will be equipped with the latest generation of equipment enabling ASN to offer the level of performance and efficiency expected by its customers, telecom operators and GAFAM. These two vessels are operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs under French flag.

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Vessels’ specifications:

                                                                     Ile d'Yeu                         Ile de Molène

Length overall                                               147m                                   98m

Breadth moulded                                            27m                                   22m

Propulsion – main                                        9000kW                            6000kW

Forward Thrusters                                       5320kW                            2860kW

Gross tonnage                                             14,520                                  5729

Net tonnage                                                  4357                                    2080

By the end of 2022, ASN Marine's cable fleet will consist of the following vessels:

  • Installation: Ile de Sein, Ile de Batz, Ile de Bréhat, Ile d’Aix, Ile d’Yeu
  • Maintenance: Ile d'Ouessant, Ile de Molène