On 3rd February 2022, S.B. Submarine Systems Company Limited (SBSS) welcomed their latest fleet addition, the cable ship Fu Tai, to Shanghai.

The vessel has berthed at SBSS’s Wujing cable depot on the Huangpu River and she will shortly assume international telecom cable maintenance duties in Asia.

CS Fu Tai, ex-Bourbon Oceanteam 101, was originally built in Spain in 2007 as an offshore construction vessel (OCV). She was purchased by SBSS in July 2021 and has since been converted and mobilised as a bespoke cable ship. Her cable spread design and her newly installed equipment and machinery will primarily be utilized in the Asian submarine cable maintenance market.

With over twenty-six years’ experience in the submarine cable market, SBSS understands that having, and implementing, an asset strategy and a sensible tonnage replacement plan is critical to the company’s future.

Integral to our asset strategy, in early 2020 SBSS retired a stalwart of our cable ship fleet, CS Fu An. In the same year, SBSS invested in the 5,500t capacity power cable installation and maintenance barge Fu Yong 6. These investments, as well as various other actions taken in support of our company strategy, have proven to be timely. The company’s overall service capability in both our core telecom business, as well as our entry to the booming Chinese offshore wind market, is seeing SBSS thrive and grow.

CS Fu Tai now joins the fleet and, whilst numerically replacing CS Fu An, the new tonnage is of far superior build and capability. The current demand for tonnage in the submarine telecom sector, means that there will be no shortage of work for her in the foreseeable future. In July 2021, SBSS successfully took delivery of the vessel in Vigo, Spain and has reflagged the vessel from Malta to Panama.

Post conversion, this DP2 vessel now has a cable carrying capacity of 3,000 tonnes in two main static cable tanks, and is equipped with capable cable handling machinery, 18kV Power Feed equipment, Power Grounding Unit (PGU), Universal Jointing spreads and a full suite of modern telecom cable test equipment.

Initially built as an OCV to support the oil and gas industry, CS Fu Tai is fuel efficient being powered by four 2,700kW high quality Wartsila units. She has excellent station-keeping capability, a comfort class DNV notation, a 70t active heave-compensated (AHC) crane and hence the ability to perform a variety of offshore construction works.