AJC has contracts with Alcatel Submarine Networks for the provision of Marine Maintenance services. Under these agreements, AJC has access to two cable ships and the associated depots. The ships are coordinated through the Alcatel Marine Maintenance Centre (MMC) in London.
CS Lodbrog Photo by Vic Rolfe
There is an agreed set of performance targets which include mobilization time, transit speed, repair time and report preparation. In addition, all staff must be suitably qualified and there is an agreed quality plan which covers all aspects of repair, storage and handling of submarine cable.
Cable Ship - CS Lodbrog
- Lodbrog is based in Keelung, Taiwan with a depot at Taichung, Taiwan.
- Private Maintenance Agreement.
- Provides repair capability north of Guam.
- AJC pays Annual Standing Charge to have the ship available.
- Ship is equipped to stay at sea for up to 30 days at a time and sufficient spares are onboard to allow at least two repairs to be completed before needing to return to the depot.
- Ship is approximately 140 metres long and 20 metres wide. She is equipped with 6 cable tanks which provide sufficient storage for up to 4500 tonnes of cable.
- Ship is equipped with a Remote Operated Vehicle to assist in cable recovery and cable burial.
Cable ship CS Ile de Re
- Sister ship to Lodbrog.
- Both ships were converted to Cable ships about 2002.
- Ile de Re is normally based at Noumea whilst the cable depot is located in Fiji.
- Ile de Re is contracted under a private agreement.
- Ship is used by the South Pacific Maintenance group to provide cable services throughout the South Pacific and provides coverage for AJC to Guam.
- Ships provide repair capability at all water depths > 15 metres.
- AJC also conducts regular Simulated Repair Exercises between AJC NOC and the ships to test communications and procedures.