Global Marine sustains sagacity in the sea

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Southern Cross Cables is to renew and extend its undersea cable maintenance agreement with Global Marine Systems.

Southern Cross Cables

has announced it will renew and extend to 2010 its undersea cable maintenance agreement with

Global Marine Systems

for the northern portion of the 30,000km USA-Australasia Southern Cross Cable Network.

The Southern Cross Cable Network is said to provide the fastest, most direct and secure international bandwidth from Australasia to mainland USA via Hawaii. The cable system, which has been operational since 2001, consists of two cables linking the west coast of the USA with Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Global Marine, which installs more than 50% of the world’s buried fibre optic cables and between 30 and 40% of all subsea cables repairs and maintenance, won the original maintenance contract for Southern Cross Cable Network in 2001.

Separately, Global Marine Systems and SMIT Heavy Lift Europe, a division of SMIT International, today announced a co-operative agreement to meet the needs of the growing offshore renewable energy market.

According to a statement, the combination of Global Marine’s cable installation and burial experience, allied to SMIT’s vessel fleet and marine construction experience, creates a ‘significant solution to the burgeoning offshore energy market.’