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
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.’