New cable maintenance vessel for Global MarineNews // August 10, 2001
A purpose-built stern working vessel, the Atlantic Guardian will cover more than 40 intercontinental fibre-optic cable networks, linking the UK, continental Europe and US.
The vessel, the 26th in Global Marine's strategically located worldwide fleet, will be based in Baltimore and will be responsible for repairing and maintaining vital telecommunications networks covered by the agreement.
Measuring 102m in length, with a top speed of 15kt, a range of approximately 15,000nm and an endurance capability of 35 days at constant trial speed - 50 days on typical repair duties - the Atlantic Guardian has been designed with the distinctive requirements of the ACMA and extreme weather conditions of the Atlantic Ocean in mind.
The parties involved in the ACMA awarded Global Marine a three-year contract to undertake additional cable maintenance responsibilities, which came into effect on 01 January 2001. The Atlantic Guardian will become one of five vessels contracted under theagreement, including two other Global Marine Vessels: the CS Sovereign based in the UK, and the Sir Eric Sharp based in Bermuda.
The vessel, the second to be designed and built for Global Marine by Dutch shipbuilder Van der Giessen-de Noord, was completed to a tight time scale of just 13 months. Following her launch she will be fitted, commissioned and undergo sea trials prior todelivery in November 2001.