Global Marine and partner complete cable installation for TransTeleComProjects and Operations // July 27, 2007
Global Marine Systems Limited (Global Marine) and its Chinese joint venture partner, SB Submarine Systems (SBSS), have completed the cable installation project for TransTeleCom, a leading backbone telecommunications operator in Russia. Once the cable has been deemed ready for service, it will provide vital telecoms connectivity for business communications services in the Tatar Strait region.
TransTeleCom is benefiting from a rapid installation using a Global Marine-led project team and the SBSS’s cable ship, Fu-Hai. The team has already installed a 200km cable between Sovetskaya Gavan, on the Russian mainland to Ilinskij, on Sakhalin Island, located off the far east coast of Russia.
After a competitive tender process, TransTeleCom selected Global Marine and SBSS on the basis of flexibility, proven ability and track record of installing systems in harsh environments.
The Global Marine group of companies (Global Marine, SBSS and NTTWE Marine) are no strangers to working in this remote part of the world under severe climate conditions: Global Marine successfully installed cable in the artic circle for the Svalbard Submarine Optical Fibre Transmission System project in 2004; Global Marine was also sub-contracted by Saipem in early 2005 to install a length of integrated power/telecom cable from the beach to a Tanker Loading Unit just off Sakhalin; and in 2006, SBSS supported Saipem for seven months with the charter of Fu Lai as a dive support vessel for Sakhalin Energy.
The installation project has taken almost eight weeks, the cable is now buried at a depth of 0.8m in sea depths of up to 650m, and the subsea equipment utilized in this project are the Sea Lion ROV and Jet Plough.