ROVworld Subsea Information

Deep Trekker Micro ROV Remotely Operated Vehicle

Satellite images pin blame for undersea cable cuts on cargo ships

Posted on 25.04.2008 - 08:00 EDT in SUBSEA TELECOMS NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Satellite images pin blame for undersea cable cuts on cargo shipsTelecommunications company Reliance Globalcom has announced the results of its investigation into a rash of cable cuts that occurred earlier this year. According to the company via The Hindu, two merchant vessels, the MV Hounslow, and the MT Ann, were responsible for damage that crippled both India and the Middle East's internet access for weeks.

The company's findings do not, in and of themselves, explain all the cable cuts that occurred in late January/early February, but they do indicate that the timing and placement of the breaks was coincidental. Reliance Globalcom reached its conclusions by studying satellite imagery of the two vessels and their movements over the time period in question.

These findings were presumably referenced against the evidence collected by the repair crews that were sent to examine and repair the broken cables.

The diagram above (courtesy of Wikipedia) shows the location of the first two cuts, as well as the paths the optical cables take in and out of the region. More cable cuts occurred than are shown here, but these are the cuts attributed to the two vessels. The damage caused weeks of problems for the Middle East, as all regional Internet traffic was temporarily forced to run over a single, land-based fiber optic cable.

Both the MV Hounslow and the MT Ann were impounded upon reaching Dubai. One of the two-it's not clear which-has already been released after its Korean owners agreed to pay an unstated amount of compensation. The other, Iraqi-owned, ship is in a bit more trouble, however, and sailors on the vessel may be taken to court. There's no information available yet on why the two ships are being treated differently, or why specific sailors, rather than the ship's owners, may be charged with damaging the cable.

click Related        click Rate This        click Share
Search ROVworld NEWS

Site Info
Poll ?
How many days did you work offshore in 2016? (All votes anonymous)


Votes 1149
ROVworld Feeds
Facebook - ROV News, Discussions, Jobs and more