SEAIOCMA extends cable maintenance contract with Global Marine till 2022

21 March 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


South East Asia and Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement (SEAIOCMA) has extended its cable maintenance agreement with Global Marine Group for another four years.

Bruce Neilson-WattsUnder the terms of the agreement Global Marine, a provider of subsea fibre optic cable installation and maintenance solutions, will provide a newly constructed depot in Subic Bay, Philippines.

“There is no greater endorsement of your success than a contract extension from an existing customer,” said Bruce Neilson-Watts, managing director of Global Marine. “SEAIOCMA has again placed confidence in our capabilities, primarily because we provide certainty and minimise disruption. Over our long and successful history, Global Marine has proved time and time again that we are both resilient and flexible enough to provide new solutions that aid future market development.”

The new depot will continue to act as the base of Global Marine’s vessel the Cable Retriever, a cable ship equipped with a 600 horsepower remote operated vehicle, capable of burying cable up to three metres below the sea bed and mobilising within 24 hours of a call-out.

The SEAIOCMA maintenance zone agreement repairs submarine cables that carry international telecommunications traffic. It spans the area between Djibouti in the west, Perth in the south, Guam in the east and the northern tip of Taiwan.

Global Marine has been delivering maintenance services to SEAIOCMA since 1986 and to date has completed close to 600 repairs. During that time Global Marine’s network has extended from 34,000 km of cable to more than 111,000 km.

In December, Global Marine expanded its operations base in the UK to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland. The company says the expansion to the Port of Blyth is the latest step in its plan for continued growth and the development of a suite of local operational hubs situated where customers need support.