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The cable-laying phase of the Australia Singapore Cable system is over, with the final splice having been completed south-east of Singapore.

In a statement, Vocus Group managing director and chief executive Kevin Russell said this was a significant milestone.

The 4600-km cable has had a long journey, with the Alcatel Submarine Networks cable-laying ship, Ile de Re, having a complicated lay from Christmas Island, through the very challenging and heavily traversed Sunda Strait that splits the Indonesian Islands of Java and Sumatra.

From here it has progressed to just off the Singapore coast where the ASC connects to Singapore via a 10-metre deep trench from 10km out from the cable station landing site and then through a horizontally bored pipe into shore.

Of the two cable ships that worked on ASC, the Ile de Re has had the more challenging, and time-consuming, task of deep dredging in a number of areas with a 40-tonne plough to bury the ASC to minimise the risk of damage from shipping and other marine activities. This was all done while navigating some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, which heightened the operational risk.

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The Alcatel Submarine Networks cable ship Ile de Re deploys the 40-tonne plough for the final time off the coast of Singapore to complete the Australia Singapore Cable physical cable lay.

“I’m thrilled to have reached this very important point which is a testament to the very positive and cohesive relationships between our project team and the team from ASN," Russell said.

He said the overall project was progressing at an excellent pace with very pleasing results.

“This final leg from Christmas Island to Singapore presented the greatest engineering and technical challenges and it’s a great credit to the team that we on track in final configuration phase.

“We’re very appreciative of the great work that has been completed by ASN and look forward to working with them on the other side of the Pacific for the recently announced Coral Sea Cable System.”

Photos: courtesy Vocus

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