Australia and many other “island” counties rely on underwater cables for their Internet connections to the world. We know these communication cables are laid and repaired when needed by special cable ships but have you ever seen one of these? No? Neither have I, so I got quite interested when I spotted one of them leaving Sydney Harbour this Sunday.
This is Ile de Re a 4500 tonne ship, which belongs to Alcatel and Lucent and it is flowing a French flag. It was built in 1983 and it is 140.12 m long, has breadth of 23.3 m and draught 7.3 m. It’s started its service as a RO/RO ferry and was converted to a cable ship by “Remontowa” shipyard in Poland in 2002.