NTT officially launched the "Kizuna", new submarine cable-laying vessel, from the Kanrei shipyard in Tokushima, Japan.
Kizuna will be owned by NTT FINANCE and leased to NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (NTTWEM). The ship is configured with its main working space in the stern. Its design incorporates azimuth propellers, an electric propulsion system and a dynamic positioning system. These allow it to navigate quickly to selected locations and once in position, to withstand wind velocities of up to 14 meters per second, wave heights of up to 3 meters and ocean currents of up to 3 knots.