Monday, November 30, 2009

Tyco Telecommunications Upgrades its Cable Landing Gear

Tyco Telecommunications has upgraded its undersea cable landing gear with the deployment of a new, top-of-the-line shore-end plow. The plow, which enables continuity of burial from beach to deep water, provides enhanced efficiency and shallow water burial capability without the need for manual diver jet burial.

The upgrade consists of:

  • Cable Burial Plows: Beyond the recently deployed shore-end plow, three additional top-of-the-line deep sea cable plows have been added to Tyco Telecommunications' existing inventory of cable installation and repair tools. Designed and proven for operation in a variety of seabed environments ranging from sand to firm clays, the new plows are capable under suitable conditions of trenching and burying submarine cable to a depth of 3.0 meters in down to 2,000 meters of water depth.

  • ROV Tracking Systems: The Tyco Telecommunications ROV fleet has been upgraded with the latest technology for tracking and locating subsea telecommunications cables. This new system, along with the recent addition of state-of-the-art profiling systems, provides unsurpassed survey and inspection capabilities.

  • Control Systems: Tyco Telecommunications now maintains the latest computer control and monitoring systems on its ships, which fully integrate engine room, bridge and cable laying operations, providing the highest degree of installation accuracy and reliability. Using multiple inputs, including motion-reference units, differential global positioning data, and underwater acoustic reference systems, these systems provide unparalleled maneuverability and increase operational efficiency.

  • Satellite Communications: Tyco Telecommunications has implemented a fleet-wide enhancement of its shipboard satellite communications systems and now has real time internet, high-speed data transmission and VoIP telephone communication for vessel, project and customer use. This significant upgrade benefits operational management and improves the quality of life at sea by providing a shipboard communications capability equal to an office environment.

"The new shore-end plow was an essential tool in our recent operation and resulted in a seamless and efficient cable landing, demonstrating its value to our installation team and customers," said James Herron, managing director at Tyco Telecommunications. "It is our top priority to provide our customers with not only the highest-quality products and services, but also the ability to customize solutions to meet their unique needs; our new shore-end plow undoubtedly provides our customers with the ultimate flexibility for varied cable landing environments."