By The Sun Daily

PORT KLANG: Optic Marine Services Group (OMS) today launched the Malaysian-flagged submarine cable installation barge – Cable Orchestra.

The US$15 million shore end cable laying barge is purpose-built to facilitate cable installation in water depth of up to 40 metres.

OMS Chief Executive Officer, Ronnie Lim Hai Liang, said Cable Orchestra would be able to lay cables at a much higher rate than usual, installing as long as five kilometres (km) per day depending on seabed conditions.

“It has the capacity to carry 700 tonnes of cables that equate to about 200km,” he said.

Lim said Cable Orchestra, slated to commence operations next month, was equipped with a five-metre burial tool, the Dragon Sledge, and could accommodate up to 50 crew members. It also has the Dynamic Positioning System, he said.

In September, Cable Orchestra will embark on a segment of the SEA-ME-WE 5 (SMW5), which is a 20,000 km submarine cable system connecting 17 countries, from Singapore to West Asia to France and Italy in Western Europe.

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