By Sailing Today

Boats in the Bristol Channel and west towards the south coast of Ireland are being warned to be on the lookout for a vessel carrying out preparatory works for a 4,600km telecommunications cable that will link Canada to the UK.

The £300m Hibernia Express project will lay a new superfast fibre optic cable between Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cork and Brean, Somerset.

The MV Atlantic Guardian earlier this week began clearing the seabed of debris and obstructions, ready for the cable to be laid. Once it is connected, it will shave six milliseconds off the communication time between each side of the Atlantic. Trading companies in New York and London are expected to be the biggest customers.

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