ASN to Inaugurate the New Ile de Molene This Week

On June 24, 2022, Alcatel Submarine Networks' new cable maintenance vessel, the Ile de Molène, will be inaugurated in Calais.

Ile de Molene: Photo Courtesy ASN Press Release

ASN Press Release
June 21, 2022

Paris, France – On June 24, 2022, a new submarine cable maintenance vessel, the Ile de Molène, will be inaugurated in Calais and will join the ASN (Alcatel Submarine Networks) fleet.

Alain Biston, President of ASN and Natacha Bouchart, Mayor of Calais and Vice-President of the Hauts-de-France Region will kick off this day at the Quai Paul Devot in Calais to which 150 personalities have been invited to attend the christening of the ship.

The Ile de Molène will be assigned to the maintenance of our customers' submarine telecommunication cables. It will enter service at the end of the second quarter of 2022.

Major engineering and upgrading programs have been carried out on this vessel to enable it to best meet its future maintenance missions and the various needs of ASN's customers.

This vessel will be equipped with the latest generation of equipment and instruments to ensure the expected level of performance and efficiency required for its various missions.

Ile de Molène will be operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs under the French flag


Length overall                                                                                                                                  99.573 m
Breadth moulded                                                                                                                            22.06 m
Main propulsion              2 x 3000kW Azimuthing Contra rotating propellers                  6000 kW
Bow thruster                     2 x Tunnel thruster 1100 kW                                                           3000 kW
1 azimuth thruster 880kW
D/G engine type               2x MAK 8M25 – 2320kW                                                                 8240 kW
2x MAK 6M25 – 1800kW

Transit Speed                                                                                                                                   11.5 knots
Tanks and storage           Cable tanks : 2 x 400 mT
6 x repeater trolleys
Gross tonnage                                                                                                                                  5448 UMS
Net tonnage                                                                                                                                      2069 UMS


About Alcatel Submarine Networks
Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 700,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, enough to circumnavigate the globe 17 times. From traditional telecom applications to content and “over the top” service provider infrastructures, as well as to offshore oil and gas applications, ASN provides all elements of turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs. An extensive services portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the
submarine business, including project management, installation, and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s wholly owned fleet of cable ships.

Alcatel Submarine Networks – media contact
Guillaume FAUSTEN
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