Repairs on SAT3 and WACS Cable Systems Face Further Delay

South Africa's Openserve says unfavourable conditions at sea continue to hamper the progress of the SAT3 and WACS repair operations.By Telecompaper
February 14, 2020

South Africa’s Openserve says unfavourable conditions at sea continue to hamper the progress of the vessel and crew undertaking the joint repair of the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS). Openserve said that as a result of these unforeseen circumstances, the crew will need an extra day of repair activity at the current break point offshore Congo.

It was initially anticipated that this restoration portion of the SAT3/WASC repair would be completed by 17 February but this is now due on 18 February. Thereafter, the ship will proceed to its next location offshore Ghana, to do a power-related (shunt fault) repair on the WACS cable. If conditions allow, the mission should be completed around 25 February.

Openserve will continue to communicate with the consortiums and the Leon Thevenin’s Chief of Mission until both cable systems are up and running again.

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