Today, Calais is best known as the French terminus of the Channel Tunnel. But, in the world of submarine cables, Calais is also known for the tunnel between the Alcatel Submarine Networks plant and the port. “Our factory is one of the biggest in the world and has been making submarine cables for 120 years” says factory manager Patricia Boulanger with some pride. ASN currently belongs to Finnish telecommunications group, Nokia.
Most of the 600,000km of cable produced in Calais to date was loaded via this tunnel. The ASN fleet of cableships is operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. “ASN has six ships. Three cable layers (Île de Sein, Île de Batz and Île de Bréhat) and three cable repair vessels (Peter Faber, Lodbrog and Île d’Aix). We’re very happy with our ships and with LDA, our operator. The fleet is well suited to our needs, although changes are made as our needs change. A case in point is the recent cable laying project in Alaska …
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