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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

CS Atlantida
by Bill Glover

CS ATLANTIDA / TRINITY SUPPORTER / IT INTERCEPTOR

Built in 1987 by Astilleros de Santander S A., Santander

Length 114.03 m. Breadth 18.55 m. Depth 6.0 m. Gross tonnage 7,374

Delivered January 1988 and commissioned in February 1988. Built for Telecommunicaciones Marinas S.A., Santa Cruz de Tenerife, for cable repair work and flexible pipe laying.

TEMASA (Telecomunicaciones Marinas S.A., a subsidiary of TELEFONICA) was purchased by TYCOM in 1999/2000 or early 2000, The vessel was owned and operated by Tycom (later Tyco) since that date.

CS Atlantida was laid up in Vigo on about September 27th, 2002.

About one year later CS Atlantida was purchased by a Singapore company, renamed Trinity Supporter and moved to Belize flag, leaving the port of Vigo on the afternoon/evening of December 26th, 2003.

Early in 2008 the vessel was purchased by International Telecom Inc., and renamed CS IT Interceptor.

CS IT Interceptor
Image courtesy of International Telecom

Thanks for this detailed information on the ship's history go to Raúl Gómez Blanco, Master of CS Atlantida from 1 April 1986 (when the keel was laid) until 27 September 2002. Captain Blanco also provided the photographs below, with the following notes:

Some of the photographs show CS Atlantida during the sea trials out of Santander Bay (north of Spain) in the period of January 1988, as far as I remember, and others in Vigo (NW coast of Spain), our base port.

The last two photographs show the ship when she left Vigo on 26th December 2003 after being sold and renamed Trinity Supporter, and finally the Trinity Supporter in Singapore waters.

As CS Atlantida

As CS Trinity Supporter

Copyright © 2008 FTL Design

Last revised: 7 September, 2008

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