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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 Bold Endurance
by Bill Glover


Built 1978 by Hollming O/Y, Rauma, Finland

Length 139.4 m. Breadth 20.25 m. Depth 6.2 m. Gross tonnage 9802

Built as a heavy lift/barge carrier for the Russian Navy and named Stakhanovets Petrash.

In 1997 sold to Dove Navigation Ltd. and renamed Fastov. Sold again in 1999 to Secunda Global Marine, Nova Scotia and then converted by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea into a cable layer fitted with stern sheaves only and renamed CS Bold Endurance. The cable laying equipment was installed on Teesside.

Chartered to Global Marine Systems Ltd., UK for five years from the completion of the refit in February 2000. Sub chartered to KDD Submarine Systems for cable laying in the Far East. Home port is in Barbados.

CS Bold Endurance at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Photograph © 2002 D. Moseley, UK


Copyright © 2007 FTL Design

Last revised: 11 May, 2007

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