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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 Ile de Re
by Bill Glover


Built in 1983

Length 140.12 m Breadth 23.3 m Draught 7.3 m Gross tonnage ?

CS Ile de Re at Victoria, British Columbia, with Global Marine Systems Ltd. CS Bold Endurance moored astern.
Photograph © 2004 D. Moseley, England

Formerly a RO/RO ferry; converted by Remontowa, Poland, in 2002 into a cable maintenance ship, owned and operated by ALDA.

Six cable tanks provide storage for 4690 tonnes of cable. Storage for 40 repeaters is provided. Carries submersible ROV for cable burial.

CS Ile De Ré at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Photo © D. Moseley, England 2004


ALDA is a company jointly owned by ALCATEL (51%) and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (49%). ALDA supplies the crew for the cableships and ALCATEL provides the cable technicians.

CS Ile de Re at Sydney, Australia, in 2006
Photograph courtesy of Brian Yap under Creative Commons license


2006 APNG 2: Sydney, Australia - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Last revised: 17 February, 2013

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