History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
IT Intrepid (formerly Sir Eric Sharp)
CS IT INTREPID / SIR ERIC SHARP
Built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne
Launched 25 October 1988. Commissioned January 1989
Length 115.6m Breadth 18.00m Draft 6.3 m Gross tonnage 6141
Built as CS Sir Eric Sharp for Cable & Wireless (Marine) Ltd. and used for cable repair in the Atlantic under the ACMA (Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement), based at Hamilton, Bermuda. Cable handling equipment consists of two hydraulic 3.5 m diameter drum engines and an 18 wheel pair, hydraulic linear cable engine. Fitted with one bow and one stern sheave and three cable tanks with a capacity of 1416 cubic metres or 1700 tonnes of cable. Storage for 45 repeaters was also provided. Fitted with ROV 128 for buried cable maintenance.
In June 1999, along with the rest of the fleet, purchased by Global Crossing Inc. A separate and totally independent company, Global Marine Systems Ltd., was set up to carry out cable laying and maintenance.
In 2004 Global Crossing sold Global Marine Systems to Bridgehouse Marine. Of the vessels transferred, Sir Eric Sharp was one of three offered for sale and was purchased by International Telecom and renamed IT Intrepid. International Telecom's ships are based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
See also I.T.'s data sheet on the IT Intrepid.
CABLE WORK AS SIR ERIC SHARP
CABLE WORK AS IT INTREPID
Last revised: 11 October, 2022