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Chapter 6. Submarine Cable Repair and Maintenance

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Cable faults receive immediate attention not only because of the impact of lost service, but because every cable down is one less cable system available to restore traffic from other cable systems. Cable maintenance agreements (both zone agreements and private maintenance agreements) usually have a two tier payment system in which a standing charge is paid to ensure the ship operator has sufficient income to cover the costs of keeping the cable maintenance vessel operationally ready, at its base port, to sail within 24 hours of notification of a repair. The cableships used for the repair and maintenance of subsea telecommunication systems worldwide are required to have the same ocean going capability as the vessels used to install the cables. The location of the fault is checked against the 'as laid' cable data provided by the cable installer.

Keywords: cable faults; cable systems; cableships; private maintenance agreements; subsea telecommunication systems; zone agreements

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