13 February 2020

Cable ship Leon Thevenin faces a further delay

Unfavourable conditions at sea continue to hamper steady progress of the vessel and crew undertaking the joint repair mission of the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS).

Openserve has now been advised that the latest changes in the sequence of repairs, as a result of these unforeseen circumstances, will lead to the crew affording an additional day of repair activity at the current break point offshore Congo.

It was initially anticipated that this restoration portion of the SAT3/WASC repair will be completed by 17 February 2020 but has now been rescheduled for completion on Tuesday 18 February. Thereafter, the ship will proceed to its next location, offshore Ghana, to undertake a power-related (shunt fault) repair on the WACS cable. If conditions allow, the mission is still set to be completed around 25 February.

Openserve will continue to maintain interface with the consortiums and the Leon Thevenin’s Chief of Mission until both cable systems are up and running again.