Use Cases for Submarine Cables Industry

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The Metocean Analytics tool can help you in many fields and activities. Below you will find several case studies that show you in which context we intervened, what was the challenge, and what solution we brought for our clients in submarine cables industry.

N-SEA

Project date: 2023 -2024

Context: N-Sea is an integrated total subsea solutions provider in Survey, IRM & Construction, Subsea Cable Repair & Installation, and UXO ID & Disposal.

We deliver effective and cost-efficient solutions for subsea infrastructures and assets that meet the needs of our clients and the international oil & gas, and renewable industries, considering a safe environment.

It provides all elements of turnkey global undersea transmission systems. ASN offers an extensive services portfolio including project management, installation, commissioning, and marine and maintenance operations performed by its wholly-owned fleet of cable ships.

Challenge: Working at sea comes with a risk of unforeseeable weather delays due to bad weather circumstances. The unpredictable weather conditions and the changing market circumstances regarding who is the owner of this risk, make it more and more important to properly evaluate the potential consequences. Therefore N-Sea was searching for a tool that can predict and evaluate the potential impact of weather delays on the different working locations, to ensure efficient scheduling and to mitigate the potential consequences.

Solution: Sinay’s Metocean Analytics is an innovative tool for estimating potential weather downtime during our tendering and planning phase. With this tool N-Sea can work out different weather scenarios that increase the robustness of our schedules, providing a level of predictability we previously missed. This way we can ensure our estimated completion milestones towards our clients, but also allow for more accurate internal scenario-based evaluations.

« Thanks to Sinay’s Metocean Analytics, N-Sea understands how to navigate through the increasingly challenging weather conditions with confidence, this way we can ensure our estimated completion milestones towards our clients and maximize our operational vessel days. »

P.J. Bastiaanse, Tender Manager

Alcatel Submarine Networks

Project date: 2022 -2025

Context: Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 750,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide.

It provides all elements of turnkey global undersea transmission systems. ASN offers an extensive services portfolio including project management, installation, and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by its wholly-owned fleet of cable ships.

Challenge:  ASN needs to estimate the potential weather downtime from bid to operations while planning for installation & maintenance operations at sea. These estimates have to be based on ASN Fleet operating parameters along the cable path, which may transit across many areas of the world over long distances and seasons.

Solution: After having used Metocean Analytics portal for several years, ASN now connected its Geographical Information System to Meteocean Analytics allowing for a fast estimate of sea conditions along a cable path, with a rather fine set of sample points.

 

“Our teams in bidding, operation planning, and operations used to consult Meteocean data from the portal, modeling sea conditions on selected points. The exercise was time-consuming which restricted the investigations.

We now connected our GIS platform to Metocean Analytics, sending queries automatically to the platform based on data we have in our GIS system. Investigations can be more granular and much faster than used to be. It also facilitates the handover of analysis from one team to the other.

Planning and pricing can be better adjusted and more complete information can support our communication with customers to select the lay period or manage weather downtime risks.”

Martin Desbruyères, Marine Bid Director

Frequently Asked Questions About Submarine Cables Industry

The submarine cables industry involves the design, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of cables that are laid on the seabed to facilitate communication, power transmission, or data transfer between different locations.

These cables are essential for global connectivity, supporting telecommunications, internet services, and energy transmission between continents.

Some of the major players in the submarine cable industry include:

SubCom (Submarine Communications), TE SubCom (Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications), NEC Corporation, Huawei Marine Networks, Nexans, Prysmian Group.

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