Two Ships at Sea

Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The Thompson

TE SubCom Cable Ship Dependable

The TE SubCom Cable Ship Dependable was used to install the OOI cable off the coast of Oregon in summer 2011 and is being used for Primary Node installation in summer 2012. Image courtesy of TE SubCom

TE SubCom Cable Ship Dependable

There will soon be two ships at sea conducting work related to the regional cabled network component of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative. OOI scientists will set sail on August 11 onboard the R/V Thompson to conduct work at Hydrate Ridge and Axial Seamount, part of the continuing efforts to prepare for, survey, and assess the ongoing installation of this high-power and high-bandwidth cabled network.

At the same time, the TE Subcom Dependable, will be working offshore, continuing its work installing the 560 miles (900 km) of the electro-optical cable that forms the backbone of the network.