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Why avoid submarine cables?


Why avoid submarine cables?

There are six main reasons why fishing vessels should avoid being in zones where they might hook a submarine telecommunication cable :

  1. Damage to a submarine cable may cause serious problems with trans-world communication, putting human life, trade and international business at risk,
  2. submarine cables are supplied by high voltage current of up to several thousand volts : on average, this might be 3-4000 V for a trans-atlantic cable, and less than 1000 V for a UK-France cable

    ATTEMPTING TO CUT A CABLE MAY RESULT IN DEATH.

  3. Repairing a submarine cable damaged due to hooking may be very expensive,
  4. When a fishing vessel hooks a cable, a great deal of time and expensive equipment may be lost,

    THE SHIP AND HER CREW MAY RUN A RISK OF CAPSIZE OR SHIP-WRECK

  5. The fishermen may be liable.


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