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Actions taken by Orange in the interests of security
Compensation for hook events

Legal Commentary

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Actions taken by Orange in the interests of security

Communication with fishermen

  • Considerable effort is being made on the part of Orange to inform fishermen about the situation vis-à-vis submarine cables.
Recovery of old submarine cables
Orange periodically organises operations to recover old out of service cables with a view to reducing risk to fishing vessels on the continental shelf.

Compensation for hook events

When a fishing vessel is unexpectedly halted in its progress, the presence of a submarine cable may be suspected.
Many vessels have electronic navigation systems which show the layout of submarine cables within the fishing zones under scrutiny. These boats can navigate with greater security than those boats not equipped with such systems.
These navigators should consult our Internet site to discover the whereabouts of cable routes. In any event, if a boat suspects they have snagged a cable, they should :

  1. Take a bearing of the ship's position on the SHOM chart
  2. If an active cable is known to be in the immediate vicinity of your position,
    the warps should be cut
  3. leave a message on the Orange answering machine to communicate the information required to fill in the simplified report of a hook event (only available in France).
  4. Within the 24 hours after arrival in port, fill in the "report of supposed snag/hook on a submarine cable", which takes the following form :
    Téléchargez le modèle au format PDF Suspected hook on submarine cable report
  5. Send a copy of the sea report for the attention of the Maritime Office to the following address:
    Orange Câbles sous-marins
    Operations & Maintenance
    61, rue des Archives
    75141 PARIS Cedex 03

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