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Since 1997 SBSS have provided uninterrupted cable repair and maintenance services to the Yokohama Zone and Pacific and Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement. Servicing over 80,000km of telecommunications cables throughout Asia-Pacific, in some of the deepest of the world’s oceans, SBSS employ dedicated DP cable ships, highly experienced crew and the latest in cutting edge burial technology, to respond to any cable faults on a 24/7/365 basis.

Operating out of our strategically located marine base in Shanghai SBSS are able to minimise the impact of any resultant downtime should the worst happen. Responding to strict Key Performance Indicators, and constantly ensuring our staff are at the forefront of the latest technology through our UJ qualified jointer training program and ROV pilot school, we are able to efficiently restore our customer’s business and maintain their network resilience.

Amongst the services we offer our maintenance customers are:

  • Dedicated Year-round Cable Maintenance Vessels
  • Class-leading 3m ROV Burial Capability
  • Secure, Strategic Cable Depot for Spares Storage
  • Accredited UJ Jointer Training
  • Innovative Cable Protection Solutions
  • Active Participation in Industry Forums for Cable Protection Best Practice

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Projects Customer Year Original Burial Depth(m) Min / Max Water Depth(m)
Yokohama Zone Maintenance Service Provider (SBSS deliver a UJ/UC technical solution to complete the repair operation with 3m ROV burial vehicle) Maintenance Authorities 2012-2017 0 ~3m 15m ~ 9,200m
Shanghai River-Crossing Cable Repair Shanghai Telecom 2010 3 42237
Beihai-Lingao Repair(including 55km burial @ 3m) China Telecom & China Netcom 2003 2 11 / 35
Shanghai River-Crossing Cable Shanghai Telecom 2001 3 16.7 / 35
Yokohama Maintenance Zone (YZ) YZ Maintenance Authorities 1997-2012 - -


Fully Integrated Subsea Cable Installation Solutions

SBSS provide a fully integrated and project managed approach to installing your subsea telecommunications cable. Utilizing our specialized cable ships and leveraging twenty years of cable handling experience we ensure the quality of our installation and the ongoing security of the connection gives our customers long-term confidence in the reliability and robustness of their communications network.

Each installation project is approached with the goal of designing, managing and delivering a leading technical and cost-effective solution. With our in-house engineering capability, close cooperation between project management teams both onshore and offshore, and technological leadership in subsea burial, we’ve successfully installed over 42,000km of cable for our customers, working on some of the major systems in the Asia-Pacific region: China – US, Asia Pacific Gateway, Trans-Pacific Express and IMEWE.

Continually looking to improve our service offering to our customers SBSS have developed our three-meter Hi-Plough and 600hp trenching ROV Sea Lion III with SMD in the UK. The former was employed when setting the world record for simultaneous lay and burial, and this drive to offer ever more effective solutions to lay and bury cable has helped establish SBSS’s position as the class leader in subsea cable burial technology and delivery.

Employing our experience from the front-end of each cable installation, SBSS offer the following services in support of our customers’ projects:

  • Marine Survey and Cable Route Planning
  • Pre-Lay Route Clearance
  • Simultaneous Cable Installation and Burial
  • Pre-Lay Shore End Installation
  • Direct Shore End Installation
  • Shallow Water Support Services
  • Post-Lay Inspection and Burial



Projects Customer Year Total Length(km) Plough Buried(km) Burial Depth(m) Max Depth(m)
SMPCS NEC 2015 1600 1238 1.5-2.0 2970
APG NEC 2013-2014 - - - -
SJC S1,S3,S4,S5&S7 NEC 2013 1862.78 924 1.5 4370
TSE-1 HMN 2012-2013 206 203 3 90
SJC S12 PLSE NEC 2012 12.51 10.85 3 20
Asia Submarine Cable Express (ASE) Phase 1, Phase 2 NEC 2012 3938 1390 1.5-3.0 5583
EAC1 Seg K Repeater Replacement KDDI 2010 4.5 0 1.2 900
EAC1 Seg L Repeater Replacement KDDI 2010 37 0 1.2 1950
IMEWE NEC 2009 4156 222 0.8 4070
EAC1 Seg A Repeater Replacement KDDI 2009 19 0 0 3600
AAG S1I, S2 NEC 2008 2576 680 1 4170
TPE S2W Tyco 2008 592 592 3 110
TPE S1N Tyco 2008 184 169 1.5 100
TPE S1N,S2,S1S,S4 PLSE Tyco 2007-2008 330 330 3 40
TPE S1N Tyco 2007 757 757 3 120
Russia Sakhalin Cable Installaion GMSL 2007 199 199 0.8 650
Shanghai Baogang- ChangXing Island – Chongmin Island Yangtze Rive Crossing Shanghai Telecom 2006 13.68 5 0 20
APCN2 S3 & S8 Remedial NEC 2006 180 - - 4300
EAC 1 Qingdao Extension NEC 2006 360 360 3 80
DH2005 CSCC 2005-2006 260 260 3 60
Jasuka Sub SS1 NTTWEM 2005 600 600 1.5 60
SMW4 S1-1, S1-3a Tycom 2005 604 604 0.8 80
India - Singapore (TATA) 1D, 1E Tycom 2004 574 574 1 & 2 80
Fu Jian Pingtan Island - Nanri Island Cable Installation (Domestic Project) CSCC 2004 46 46 3 30
Thailand - Indonesia - Singapore (TIS) Seg.B ACPL 2003 945 945 1.5 70
China RailCom Hainan Project(Domestic Project) Yue Hai Corp. 2002 23 6 3 100
APCN2 S4a & S3 Remedial (Deep Burial) NEC 2002 405 405 3 78
Zhou Shan - Six Islands Linkage(Domestic Project) Zhou Shan Telecom 2002 18 18 1.5 & 3 105
China-US W1 Re-routing Deep Burial NEC 2002 144 144 3 55
China-US N1 Re-routing Deep Burial KDD-SCS 2001 145 145 3 53
China-US W1 Re-routing deep burial NEC 2001 145 145 3 53
C2C S3a2 & S3a3 Tycom 2001 677 677 3(230km) & 1.0 150
APCN2 S3a, S3b, S8abc1, S8c2-1 & S8c2-2 Global Marine 2001 4560 1461 3 & 1.5 6000
APCN2 S4c, S5 Global Marine 2000 281 281 3 & 1.5 1500
AJC S8, S10 Global Marine 2000 90 90 1.5 1000
Japan US Seg 8 KDD-SCS 2000 1128 0 0 5170
North Star Alcatel 1999 2457 0 0 4700
China-US W1 & W3 NEC 1999 1410 213 1.5 5960
China-US N1 KDD-SCS 1999 616 571 1.5 395
China-US S1 Tycom 1999 1569 206 1.5 -
SMW3 Seg 1 Fujistu 1999 2482 984 1.5 -
SMW3 Seg 2 Alcatel 1998 688 169 1.5 3922
FLAG P3 AT&T 1997 570 570 1.5 948
Miyazaki – Okinawa KDD-SCS 1997 1175 58 1.5 7182
Yantai-Dalian & Penglai – Changdao China Telecom 1996 155 155 1.5 60
APCN Segs. B6 & B8 Global Marine 1996 1321 330 1.5 3969
Jakarta - Surabaya Global Marine 1996 703 703 1.5 64
TVH Seg. B3 Global Marine 1995 1912 280 1.5 3493
China - Korea Cable System Alcatel 1995 540 540 1.5 82