Submarine telecommunication systems have seen tremendous growth over the past 15 to 20 years. In the decade between 1965 and 1975, the amount of telecommunication cable in use on the ocean floor grew from 5 million to 45 million circuit-miles. These systems, along with planned future systems, have created a demand for ships capable of laying and repairing cable. The number of ships in this service is small, and many conversions exist. Cable ships, therefore, have never been treated in the literature as a separate class of ship. This paper presents an overview of the determining factors in cable ship design. It describes the wide range of cable operations a ship may be called on to perform, presents data on major existing ships, subdivides cable ships into three subclasses, and discusses design requirements peculiar to cable systems.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 18 April 1979 meeting of the Chesapeake Section of SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Sanderlin, T N
    • Williams, S M
    • Jamieson, R D
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00316453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM