The acquisition is part of a strategy to modernise and expand installation capacities in the context of the growth of the submarine telecommunications market.

The two vessels joined the ASN fleet respectively on May 7, 2021, for the Ile de Molène and on June 17, 2021, for the Ile d’Yeu.

Both vessels will now go through a heavy engineering and upgrade program to meet the expectations of ASN’s customers and the missions that they will be carrying out. L’Ile de Molène will be assigned to the maintenance of our customers’ telecommunications cables in the Atlantic and the North Sea. She is expected to start operating in the first half of 2022. L’Ile d’Yeu will join our installation fleet at the end of 2022 and will be immediately assigned to the installation of a transoceanic telecommunication system. These vessels will be equipped with the latest generation of equipment enabling ASN to offer the level of performance and efficiency expected by its customers, telecom operators and GAFAM. These 2 vessels are operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs under the French flag.

Vessels specifications

 Ile d’YeuIle de Molène
Length overall147m98m
Breadth moulded27m22m
Propulsion – main9000kW6000kW
Forward Thrusters5320kW2860kW
Gross tonnage145205729
Net tonnage43572080

By the end of 2022, ASN Marine’s cable fleet will consist of the following vessels:

Installation: Ile de Sein, Ile de Batz, Ile de Bréhat, Ile d’Aix, Ile d’Yeu

Maintenance: Ile d’Ouessant, Ile de Molène

Image source: Courtesy of ASN

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