Cable ship deployed in Egyptian salvage efforts

The French government has deployed a submarine cable-laying ship to aid attempts to retrieve the flight recorders from the recently-crashed plane in the Sharm El-Sheikh disaster.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  January 12, 2004

The French government has deployed a submarine cable-laying ship to aid attempts to retrieve the black boxes from the recently-crashed plane in the Sharm El-Sheikh disaster. ‘Ile de Batz’, a vessel owned by ALDA Marine, the joint venture between Alcatel and maritime firm, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, was due to leave Egypt’s port of Suez on Sunday to help find the plane’s flight recorders. The vessel has been equipped with a submarine remotely operated vehicle (ROV) provided by France Telecom and has a specialised crane with a lifting capacity of 50 tons, which could eventually be used to retrieve pieces of the plane’s debris. Although the ship is designed to lay and maintain submarine communications cables, its owners say it is also suited for search missions. It includes dynamic positioning via GPS, enabling it to maintain its position at a given point in spite of adverse weather conditions.

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