The crew aboard the Leon Thevenin are facing rough seas and adverse weather conditions as they conduct cable repairs in the Atlantic Ocean.
The cables being repaired are the West African Cable System (WACS) and the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC).
These two cables experienced a break in January leading to many South Africans battling with slow internet speeds.
The good news is that repairs to WACS off the coast of Congo are going well and the job is expected to be complete ahead of schedule. Openserve said in a statement that repairs should be complete by 6th February rather than 8th February as was originally stated.
The bad news is that the crew aboard the Leon Thevenin still have the job of repairing SAT3/WASC once the WACS repair is complete.
“As per the report received, the vessel will travel on to offshore Ghana next, to attend to the repair of a section of the SAT3/WASC repair. It is anticipated that this restoration portion will be completed by 17 February 2020. This is subject to favourable external factors such as the weather conditions at sea. Thereafter, the ship will proceed to the next break location of the SAT3/WASC cable and again, if all goes well, the work is set to be completed around 25 February,” explained Openserve.
Hopefully this means that internet service to South Africa will be back at fully capacity by 25th February but of course, delays could push that date out further.
Hopefully that isn’t the case and it’s clear skies and smooth seas for the crew aboard the Leon Thevenin.[Image – CC 0 Pixabay]