Cable Laying Ship Working In Tiree Passage
As An Tirisdeach reaches our deadline date for publication, we are delighted to see that the cable laying ship Rene Descartes is back in the Tiree Passage laying fibre optic cable for future broadband services, after spending the weekend in Belfast.
The ship is currently working between Calgary Bay, Mull and Scarinish, Isle of Tiree, where the broadband fibre-optic cables will come ashore. An Tirisdeach understands that shore based work at the Scarinish BT repeater station is already complete to receive the new fibre-optic cable.
Local organisations including Tiree Broadband, Tiree Trust and Tiree Community Council, successfully presented a compelling case to Marine Scotland that the sub-sea cable between Mull and Tiree should be commenced immediately, despite objections by Clyde based fishing interests to the sea bed cable work.
It is unlikely that faster broadband services will be available to BT customers on Tiree until the completion by BT in 2015 of infrastructure planning.
Readers who are interested in following the daily progress of the Rene Descartes can do so on their tablets or iPad’s by downloading an app called “marine traffic”. The app shows all ship movements in the area, including speed, destination, cargo carried etc.