Sophie Germain

Sophie Germain

December 2, 2020

Orange strengthens its commitment to its submarine cable business, and will build a new cable ship through its subsidiary Orange Marine

Submarine cables are the backbone of the global internet. While careful choices of optimized routes are made and specific means of protections are used during their installation, defaults creating service outages are still regularly experienced. This can lead to major disruptions of internet and international telecommunications services, and in such cases a cable ship has to intervene.

This will be the mission of this new vessel, ready to sail within 24 hours at any time when required. She will replace C/S Raymond Croze, launched in 1983, who carried out more than one hundred cable repairs, mostly in Mediterranean, Black Sea and Red Sea.

June 15, 2021

Orange Marine reveals the name of its future cable ship: the C/S Sophie Germain, plus its official sponsor

The name of the future cable ship has just been announced: it will be called the C/S Sophie Germain, in tribute to the French mathematician, physician, and philosopher, and expert in number theory. A self-taught pioneer, she was the first woman to receive the Mathematical Sciences Grand Prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 1816.

Another woman will be honored to support the C/S Sophie Germain in its future missions. Elizabeth Tchoungui – Group Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation – has agreed to be the official sponsor of this new vessel, an ambassadorial role steeped in maritime tradition.

September 3, 2021

Orange Marine announces the keel laying of its future cable ship: the C/S Sophie Germain

We are delighted to announce the keel laying of our new CableShip “N/C Sophie Germain”. Our Consul-Deputy Head of Mission Aurélien Maillet and the Economic Counsellor of the French Embassy Jean-Alexandre Egea honored us with their presence for the ceremony. A new milestone has now been taken in the construction of our future cableship.

November 8, 2021

Work progresses despite the pandemic in Sri Lanka

Despite the difficulties due to the COVID19 and sanitary conditions that kept Sri Lanka in containment, the work progress for the Sophie Germain is amazing. Here is the design and development of the ship’s plates and structural elements.