Damage to submarine cables is expensive to repair and can cause disruption to power distribution and international telecommunications.
KIS-ORCA charts enable you to avoid submarine cables in UK waters, and are free of charge.
If you do foul a cable, make sure you follow the emergency procedures to safeguard your vessel and your crew.
The following sequence of events shows what can happen if a vessel fouls a submarine cable.
First fouling of Cable by fishing gear
Starting to retrieve gear
Submarine cable almost impossible to release
First realisation of fouling a cable
Cable should be lowered to seabed to eliminate danger of capsize