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Geopolitics and submarine cables


Today’s article tackles the topic of geopolitics and submarine cables. In an international situation of increasing security risks to these critical infrastructures, each and every operator in the industry must be aware of the strategic, economic, and political value of submarine cables to states and companies. Handling with extreme caution any sensitive information about the positioning of such infrastructure, such as the ability to develop an analysis about the most profitable routes in terms of protection from sabotage and espionage threats are skills more necessary than ever for operators.

The ability to represent the full interest of investing companies in a cable-laying project goes through the ability to ensure the best solutions in order to avoid man-made damage, the number one threat to cable security. This sector is finally the subject of great interest from institutions, which are intent on ensuring the operations and safety of these critical infrastructures as a primary objective.

The goal of Oceans & Cables, through the work of its practitioners, is to be a firm reference point for companies in implementing consistent protection practices. The company also aims to set up a fruitful dialogue with institutions to translate political will to ensure greater cable protection into practice. The technical knowledge of operators is a valuable resource that Oceans & Cables is intent on further enhancing by making operators more aware of their role in relation to today’s geopolitical dynamics specific to the industry. Operators who are more aware of the importance of their role will produce more thoughtful choices for the laying projects that Oceans & Cables is engaged with every day. To this, our plans include putting up this important topic in each and every training given to our operators in the client rep subsea cable installation.

This article was written by Dr Gabriele Olivieri, a collaborator of Oceans & Cables. Dr Olivieri is a geopolitical and international security specialist who brings experiences through his studies and scholarships focused on issues related to the security of critical infrastructures in terrestrial and underwater environments.

Oceans & Cables Limited is a company based in Malta, founded in 2014, operating in the submarine cable industry and related technical services, working with various industries and markets globally. Our specialisation is in the consultancy, planning and implementation of the submarine cable industry for governmental entities, commercial corporations, and offshore renewable energy companies around the world. For more information about Oceans & Cables, please contact us on