On Friday 15th September, 2023 the Ports & Yachting Directorate of Transport Malta (Maritime Authority) issued a Local Notice to Mariners 171 of 2023 regarding repairs on Submarine Cable GO1 at St. Paul’s Bay.
Being a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is located 80km south to Sicily, Italy.
Now, all the submarine optical fiber cables landing in Malta are connecting to Sicily and onward to the rest of the world. There are now 4 submarine cables connecting Malta and Sicily, GO-1 Mediterranean cable system, Italy-Malta cable system, Epic Malta-Sicily Cable System (EMSCS) and Melita 1.
GO plc is the leading fixed network operator in Malta, offers a wide variety of services to global carriers. GO plc is the major telecom partner to international financial institutions, global online gaming companies, multi-national organizations based in the Centre of the Mediterranean, as well as the Maltese Government.
The GO-1 Mediterranean cable system is a 290km and 4-fiber-pair cable linking St Paul’s Bay CLS in Malta to Mazara del Vallo CLS in Sicily, Italy, ready for service in December 2008, with initial capacity of 2x10Gbps DWDM. GO partners with Interoute to land the cable at Interroute’s Mazara del Vallo CLS in Sicily, and connects to Interoute’s pan-European network.
Repairs were done by the 1988 Spanish built ITA flag and owned cable layer ANTONIO MEUCCI of which repairs started on Monday 25th and finished Saturday 30th September.
On Sunday 1st October she was at her home at Catania, Sicily.