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Updated Tuesday 03 December 2019


A New Pair of Shoes (1979)


A British Post Office film featuring the development of Rock Armoured Cables and Dutch Beam Trawl Shoes in order to prevent trawl damage to cables. Set in the North Sea and based upon the installation of a UK – Netherlands cable.




DownloadThe ICPC - Keeping the world connected (16:19)

This 16 minute video was produced in 2012 and covers historical, legal and environmental aspects of submarine cables, human and natural hazards and future challenges.

DownloadOcean Currents - The world of submarine power cables (16:13)

As renewable energy generation moves offshore, there is an increasing focus on the submarine power cables that carry "green" energy to onshore regional power grids. This is especially the case for the rapidly expanding offshore wind turbine farms. Ocean Currents is a new documentary, commissioned by the ICPC, to provide an informative overview of submarine power cables from their beginnings in the 19th century to the modern day when they are now an integral part of the global energy supply.

DownloadCurie: A look inside Google’s International Private Subsea Cable (4:33)

How much do you know about Google’s infrastructure? What about our internet under the sea? Follow a behind-the-scenes journey of our international private subsea cable – Curie. Named after the first female Nobel Prize winner, Marie Curie, the Curie subsea cable improves Google Cloud’s network infrastructure by connecting Valparaiso, Chile with Los Angeles, California.

Video and description above provided courtesy of Google Cloud.

Film Archive


DownloadA New Pair of Shoes (1979) (13:55)

A British Post Office film featuring the development of Rock Armoured Cables and Dutch Beam Trawl Shoes in order to prevent trawl damage to cables. Set in the North Sea and based upon the installation of a UK – Netherlands cable.

DownloadBreaking the Chain (1985) (5:25)

An ICPC film promoting the critical importance of submarine cables. Shows the process of grappling and recovering a damaged cable and its repair. Promotes cable awareness and the reasons behind abandoning caught fishing gear rather than recovering and cutting the cable.

DownloadSharing the Seabed (Original version 1985) (23:37)

An ICPC film promoting cooperation between fishermen and submarine cable owners and the use of cable awareness charts. The film explains the impactof cable damage on society and the risks posed to fishing vessels that try to recover a caught cable.

DownloadSharing the Seabed (1999) (15:13)

An updated ICPC film promoting cooperation between fishermen and submarine cable owners and the use of cable awareness charts. Overview of early Internet usage and its reliance upon submarine cables. Representation of a trawl catch on a cable and the risk to the trawler if the gear is not abandoned. Explanation of the repair sequence.

DownloadThe Catch that Nobody Wants (1973) (20:57)

An ICPC cable awareness film showing cable route survey, system planning and an explanation of plough burial. Overview of coaxial cable design, manufacture and cable laying processes. Coverage of the fishing vessel skipper’s decision on whether to abandon his fishing gear or break the cable. Coverage of a cable repair sequence.

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