Legal & regulatory issues for Subcable in Pandemic


Program host Mr. Erick Contag President Suboptic started the event in his natural amicable smile. Sponsored by ASN, DRG Undersea Consulting, globenet,  google, JSA & XTERA

Topics discussed included:

  • Essential business and essential worker status, port and maritime zone access, travel and crew changes, protection of personnel and port staff health, expedited permitting for repairs and new builds

Panel: According to USA & UK representatives, both the Governments are alert on COVID -19 issues. Different steps have been taken by two governments staying in their own protocol and present build.

Proactive VS Reactive Governmental activities and co-ordination issues in national and subnational level with respective companies and agencies are needed to be accelerated. Same needs to be done in country to country co-ordination. For more detail please follow this link

  • Assessment of what have governments done well, and what remains to be done
  • Messaging about the importance of submarine cables during—and following—the pandemic, and the ICPC Call to Action
  • Key contracts for system supply, capacity sale, colocation and hosting, O&M, marine and terrestrial maintenance, and survey, which may or may not clearly address what happens to performance and payment during a pandemic, or who should bear the risk
  • Interpretation of key terms regarding force majeure, material adverse effect, other remedies and grounds for relief, and insolvency

Guest Moderator:
Kent Bressie, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and Legal Advisor to the International Cable Protection Committee (USA)

Stuart Blythe, Partner, Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Catherine Creese, Director, Naval Seafloor Cable Protection Office (US Navy)

Andrew Boyce, Assistant Director, Telecoms Security (Subsea Cables), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (UK Government)

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