VOCUS CABLE IN PERTH CUT by Maersk vessel, $1.5m repair cost
Aug 2021: The Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) was cut on 1 August 2021, The cut was 10km offshore from Perth City Beach inside the Perth Submarine Cable Protection Zone.
Police claim the ship had been anchored approximately 500 metres from the protection zone, and allegedly dragged its anchor through the area in high winds, snagging and damaging the 20-metre-deep cable.
The master of the cargo ship Maersk Surabaya was arrested and charged.
Aside from the repair cost, the cable break impacted services into and out of Perth.