NTT Communications, NTTWEM and NTT FINANCE launch cable-laying ship 'Kizuna'

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (NTTWEM) and NTT FINANCE CORPORATION (NTT FINANCE) jointly held a launch ceremony for their new submarine cable-laying vessel “Kizuna” at Kanrei shipyard in Tokushima, Japan, the companies said.

Construction of the 8,500 ton ship, which measures 109 meters in length and 20 meters in width, and which will have a planned average cruising speed of 13 knots and a capacity of up to 60 crew, will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2016.

Kizuna will be owned by NTT FINANCE and leased to NTTWEM when required. NTTWEM´s parent company NTT Com and other telecommunication companies and service providers will utilize Kizuna and three other vessels operated by NTTWEM to lay and maintain submarine cables used for delivering network and cloud services.

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company´s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal Oneâ„¢ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications´ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.