By early February 2009, the cable laying ships will begin their preparations for sailing to the Hitachi Works in Minato for the loading of the cable.
Lay 1 (4,700 km) will be conducted by the CS Tyco Reliance and Lay 2 (2,200km) by the CS Tyco Decisive. The first lay will install the cable from Sydney to a position some 85 km just north of BU4. The second load of 2,200km commencing end March will be laid from Guam south to meet up with the CS Reliance laying Northwards which will conduct the final splice.
To date over 6000 kilometres of cable has been manufactured and is ready for the repeater coupling.