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The [Lodbrog|http://www1.alcatel-lucent.com/submarine/vessels/lodbrog.htm] is laying the first of two 10km extension cable that will carry power and communications from the [Barkley Canyon|http://neptunecanada.ca/sensors-instruments/locations/barkley.dot] node to our instruments. The one to the north that is now being installed will service our [Vertical Profiler System|http://neptunecanada.ca/news/tags.dot?&tag=Vertical+Profiler+System] and shelf-break benthic pod, which will sit 10km to the northwest at a depth of 400m. When finished, the Lodbrog will lay the second extension cable, running from the node down into the canyon.
To prep the seafloor for this cable lay, the Lodbrog first deployed a [flatfish cutting grapnel|http://www1.alcatel-lucent.com/submarine/vessels/grapnel.htm] to clear the route of old ropes, out-of-service cables, fishing gear, etc. This has been completed for both the northern and southern extension cable routes.