The ship is a fully equipped cable lay / cable repair ship with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes of cable and carrying all the associated technical materials to do the work including an ROV and seabed plow for trenching and burying cable. It has a heli-deck (forward) and alarge crane aft.
It was built by the FarEast-Levingston Shipyard in Singapore in 1992 as Global Mariner. In 2004 it became Badaro and in 2007 Gulmar Badaro. ASN Marine (Alcatel Submarine Networks) formed ALDA Marine with French shpping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) to manage and operate of a fleet of cable ships that work world wide. They acquired and renamed the ship in 2011.
In 2016 Nokia took over Alcatel-Lucent SA and absorbed it, however the ASN name is still used by Nokia Networks. The company also has the largest fibre optic cable manufacturing facility in the world, located in Calais.