What is DKCPC?
The Danish Cable Protection Committee (DKCPC) is an association of Gas, telecommunication and electricity companies, which all own submarine cables and pipelines in Danish maritime territory.
The purpose of the association is to improve the protection of pipes and submarine cables in Danish waters for the benefit of security of supply and the market supply of electricity and telecommunications services.
Telephone and power cables form an important part of Denmark’s infrastructure. The cables located on Danish sea territory require special attention because they can be accidentally damaged by fishing tackle and anchors.
Repairs to submarine cables are expensive and long-lasting compared to onshore repairs. Damage to submarine cables therefore particularly affects the security of supply and the market supply of electricity and telecommunications services in Danish society.
The cables will usually be buried in the seabed, but since the seabed can move, there is no guarantee of this.
This is precisely why there is also a 200 meter protection zone along and on each side of a submarine cable where other use of the seabed is not allowed.
Anchoring and fishing with bottom gear is therefore also not allowed.