Seaward Norfolk Wins MSC Competitive Bid For USNS Puerto Rico
Seaward Marine Services Norfolk won a Military Sealift Command competitive bid for diving services on the USNS Puerto Rico (T EPF-11) at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA.
Seaward Marine Services Mobile Diving Unit 5 was mobilized to complete the underwater work which included cleaning the underwater hull, waterjet propulsion system, sea chests, appendages, and video inspection of the underwater hull and components. Mobile 5 Dive Team was on station 66 crew hours completing 125 hours of diving, 6 hours dedicated to inspection and documentation of the underwater hull, and 119 diving hours to cleaning of the four waterjets, impellers, stators, and the underwater hull using three divers per shift. The hull was cleaned using three 2,100 PSI pressure washers with rotary jet nozzles in compliance with the requirement to avoid damaging the sensitive fouling release underwater hull coating. All work was completed on budget during the USNS Puerto Rico October 10-16, 2020 availability.