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Turbo Kings – Seaward Participates In Large Scale Test Of U.S. Sealift Fleet


The no-notice exercise started for Seaward Marine Services in Norfolk VA at 1615 hours on Monday September 16, 2019 with a phone call from a Keystone Shipping Company Port Engineer. “We were just notified four of our Charleston assets have been turbo activated. Can Seaward support all four hull cleanings in a two-day availability?” During the Keystone call another one is received from the Ready Reserve Force Program Manager for Pacific-Gulf Marine. His voicemail stated “we have two Newport News assets that have been turbo activated, can Seaward provide support?” The scramble begins. Seaward Operations Manager David Spruill immediately calls Navy Reps in Mayport FL and Norfolk VA. “Can we put a few USN scheduled ships on standby for a couple days this week to support an emergent MARAD event?” “We will make up the lost time over the weekend.” Then a call goes out to Diving Supervisor Mander (Butch) Adkins Seaward Mobile Unit 1 in Mayport FL. “We need your team to mobilize to Charleston tomorrow morning in support of MV Cape Douglas and MV Cape Decision turbo activation. Another call to Diving Supervisor Vernon “Dean” Womack Seaward Mobile Unit 4. “Change of plans, we need your team to mobilize to Charleston tomorrow in support of MV Cape Edmont and MV Cape Ducato turbo activations.” Finally, a call to Diving Supervisor William “Bill” Greenwood Seaward Dive Vessel Coastal Pride. “We need you to defer your team to Newport News Terminal in support of SS Cornhusker State and SS Gopher State turbo activations.” Supervisors start making calls to dive team members, reservations for lodging, load out and logistic plans are finalized. By the time Tuesday morning news reported “Pentagon Orders Large Scale Test of U.S. Sealift Fleet”, Seaward Marine Services Norfolk Operations is moving eight dive team members with 30 tons of equipment north to Charleston from Mayport. Another eight-member dive team with 30 tons of equipment are heading south to Charleston from Norfolk and the 59 ft long by 20 ft wide 96-ton Dive Vessel Coastal Pride with their eight-member team is rumbling across the James River heading to Newport News from Norfolk Naval Station. 

https://maritime-executive.com/article/pentagon-orders-large-scale-test-of-u-s-sealift-fleet

https://maritime-executive.com/article/msc-sealift-activation-drill-showed-merchant-marine-s-strength
 
https://seapowermagazine.org/most-sealift-vessels-measured-up-in-32-ship-pressure-test-army-general-says/

Then the real work began. Seaward Marine Services dive teams worked up to 16-hour days to make sure the U.S Sealift fleet and Ready Reserve Force ships underwater hulls, propellers, rudders, sea chest gratings, thrusters, and appendages are cleaned and inspected in two-day availabilities prior to accelerated dock and sea trials. It was a massive undertaking. As it turns out, turbo activations that are designed to test the readiness of Military Sealift Command and Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force is also one heck of an exercise for Seaward Marine Services dive teams. Nothing tests our capabilities, equipment, management, supervisory, and diver personnel commitment and dedication to task better than a good turbo activation. This Pentagon ordered exercise was a 28-ship turbo activation. There are no other dive companies in the world capable of managing and executing accelerated multi tasked high-quality diving operations at several locations simultaneously like Seaward Marine Services. That’s why Seaward Marine Services has become the undisputed Turbo King of diving for civilian managed U.S Military Sealift Command and Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Forces. Bravo Zulu Seaward Divers! Well done indeed. Thank you for the outstanding representation. You are truly the best diving organization in the world!

 


http://www.keyship.com/

 

 

Posted on: 04/Oct/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Thank You To All That Attended HNSA 2019!

Seaward Marine Services would like to thank the Historic Naval Ships Association for having us at their annual conference which was held this year in Manitowoc, WI and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for hosting the event.  We'd like to thank all those who came by our booth this year, and hope that more museum ships will begin to utilize and count on our services the way our current museum ship customers have. Thanks again, and always looking forward to doing what we can to help you preserve naval history.
 

 


Manning the booth in Manitowoc - From Left to Right:  Kevin Morero, West Coast Operations Manager - Cecil C. Achord, Director of IT & Marketing

 








 
 

Posted on: 23/Sep/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Thank You To All That Attended FMMS 2019!

Seaward Marine Services would like to thank the American Society of Naval Engineers for putting on the Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium in San Diego, CA and the San Diego Convention Center for hosting the event.  Most of all, we'd like to thank all those who came by our booth this year.  A big thank you to the port engineers for all the kind words in appreciation of what we do. Looking forward to the next show.
 

Manning the booth in San Diego - From Left to Right:  Cecil C. Achord, Director of IT & Marketing - Kevin Morero, West Coast Operations Manager







 

Posted on: 09/Aug/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Back to the Midway Museum For Cleaning and Inspection

In January 2010, Seaward Marine Services, LLC was contracted by the USS MIDWAY Museum in San Diego, CA to participate in an ongoing multi-year underwater hull preservation program for EX-USS MIDWAY (CV-41).  The latest tasking, as part of this program, was performed from April 8 – July 11, 2019, included a full hull cleaning, and partial hull potential survey.  A Cygnus 1 underwater digital thickness gauge was utilized to measure the hull plate thickness at selected areas of the underwater hull for future planned maintenance. All four stern tubes and shafts were sealed using rope, Splash Zone, and Hycote applications. This was accomplished to seal the interior spaces from water and mud intrusion. Work was accomplished by Seaward’s Dive Boat, Jaqueline II, and crew, with Diving Supervisor Micah Penman.
 


Seaward Marine Services, LLC would again like to thank the USS MIDWAY Museum for the outstanding support provided during this tasking. We trust that we have demonstrated the value and importance of maintaining the underwater hull and appendages by providing documentation reports, photos, and hull potential surveys. Going forward, we believe that by providing hull cleaning, underwater painting, and zinc anode replacement annually, the underwater hull cleaning will be more efficient and help to ensure USS MIDWAY Museum’s hull preservation for years to come.​
 

 


 

Posted on: 23/Jul/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Supports Two Additional Keystone Shipping MARAD USNS Turbo-Activations

Keystone Shipping Company contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of two separate MARAD USNS Turbo-Activations is Charleston, SC. Turbo- Activations are no-notice readiness exercises for the prepositioned ships to get the vessels tested and underway within 96 hours.
 


http://www.keyship.com/

USNS Cape Domingo and USNS Cape Decision were turbo activated July 10-11. Seaward Marine Services mobilized a team homebased in Norfolk Virginia to complete the underwater hull cleanings including propellers, rudders, bow thrusters, stern thrusters, sea chest gratings, transducers, and appendages. 

Posted on: 23/Jul/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Walashek Industrial Uses Seaward for Cleaning and Inspection of USNS Robert E. Perry

Walashek Industrial awarded Seaward Marine Services, LLC a firm fixed Purchase Order to accomplish a cleaning of the propeller, rudder, bow thruster, seachest gratings, transducers, appendages, and provide an underwater video inspection of the USNS Robert E. Perry, in Norfolk, VA. Period of performance was June 3-5, 2019. Work was accomplished by Seaward’s Dive Boat Coastal Pride Crew, with Dive Supervisor Bill Greenwood.
 






 

Posted on: 25/Jun/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Back To The Battleship Wisconsin For Box Blank Restoration

Seaward Marine Services was tasked with the restoration of the Sea Chest Box Attachments("Box Blanks") on the Battleship Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin's box blanks were cleaned, inspected, and 62 were repaired using Hycote 151 underwater epoxy coating application.  Work was performed April 8-22 by Seaward's dive boat Coastal Pride and crew, Dive Supervisor Bill Greenwood, and Project Manager Mike Charles.
 



 

Posted on: 30/Apr/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine Services Supports Keystone Shipping Company MARAD USNS Turbo-Activations

Keystone Shipping Company contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of two separate MARAD USNS Turbo-Activations is Charleston, SC. Turbo- Activations are no-notice readiness exercises for the prepositioned ships to get the vessels tested and underway within 96 hours.
 


http://www.keyship.com/

USNS Cape Ducato turbo activation was March 15-17; USNS Cape Diamond turbo activation was March 22-24, 2019. Seaward Marine Services mobilized a team homebased in Mayport Florida to complete the underwater hull cleanings including propellers, rudders, bow thrusters, stern thrusters, sea chest gratings, transducers, appendages.


 

Posted on: 26/Mar/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Crowley Awards Seaward Multi-Ship Cleaning and Inspection Contract

Crowley Government Services has awarded Seaward Marine Services Norfolk a USNS Multi-Ship contract to provide diving services on USNS Obregon, USNS Pless, and USNS Kocak in Newport News VA. Work to be completed by Seaward Marine Services Dive Vessel Coastal Pride crew includes cleaning and inspecting the propellers, rudders, depth sounder fathometers, and Doppler speed logs.
 


http://www.crowley.com/industries-we-serve/government-and-military/overview/
 
Scope of work also includes opening and closing sea chest and bow thruster grates for internal cleaning and video inspection with the American Bureau of Shipping Surveyor in attendance. Period of performance is February 19 – March 17, 2019.

 

Posted on: 05/Mar/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine Services Featured on Manufacturing Marvels

Seaward was featured on Manufacturing Marvels, a 2 minute promotional video, which aired on the Fox Business Channel, February 11, 2019.   
 


  Click here to view on youtube.com
 
Thanks to all involved in the production of the video.

Posted on: 12/Feb/2019

Cecil C. Achord

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