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Maintaining the Battleship Wisconsin

Posted November 10, 2016
Written by Cecil C. Achord
Seaward Marine Services, Inc. has been awarded a firm-fixed-price maintenance contract for the Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64).  This contract was competitively procured through bid services with the city of Norfolk. The contract period begins in 2016 with options to renew for four additional one-year periods, ending performance in 2021.

The scope of work will include an annual inspection of all sea-chest blanks and stern tubes, and findings will be reported with supporting photographic evidence and recommendations for hull cleaning. When cleaning is required to thoroughly inspect the hull, it will be executed in accordance with NAVSEA S9086-CQ-STM-10/Chapter 081 utilizing the SCAMP platform. A bi-annual survey and cleaning of the impressed current (ICCP) system shall be performed in accordance with NAVSEA S90j86-CQ-STM-10/Chapter 19. Recommendations for repairs will be submitted to the city of Norfolk. Repairs approved by the city may include welding and/or underwater painting using Hycote, which is the only product in the world that has US Navy's approval for application underwater onto US Navy vessels.

This ongoing service is part of the city’s restoration plan to defer a costly dry-docking of this historic museum ship. We are proud to be a part of the effort to preserve this icon of our nation’s naval might, and we look forward to continuing our great working relationship with the city of Norfolk.

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