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Seaward Marine Services The “Big Wisky”

Posted January 28, 2020
Written by Cecil C. Achord
The city of Norfolk, National Maritime Center, Nauticus, contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of ongoing Battleship Wisconsin Underwater Ship Husbandry multi-year maintenance contract.  This year Seaward performed multiple tasks including hull cleaning to facilitate underwater painting and a comprehensive underwater hull condition survey. The dive vessel Coastal Pride provided divers the platform to complete the hull cleaning. Hull cleaning was completed to prepare the hull for an extensive ROV based condition assessment. The “Lamp ray” ROV is a hull crawling robot that measures metal and coating thickness.

As part of an ongoing long-term hull preservation plan, the Oct 2019 the multi week project was completed safely and as scheduled. Results from this survey will be compared to the previous baseline survey completed in 2012 and subsequent periodic surveys will provide trending data on the ship hull condition for years to come. 


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