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Seaward Returns to Arthur Kill Power Station for 2021 Underwater Cleaning, Inspection, and Repairs

Seaward Marine Services mobilized a seven-person dive team and support equipment from Norfolk, VA on January 31, 2021 to provide diving services at Arthur Kill Power Station in Staten Island, NY in support of underwater cleaning, inspection, and repair items identified in the intake bays and discharge tunnel from previous 2017 and 2020 underwater inspections. Period of performance was February 3-28, 2021. Seaward Mobile Diving Unit 2 received the task.
 


Arthur Kill Power Station, Staten Island NY

After a standby day on February 1 due to a local heavy snow storm, work commenced February 2 with equipment setup and lock out/tag out of Unit 30. Unit 20 remained operational during diving operations in Unit 30. Underwater cleaning and de-mucking of Unit 30 circulating bays 31 and 32 and traveling screen bays 31, 32, 33, and 34 was accomplished February 3-8, 2021. All mud, silt, trash, and marine growth was pumped from the intake structure floor to a settling tank where solids were separated from the de-mucking discharge stream for offsite disposal. Clean sea water from the discharge stream was returned to the Arthur Kill Waterway.

February 9, 2021 was a setup day for work in the discharge tunnel. Lock out/tag out was accomplished on Unit 20 to allow satisfactory conditions for diving operations in the discharge tunnel. Diving on the discharge side commenced on February 10, 2021. The outage timeline only allotted 10 days of diving operations to accomplish a large scope of work in the discharge tunnel. Seaward responded by mobilizing a second seven-person dive team, Seaward Mobile Diving Unit 4, to accelerate completion of the project scope by working two twelve-hour shifts. Discharge tunnel walls and floor were cleaned and de-mucked. All debris and rubble identified in previous inspection reports were removed and placed in a dumpster for offsite disposal. Repair areas were surveyed and marked for identification. Concrete repairs inside the tunnel were scheduled for October 2021.

Diving operations were secured in the discharge tunnel on Friday February 19, 2021. Seaward dive team removed equipment from the discharge tunnel and relocated to Unit 20 February 20-21. Lock out/tag out of Unit 20 was completed on February 22 and cleaning of Unit commenced in the afternoon. Underwater cleaning and de-mucking of Unit 20 circulating bays 21 and 22 and traveling screen bays 21, 22, 23, and 24 was accomplished February 22-27, 2021. All mud, silt, trash, and marine growth was pumped from the intake structure floor to a settling tank where solids were separated from the de-mucking discharge stream for offsite disposal. Treated sea water from the discharge stream was returned to the Arthur Kill Waterway.
 
Seaward Marine Services Mobile 2
SCAMP Machine Deployed for Tunnel Cleaning

Diving operations secured at close of business February 27, 2021. Lock out/Tag out was cleared and equipment was packed up for transit February 28, 2021. Demobilization to Norfolk was March 1, 2021. Seaward Marine Services logged 1,564 hours of accident-free diving through the duration of the evolution. Support from the AKPS Maintenance Manager and Staff was outstanding.
 
Seaward Around the Clock Dive Ops
Diver Dress and Pre Dive Checks

Posted on: 01/Jun/2021

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine, MHI Ship Repair, Accurate Marine, Team To Layup USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat For Crowley

Crowley Government Services, Inc. awarded Seaward Marine Services, LLC Norfolk a firm fixed contract for removal of all skin valves including installation of cofferdams to support the removal of the thirty overboard hull penetration openings for the installation of steel blanks. The contract also required conducting an underwater hull inspection and cleaning of the underwater hull and appendages. Work was completed by Seawards Diving Vessel Coastal Pride at Lamberts Point Docks during the January 29, through March 11, 2021 availability.
 


 
Seaward Marine Services, LLC provided diving services in support of cleaning and inspection of  the underwater hull, opening of all sea chest gratings for cleaning and video inspection, re-installation of sea chest gratings, opening of bow thruster gratings for cleaning and video inspection of the bow thruster motor, housing, impeller, and tunnel, re-installation of bow thruster grating, cleaning and video inspection of the propellers, rudders, depth sounding fathometer, and doppler speed log. Seaward Marine Services designed, fabricated, and installed external stern tube seals for the port and starboard propeller shafts to remain in place during layup and provided diving services for the installation and monitoring of cofferdams sealing all external shell hull penetration openings in support of internal blanking of all skin valves and ultrasonic testing of each hull penetration inside the vessel performed by Marine Hydraulics International. Dewatering and pumping of all excess water and holding tank was accomplished by Accurate Marine Environmental. Sampling of ballast water and random paint samples was accomplished by Universal Laboratories at the direction of the Port Engineer. All work was accomplished safely, within the project budget, and timeline. Coastal Pride Dive Team accumulated 1,980 hours of safe dive ops in support of this effort.
 

Posted on: 12/Apr/2021

Cecil C. Achord

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.


 

Posted on: 02/Nov/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Mid Atlantic Engineering Technical Services Awards USNS Joshua Humphreys Diving To Seaward Norfolk

Mid Atlantic Engineering Technical Services (MAETS) contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of USNS Joshua Humphreys at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Work was completed September 21-25, 2020 on budget and under the allotted timeline.

 


USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188) Refueling USS Boxer
  
Seaward Marine Services utilized Mobile 3 and Mobile 4 diving units in Norfolk Virginia to complete the underwater work which included cleaning and video inspection of the underwater hull, propellers, rudders, sea chest gratings, transducers, and appendages. The scope of work also included removal of the sea chest gratings allowing diver access the sea chest interiors for video inspection.

 

Posted on: 26/Oct/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Norfolk Wins Competitive Bids For NOAA Vessels Okeanos Explorer and Ronald H. Brown

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded Seaward Marine Services two separate firm fixed Purchase Orders through competitive bid process to provide diving services in support of NOAA Vessels Okeanos Explorer and Ronald H. Brown.

 

            

Left to Right:  NOAA Vessel Okeanos Explorer and NOAA Vessel Ronald H. Brown

Seaward Marine Services Dive Vessel Coastal Pride provided support to complete cleaning of Okeanos Explorer sonar unit, transducers, and sensors, which were cleaned by hand to assure no damage was done to the sensitive equipment. The same scope of work was completed on Ronald H. Brown with the addition of cleaning and inspection of the running gear. Okeanos Explorer work was accomplished July 21st and Ronald H. Brown was completed September 14th and 18th, 2020 at the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic, Norfolk Virginia.
 

Posted on: 22/Oct/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Norfolk Wins Competitive Bid For MSC Vessel Robert E. Peary

Walashek Industrial & Marine Inc. awarded Seaward Marine Services a firm fixed Purchase Order through competitive bid process to provide diving services in support of USNS Robert E. Peary at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
 


USNS Robert E. Peary

https://walashek.com/about-us/
 
Seaward Marine Services Mobile Diving Unit 2 was mobilized to complete the underwater work which included cleaning of the propeller, rudder, sea chests, bow thruster, appendages, and video inspection of the underwater hull and, running gear, and components. Work was completed September 14-18 on time and within the estimated budget.

 

Seaward Marine Services Mobile 2
 

 

Posted on: 19/Oct/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Supports Two Pacific Gulf Marine MARAD USNS Turbo-Activations

Pacific Gulf Marine http://www.pac-gulf.com/ contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of two separate MARAD USNS Turbo-Activations in Newport News Virginia.
 


SS Gopher State

Ready Reserve Ships SS Gopher State and SS Cornhusker State were turbo activated by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) August 26, 2020. Seaward Marine Services mobilized Dive Vessel Coastal Pride to complete the underwater hull cleanings of SS Gopher State Sept 3-5 and Cornhusker State September 8-10. Scope of work included multi-brush (SCAMP) cleaning of the vessel's sides, sea chest gratings, propellers, rudders, and appendages. 
 



Seaward Dive Vessel Coastal Pride

Posted on: 14/Oct/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Supports Two 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/
 
Ready Reserve Ships MV Cape Domingo and MV Cape Decision were turbo activated by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) August 28, 2020. Seaward Marine Services mobilized a team homebased in Norfolk Virginia to complete the full underwater hull cleaning of MV Cape Decision September 1-3 and partial cleaning of Cape Domingo including propellers, rudders, bow thrusters, stern thrusters, sea chest gratings, transducers, and appendages September 4-5. 
 

Posted on: 05/Oct/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Mobile 3 Completes a One Month Mobilization in Support of Multiple Customers

Seaward Marine Services Mobile 3 has completed a one month mobilization in support of Tote Services, SubCom, General Dynamics Electric Boat, U.S. Navy, and Woods Hole Group.

TOTE Services http://www.toteservices.com/ contracted Seaward, through a competitive bid process, to provide diving services in support of SS DENEBOLA Turbo Activation.
 


SS Denebola at Terminal Berth Baltimore, MD

Seaward Marine Services Mobile 3 dive team was mobilized from Norfolk to Baltimore in support of the no-notice exercise - called a "Turbo Activation" – which gives the fleet's civilian management contractors and crews five days to make their ships ready to sail. The Scope of Work included cleaning and inspection of the two 5-bladed 23-foot diameter propellers, rudders, auxiliary sea chest suctions, main circulating pump suctions, main scoop injection inlets, and inspection of the underwater hull. Three cofferdams were installed over the main circulating pump suction inlets in support of inside repairs.
Work was completed August 6-13, 2020, on time and within budget estimates.
 
In conjunction with supporting the SS Denebola turbo-activation, Seaward Mobile 3 completed a full cleaning of the cable laying support ship Global Sentinel for SUBCOM, Inc https://www.subcom.com/
 

Cable Ship Global Sentinel

Global Sentinel scope of work included cleaning the LOA 145M, Beam 22M underwater hull and appendages: two tunnel thrusters forward, two Azimuth thrusters aft along and a fixed pitch center line propeller with rudder.  The vessel was berthed at. Work was completed August 12, 14, and 15 at the vessel SUBCOM facility berth in Baltimore, MD.
 
After completion of work on SS Denebola and Cable Ship Global Sentinel, Seaward Mobile 3 made the transit to Groton CT to support an underwater hull cleaning and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Underwater Inspection In-Lieu of Dry-docking (UWILD) for General Dynamics Electric Boat on the Dry Cargo Deck Barge Sea Shuttle with the ABS Surveyor in attendance.
 

Electric Boat Dry Cargo Deck Barge Sea Shuttle

Sea Shuttle scope of work included cleaning of the barge hull, sea chest gratings, sea chest interiors, and video inspection with as directed by the ABS surveyor in attendance. Work was completed on schedule August 20-21 and below the budget estimate.
 
Mobile 3 shifted over to Naval Submarine Base New London for a hull cleaning in support of Seaward Marine Services U.S. Navy Worldwide Underwater Hull Cleaning Contract.
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/navsubbase_new_london.html
 

Seaward Mobile 3 at Naval Station Norfolk, VA


Prior to a long-awaited return to their homes and families in Norfolk, VA, Seaward Mobile 3 completed a cleaning and inspection of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Groton Thames River Tide and Current Meter Station for Woods Hole Group.
https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ports/ports.html?id=nl0101
http://woodsholegroup.com/pages/about-us.html
 
The 35-day mobilization starting in Norfolk with two stops in Baltimore, two stops in Groton, and return to Norfolk covered 1,325 miles and provided high quality diving services to four valued Seaward commercial customers and the U.S. Navy.
 
Very well done Seaward Mobile 3!
 

Posted on: 30/Sep/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine Services Completes a First on the First

On June 1st 2020, Seaward Mob 2 and the LampRay crew mobilized to the Submarine Force Museum in Groton CT to perform a Seaward first; a LampRay hull survey on a US Navy submarine, the Nautilus.  The Lampray crew modified and adapted the proven surface ship hull survey system to perform a comprehensive hull survey on the Historic submarine. The Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world’s first nuclear powered submarine and served for the US Navy until 1980. Seaward has been providing hull cleanings and inspections for many years, however this year was a first. Seaward Lampray was able to reconfigure its acoustic tracking system for deployment on the submarine. A comprehensive hull survey was then completed involving metal thickness, coating thickness and electro potential hull voltage, that will be presented to the vessel engineers who can then more efficiently plan their upcoming drydocking. Mob 2, in addition to a full cleaning, performed a diver handheld UT thickness inspection on areas the ROV could not effectively scan. All tasks were completed safely and on schedule and allowed the crews to transit back home to Virginia.
 



 
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Posted on: 29/Jun/2020

Cecil C. Achord

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