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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.
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 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

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.

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.
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

Seaward Marine Services Goes Back to School

For two weeks starting May18th 2020, Seaward Mob 2 and the Lampray crew returned to the Maine Maritime academy. Seaward has been performing ABS UWILD and Lampray hull surveys for the TS State of Maine since 2000. This was the fourth time assisting them in keeping the training ship clean, inspected, and certified for the academy students’ cruises. Mob 2 performed a full hull cleaning as well as replaced numerous zincs, inspected sea chests, removed lines fouling the propeller. Under supervision of the local ABS surveyor and Coast Guard representatives, they completed all the items necessary to satisfy ABS (UWILD) as well as the Coast Guard requirements. The Lampray Crew performed their fourth hull survey on the vessel as well as completing ultrasonic thickness inspections of the sea chests. All tasked were completed safely and on schedule.


Maine Maritime Academy
American Bureau of Shipping
Seaward Lampray

Posted on: 17/Jun/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Teams with Fairlead Boatworks to Assure Readiness of USNS Herschel Williams

In May 2020 Fairlead Boatworks awarded a firm fixed Purchase Order to Seaward Marine Services, LLC to perform an American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Underwater Inspection In-Lieu of Dry Docking (UWILD) on the USNS Herschel “Woody” Williams ESB-4 in Norfolk, VA. This requires the opening and internal inspection of all hinged sea chest gratings, which ensures the quality of internal components of each appendage. Conducting this inspection enables the USNS Herschel “Woody” Williams to remain within the required guidelines as per ABS (UWILD) and U.S. Coast Guard guidelines preventing the need for drydocking to obtain the required documentation. 

In conjunction with the Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) there was also a Visual Technical inspection (VTI) performed on the propellers. This inspection serves as a means of getting exact locations of any damage or defects on the edges and surfaces of all blades along with verifying proper hub data and potential damage or defects to it as well. 

Each of these inspections require the use of highly skilled and trained divers. Seaward Marine Services, LLC’s Norfolk, VA based dive crew Mobile 2 took on the task and performed with flawless results well within the given timeline and budget. 

Fairlead Boat Works
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Underwater Inspection In-Lieu of Dry Docking (UWILD)
Visual Technical inspection (VTI)

Posted on: 09/Jun/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine Services The “Big Wisky”

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. 


Posted on: 28/Jan/2020

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine Services Supports U.S. Marine Management Inc. USNS Mendonca - Short Fuse Activation

U.S. Marine Management Inc contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of USNS Mendonca short fuse activation. 

This one-day notice event required Seaward Mobile-4 Dive Team to clean propellers, rudders, sea chest gratings, and inspect the underwater hull, bow thruster, and appendages in a 16-hour availability for immediate underway preparations. The entire scope of work was completed on time on within the budget. 

Posted on: 04/Nov/2019

Cecil C. Achord

Mid Atlantic Engineering Technical Services Awards USNS Apache Diving To Seaward Norfolk

Mid Atlantic Engineering Technical Services (MAETS) contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of USNS Apache T-ATF 172 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story VA. Work was completed September 16-17, 2019 on budget and under the allotted timeline.

Due to the lack of pier space Seaward Marine Services mobilized Dive Vessel Coastal Pride in Norfolk Virginia to complete the underwater work which including cleaning and inspection of propellers, rudders, bow thrusters, sea chest gratings, transducers, and appendages. The scope of work also included conducting Visual Technical Inspections (VTI) on port and starboard propellers in accordance with Naval Ships Technical Manual (NSTM) Chapter 245, Propellers and Propulsors. NSTM CH 245 requires detailed technical propeller inspections are to be done by NAVSEA trained and certified propeller inspectors. Seaward Marine Services Norfolk currently has 18 qualified propeller inspector divers to augment their mobile dive teams.


Posted on: 25/Oct/2019

Cecil C. Achord

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.

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!



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

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