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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.
Posted on: 05/Oct/2020Cecil C. Achord
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.
Posted on: 30/Sep/2020Cecil C. Achord
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.
Posted on: 29/Jun/2020Cecil C. Achord
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.
Posted on: 17/Jun/2020Cecil C. Achord
Posted on: 09/Jun/2020Cecil C. Achord
The city of Norfolk, National Maritime Center, Nauticus, https://nauticus.org/ 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. http://www.seaward-marine.com/lamp-ray
Posted on: 28/Jan/2020Cecil C. Achord
U.S. Marine Management Inc http://www.maersklinelimited.com/services/u-s-marine-management-inc-usmmi/ contracted Seaward Marine Services to provide diving services in support of USNS Mendonca short fuse activation.
Posted on: 04/Nov/2019Cecil C. Achord
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.
Posted on: 25/Oct/2019Cecil C. Achord
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/2019Cecil C. Achord
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.
Posted on: 23/Sep/2019Cecil C. Achord