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Seaward Completes Cleaning and ABS In-Water Survey of USNS Lewis B. Puller

Seaward Marine Services, LLC was awarded a firm fixed Purchase Order by Walashek Industries, to perform an underwater hull cleaning and ABS Underwater Inspection In Lieu of Drydocking on the Military Sealift Command vessel, USNS Lewis B. Puller (T ESB-3)

The extensive scope of work included cleaning of the underwater hull with Seaward's Submersible Cleaning and Maintenance Platform (SCAMP), cleaning of the propellers, rudders, bilge keels, bow thruster, appendages, as well as the opening of all sea chest grates for cleaning and video inspection with an ABS Surveyor in attendance. All work was completed on schedule and within the budget estimates by the Seaward Marine Services Norfolk, VA Mobile 4 Dive Team.

Posted on: 17/Jul/2017

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Mobile 3 Completes Waterborne Underwater ICCP Anode Change Out On Battleship Wisconsin

Seaward's Norfolk Mobile Diving Unit 3 has successfully completed ICCP system repairs on the Battleship Wisconsin under the Underwater Maintenance and Repair Contract with the City of Norfolk. The scope of work included repairs to the fastener fairings, dielectric shielding, and waterborne replacement of two 8 ft. anodes and the applicable the electrical connections inside the ship.


Project dive team members were Pete Carlson, Tara Carter, Mike Hummel, Chris Stapleton, Richard Conners, and Taylor Peterson.  Inside support team members were Maxwell Spruill, Preston Edwards, and Jake Gladfelter.  The job was successfully completed within the budget estimate provided to the City of Norfolk, under the supervision of Frank Sedlack (Diving Supervisor) and Vernon “Dean” Womack (Project Manager). Congratulations on another job well done by Seaward Mobile 3.


Posted on: 06/Jun/2017

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Returns to Arthur Kill Power Station

Seaward Marine Services, LLC Norfolk, VA has been awarded a firm fixed price Purchase Order by NRG Energy to perform underwater inspections for Arthur Kill Power Station Staten Island NY. The scope of work includes underwater inspection and documentation of the discharge tunnel and four 54 inch diameter outlet pipes, discharge flume, Unit 2 and 3 Circulating Bays and Screen House Returns. Work is scheduled to begin April 17, 2017 and will be accomplished by SMS Mobile 4 from Norfolk, VA. 

The dive team members are Mike Waters, Joel Prendergast, Timothy “Matt” Russell, Steve Saunders, Alex Clark, and Bryan Brown. Vernon “Dean” Womack is the diving supervisor. Project Manager is David Spruill. Seaward successfully completed a similar project at Arthur Kill Power Station in 2007. 


Posted on: 19/Apr/2017

Cecil C. Achord

Maintaining the Battleship Wisconsin

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.

Posted on: 10/Nov/2016

Cecil C. Achord

Back to the Wisconsin

Seaward Marine Services, Inc. has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to perform waterline repairs on the Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64). The scope of work includes the application of Hycote 151, which is the only product in the world that has US Navy approval for application underwater to US Navy vessels.  Approximately 1800 linear feet of waterline is tasked to be coated. Of this area 700 linear feet is exposed bare metal with corrosion and pitting extending two feet above and two feet below the waterline.  This brings the total job scope to approximately 7,200 square feet of Hycote to be applied. The contract was won through a competitive process invitation for bids with the City of Norfolk.  Production began October 11 and is expected to continue through November of 2016.  Seaward's Dive boat, the Coastal Pride, with its crew supervised by Mickey Bisese and Mobile Dive Team IV, supervised by Michael Charles will work together under the project management of Dean Womack to bring the project to a successful conclusion. 

Seaward was previously tasked in 2013 for Hull Cleaning and Lamp Ray ROV® inspection of the Wisconsin, and was featured on the April 2013 edition of Norfolk News Now for that work.

Posted on: 19/Oct/2016

Cecil C. Achord

Training Ship Empire State Cleaning and Lamp Ray®

Seaward Marine Services, Inc. has been awarded a firm fixed contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) to perform an underwater hull cleaning and Lamp Ray® survey for the Training Ship Empire State. Seaward's Lamp Ray® is a state of the art submersible Remote Operated Underwater Survey Vehicle capable of taking hull plate thickness, coating thickness, and cathodic potential readings simultaneously with a very high degree of accuracy. T/S Empire State is located at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College; she is the oldest power vessel to be used by the school and is intended to be in service until 2019(wikipedia).  To meet this commitment to MARAD, Seaward has dispatched Mobile Diving Unit 4 and Lamp Ray Survey Team out of Norfolk, VA.  

Posted on: 23/Aug/2016

Cecil C. Achord

Hummel Family Homecoming

Seaward Marine Services, Inc. would like to welcome home one of our own Mrs. MM1 Carolina Hummel, wife of Seaward Mobile 3 East Coast diver Mike Hummel from a long seven-month deployment with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. We thank you for your service to our country and your role in Operation Inherent Resolve.  May you now enjoy your family, friends, and those who supported you during your deployment. We appreciate the sacrifice that you and your family had to bear while you were away.

Posted on: 04/May/2016

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Marine Services, Inc. Awarded 5 Year Underwater Hull Cleaning Contract With NAVSEA OOC

The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Seaward Marine Services, Inc. a $53 million firm-fixed-price, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for waterborne hull cleaning.  The contract includes options which would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $257 million.  Work on this contract will be performed in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the European, African, and Arabian Peninsula waters.  

Cecil Achord, President of Seaward Marine Services, Inc. stated “Seaward is very proud that we have been awarded this 5 Year Sole Source Underwater Hull Cleaning Contract.  This award was made possible by the excellent work that everyone at Seaward has been doing over the years.  Safety First and Quality and Performance have put us ahead of the rest and I am confident we will not falter in continuing that effort for our government. 

Link to official press release:  U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts Press Operations Release No. CR-004-16, January 7, 2016



Posted on: 07/Jan/2016

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Divers Complete TURBO activation cleaning for Keystone Shipping

Keystone Shipping Services, Inc. Called on Seaward Marine Services to support a “TURBO” activation of M/V CAPE RACE.  Seaward Divers attached to the Dive Motor Vessel Coastal Pride cleaned the underwater hull, propeller, rudder, sea chest gratings, and appendages in two shifts around the clock from 0600 December 16 through 0600 December 17 to complete all diving within the 24-hr time frame.

Turbo Activations consist of four separate no-notice exercises during the year that measured the activation time and personnel and materiel readiness of selected Ready Reserve Force (RRF) vessels by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MSC).  DOD conducts these no-notice exercises, called "Turbo-Activations," annually to assess RRF activation readiness. The USTRANSCOM, via MSC, randomly selects and orders the activation of a number of RRF ships on an annual basis to test their capability to be ready-for-sea (i.e., mission-capable) within their assigned readiness time frames of 4, 5, 10, or 20 days.

Seaward Marine Services, Inc takes great pride in being the “go to” diving contractor for Keystone and many other MARAD and MSC Operators when short fused high impact turbo activation diving jobs are required.


Posted on: 21/Dec/2015

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Divers Complete Second Hull Cleaning on USNS STEPHEN W. PLESS for Keystone Services

Prior to commencing their latest deployment, the Maj. Stephen W. Pless was cleaned and inspected by Seaward Marine Services, Inc., DMV Coastal Pride. What started out as an inspection and propeller and sea chest cleaning quickly turned into a full underwater hull cleaning once the initial hull inspection was completed.  The dive crew was able to transition seamlessly to accommodate the request, since the Coastal Pride is a floating dive station and carries all required ships husbandry and hull cleaning equipment including two Submersible Cleaning and Maintenance Platforms (SCAMP) multi-brush machines, which are piloted by qualified divers. The SCAMP has the ability to clean a five foot section of the underwater hull with each pass. The USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless will be able to make and maintain all desired speeds as they deploy. 

Pre and Post Condition of Hull

Pre and Post Condition of Sea Chests

Pre and Post Condition of Propeller


Posted on: 24/Nov/2015

Cecil C. Achord

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