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for Seaward Marine Services, LLC

Seaward Honors Employees With Exceptional Service

Seaward would like to thank the following members for their service:

Joey Walters, Noel McCully, and Stephen Spruill for thirty years of service.  Thomas Wright, Christina Woodrum, and Janice Arakawa for twenty years of service.  David Samuelson for 16,000 hours dive time working with Seaward.  Stanley Wujek and Michael Charles for 12,000 hours dive time working with Seaward.  William Greenwood Sr for 8,000 hours dive time working with Seaward.  Eric Stephenson for 4,000 hours dive time working with Seaward.  Thank you for your continuing service to our company and to our customers.

Stephen Spruill - 30 Years

Christina Woodrum - 20 Years

Stan Wujek - 12,000 Hours Dive Time

Tom Wright - 20 Years

David Samuelson - 16,000 Hours Dive Time

Mike Charles - 12,000 Hours Dive Time

Eric Stephenson - 4,000 Hours Dive Time

Posted on: 14/Dec/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Rolls Out New Dive Platforms

Seaward Marine Services has completed its third and newest dive platform for 2013.  These dive platforms are fully integrated units utilized by Seaward for all underwater services and can support up to four divers along with supporting equipment;  a 2.5 ton crane, three 10 gpm hydraulic power packs, one SCAMP multi-brush cleaning platform, up-to two 2500 psi waterblasters, one 10,000 psi hydroblaster, underwater cameras with CCTV, and other diver hand held equipment.

All of Seaward's dive platforms have water heaters for cold weather diving and redundant air systems and communication systems for safety.

Seaward San Diego completed the Mobile 1 and 2 dive platforms the summer of 2013 and Norfolk completed the Mobile 4 platform in November. 

East Coast

West Coast

Posted on: 27/Nov/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward tasked for ABS UWILD for General Dynamics/NASSCO Dry Dock

Seaward Marine M/V COASTAL PRIDE divers performed a cleaning and ABS Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) of the dry dock SPEEDE. A UWILD is an alternative to dry-docking inspection and is carried out by an ABS approved diver under the watch of an attending surveyor, it includes all items normally examined if the vessel were dry-docked. Specific frame areas of the hull along with the 12 ballast inlet sea chests and 3 firemain seachests were cleaned and inspected as directed by the ABS inspector. All work was monitored topside through closed circuit video. The inspection was documented on the Divers Hull Inspection Data report (DHID) along with video recording of conditions of the underwater hull. 

SPEEDE is the only ABS and US NAVY certified dry dock on the East Coast and Seaward is proud to be a part of this evolution.

Posted on: 17/Nov/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Promotional Videos on Seaward's Youtube Channel!

In preparation for the 2013 website redesign, Seaward Marine Services, Inc. commissioned Parroco Production Group, Inc. to make a set of promotional videos for us. These videos are now placed throughout the site and hosted by Vimeo, but we have also placed all of those videos on our youtube channel.

Here is the link to our channel: 

Seaward Marine Services, Inc. Official Youtube Channel 

To save you time, we have also embeded our promo video playlist below for your enjoyment: 

​Youtube tips:  

When playing you can click the bottom right icon to the right of the gear to fullscreen the video.

You can also click the gear and then use the quality pulldown to change it to High Def if it didn’t do it automatically when you fullscreened it.

We do have captions available on our youtube videos only(not an option yet on Vimeo), you can press the CC to turn them on or off.  You may choose to translate these captions to your local language in the CC menu, however results may vary since languages that don't share the same word ordering as english may not make sense as very often each caption stops and starts mid-sentence.(The google translation engine may or may not be smart enough to deal with this)

Posted on: 01/Nov/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward divers were called into action in support of the “TURBO” activation of M/V CAPE DOUGLAS

Seaward divers were called into action in support of the “TURBO” activation of M/V CAPE DOUGLAS (T-AKR-0520) by Marine Transport Inc.  “TURBO” activation is a no-notice exercise used to assess a Ready Reserve Force ships overall readiness in support of DOD requirements.  Seaward mobilized a crew from Jacksonville FL to Charleston SC then completed an underwater hull inspection, sea chest cleaning, and hull cleaning using the SCAMP multibrush platform which can clean approximately 450 ft2/min depending on the extent of fouling. Divers completed all work within a 16 hour period.

Posted on: 03/Oct/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward divers and technicians complete underwater work in support of upcoming DPIA on CVN-69

AIRLANT tasked Seaward Marine Services to complete underwater hull cleaning and Lamp Ray hull survey on the USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69) before her scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. This effort consisted of divers cleaning the underwater hull using SCAMP, cleaning of the propellers and running-gear, cleaning of all seachest openings and shaft stave bearing clearance readings with video. The Lamp Ray hull survey is performed by a hull crawling ROV with acoustic tracking systems. The Lamp Ray platform reads plate thickness, coating thickness, and cathodic potential while sending video with laser dimensional gauging. All work was completed within a 15 day period. 

The CVN-69 Maintenance Program Manager passed along the following comment to Project Manager Dean Womack 

“Dean, please convey to your team what a phenomenal job they performed on the hull cleaning of CVN 69. The condition of the hull in the dry dock has received uniform praise from everyone who has inspected it. Your efforts will greatly facilitate the preservation that will be performed during this availability.”

Seaward would also like to thank the divers, supervisors, technicians, and support personnel who helped in the completion of this effort.

Posted on: 02/Oct/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward honors nine for 30+ years of service

Seaward has recently honored nine of its members for 30+ years of service. All of these men have functioned in the capacity as a diver, supervisor, project manager, and/or general manager in the past 30 years. To Tom Meshot (VP of Pacific Operations), Tom Orsag, Glen Tchelistcheff, John Martin, Ken Myers, Claude Blemmer, Stan Zielezinski, Mickey Bisese, and Anthony “Tony” Bird, thank you for your continuing service to our company and to our customers. 

Posted on: 25/Sep/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Diver Official Guinness World Record Holder

Congratulations to Seaward Marine Services Guinness Book of World Records holder Noel McCully for extending his record to 25,000 hours in a diving helmet. Noel first certified the record in 2008 with 20,524 hours in a diving helmet.  Link to article at from 2008

Noel a native to Hawaii graduated from the University of Hawaii then decided to enter the world of diving by graduating from the commercial diving center, now the National University Polytechnic Institute, in 1976. During his 29 year career at Seaward Marine Services Noel has worked on all three coasts as well as Europe, the Caribbean, and regions in the Pacific servicing the US Navy. 


McCully tending to a diver early in his career at Seaward

Noel posing for news interview about Guinness World Record

Posted on: 25/Sep/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward Sends Live Video Feed of Rudder Inspection

During an underwater inspection of USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) Seaward Marine Mob-5 divers reported rudder clearance measurements inconsistent with design specifications. After contacting Navy engineers it was decided that a more extensive (Level III) inspection was needed.

Seaward's IT Director Cecil C. Achord quickly established a live audio/video web feed from the dive station to the NAVSEA program manager in Washington D.C. to observe and direct the underwater inspection and assess the condition of the rudder stock hull seal, rudder, and rudder stock retaining nut for signs of a dropping rudder. 

By quickly establishing the live web feed NAVSEA personnel did not have to mobilize to Norfolk, VA to monitor and accept the inspection results, and allowed NICHOLAS to meet a mission critical departure time. Thanks to all who participated in this combined effort.

Article on 

Posted on: 15/Sep/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Seaward divers start phase two of Battleship Wisconsin repair services contract

Phase two of the underwater repair services contract got underway this week on the Battleship WISCONSIN. Divers will continue with preservation of the sea-chest blank attachments in accordance with NAVSEA requirements as planned by the city of Norfolk and Seaward Marine Services. Completion of preservation repairs is scheduled to conclude by mid-August.

Posted on: 17/Jul/2013

Cecil C. Achord

Contact Us

East Coast
Norfolk, VA

General Manager:
Tom Wright
(757) 853-7683

West Coast
San Diego, CA

Operations Manager:
Kevin Morero
(619) 474-8163

Send Us An E-mail
Hawaii and Western Pacific
Kapolei, HI(Oahu)

General Manager: 
Glen Tchelistcheff
(808) 682-8550

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