The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) dive locker completed deep water mooring inspections at Bangor, Washington, Aug. 8.
A team of four Navy Seabee divers inspected deep water moorings on port security barriers (PSBs) at Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Magazine, Indian Island. A small, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was employed to inspect more than 60 mooring legs at depths exceeding 300 feet.
“Port security barriers are an integral part of securing fleet assets in ports here and around the world,” said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark. K. Edelson.
“Fleet mooring inspections are periodically conducted to certify load capacity and to determine how well the moorings are holding up in harsh marine environments,” Edelson continued. “The inspections performed by the EXWC dive locker will ensure that the barriers are properly anchored, providing the highest level of security for ships in port, and allow for timely repairs, if required.”
The team was assisted by Naval Base Kitsap’s Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) dive locker, which supplied small boat support for the operation. The IMF dive locker also joined with EXWC underwater construction technicians in piloting the ROV, which provided real-time video imagery to engineers evaluating the condition of the mooring legs.
Press Release, August 15, 2014