Seawater Intake Lines – Modification & Cleaning
May , 2011
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc was the prime contractor / project manager responsible for the modification and cleaning of the SeaLife Center’s intake lines. The first phase of the project was to install a pig launcher system; tasks included dewatering the Center’s wet well, installing an isolation valve between the well’s chambers, and saw cutting new access holes in the pump room floor.
The second phase of the project consisted of the dive crew cutting a 24 inch HDPE pipe and lifting it out of the soft bottom material to allow for an ROV inspection of the intake pipe. The inspection was short lived as the pipe was impassable due to marine growth and sediment. In order to clean the lines, several cleaning pigs were launched to remove the blockage. A new intake screen and support structure was installed along with a remotely operated pig catcher.
Dive crews worked off of a barge with a 150-ton crane and four point mooring system that was strategically anchored over the buried intake support functions. A deep gas dive system was utilized to accommodate dive operations in up to 260′ of seawater. The final quality control inspection was performed by an ROV flying over 200′ up the pipe to inspect for marine growth and debris.