SENESCO Provides Major Facelift for NOAA
The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) began its a major overhaul on the Albatross IV at the company's Quonset Point headquarters in December 2002. Launched in 1962, the Albatross IV is the second oldest in a fleet of 15 research vessels used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The ship, based in Woods Hole. Mass., normally conducts fisheries and oceanographic studies in the Gulf of Maine. Georges Bank, and the continental shelf/slope from Southern New England to Cape Hatteras, N.C. It also serves in NOAA's "Teacher At Sea" program, allowing schoolteachers on board to see science come to life and then to bring that knowledge back to their classrooms. The ship's first and only other repair project of this magnitude occurred in 1988. In 2001, NOAA decided that it was time for another significant repair period, and. as is required of most government agencies, they put the job out to bid in the form of a Request For Proposal (RFP). SENESCO completely refitted and cleaned nearly every pipe in the Albatross' HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). SENESCO installed brand new refrigerators for ship stores and scientific samples, a new boiler, fuel tanks, converted fuel tanks to ballast tanks, installed a new sewage treatment system and replaced navigational equipment on the bridge. The ship was also stripped to bare metal and repainted - its hull painting completed by EDL Painters of Exeter, R.I. Also involved was The Lightship Group, a Marine and Industrial support organization located in close proximity to SENESCO. which completed a large portion of the mechanical and outfit overhaul.