In-water MCA Hull Survey on Historic Ship

Commercial & Specialised Diving’s services were called upon last month to carry out a Maritime and Coastguard Agency in-water hull and running gear survey on the SS Shieldhall. The historic ship is believed to be the largest working steam ship in Northern Europe – weighing in at an impressive 1,792 tons, a 13 ½ ft draught and measuring 268 ft from bow to stern.

CSD provided a 5-man dive team with maritime expertise, armed with video cameras to carry out the underwater survey in open water off the Dorset coast.

Our experienced divers successfully completed a sizable hull and running gear inspection. The inspection was fully video-recorded and Commercial and Specialised Diving were pleased to report that the SS Shieldhall, a member of the National Historic Fleet, had passed with flying colours.

Captain Peter Roberts, MNI, Marine Superintendent. SS “Shieldhall” commented:

‘I would like to say a big thank-you to your company and the crew who came out to “Shieldhall” when  anchored in Studland Bay and did such an efficient job. The underwater survey was carried in a timely manner to the complete satisfaction of ourselves and, most importantly, to the satisfaction of the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. We will be calling on your services again in 2 years’ time!

The ship is owned and operated entirely by voluntary effort.

SS Shieldhall

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SS Shieldhall
SS Shieldhall