In May 2020, Appledore Marine Engineering, LLC (AME) was awarded a task order from US Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Miami to complete inspections of Major Aids to Navigation in various locations throughout Districts 7 and 8. The purpose of these inspections was to detect and report conditions requiring maintenance or repair before such conditions became safety, structural or major maintenance problems for servicing Coast Guard personnel.
A team of AME engineer-divers and authorized climbers deployed to over 32 individual sites to examine each ATON structure of varying types, including multi-pile platform, steel skeleton tower, lighthouses, monopile, JRIRS, spindle, and steel tower mounted to a warehouse, to perform inspection services, minor maintenance, and repairs. The field team also completed diving underwater inspections of ATONS that are based in water to investigate the condition of the underwater structure.
Subsequent to all field work, the same field team engineers developed written reports to detail their findings, and included recommendations for repairs, and preliminary cost estimates for budgetary purposes.