WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Battleship North Carolina officially started its hull repairs on the starboard bow today.
Today the repair crew maneuvered a solid metal cofferdam onto the hull of the battleship. The cofferdam moves water away so the crew can safely work above water on the ship's aging hull.
Working in sections, this will be the first of five areas of the hull to be replaced.
"We've pursued this course, and it's a much less expensive endeavor to omit dredging and the effects of a permament cofferdam or a partial cofferdam," project designer Joseph Lombardi said.
The repairs to the ship should only take around five months. The ship will stay open during the repair process.