Repairs underway on Battleship’s hull

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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.

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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.