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FALL 2017

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18 | New Research Vessel to take Students and Teacher to Sea The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been the launch point of many scientific expeditions over the past few decades. One of the FIO's main functions is leasing their research vessels to scientists, who are associated with Florida colleges, for affordable rates that are far less than ships on the commercial market. The R/V Weatherbird and R/V Bellows have been in service with FIO since the early 1980s and have provided a floating platform for numerous explorations. While the R/V Weatherbird is still in good shape and chugging along, the R/V Bellows had been in service for nearly 50 years and was in desperate need of replacement. That goal was accomplished with the new $6 million R/V W.T. Hogarth, named for Dr. Bill Hogarth, who has had a distinguished 50-year career in the marine field. Hogarth was appointed as NOAA's director of the National Marine Fisheries Service by President George W. Bush, and served as chair of the International Whaling Commission, chair of the International Association of Atlantic Tuna Commission, dean of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, USFSP interim regional chancellor, and was director of FIO from 2011–2016. "It's quite an honor to have the vessel named after me," Hogarth said, "and I appreciate the efforts of everyone, especially Senators Jack Latvala and Kathleen Peters who were instrumental in receiving the funding for the ship. I guess it's an even greater honor to have it named for me while I'm still alive!" Construction on the new state-of-the-art vessel was completed in May 2017. She will be ready for work by January 2018, following sea trials. The 78- ft. ship with a 26-ft. beam is both longer and wider than the Bellows and has more working deck space, separate wet and dry labs, and more comfortable accommodations. The Hogarth has berths for 10 scientists and a crew of four. She will assume her role as "Florida's floating lab," carrying students and researchers to sea. She is also equipped with a satellite Internet link, fisheries eco-sounders, dual-head swath bathymetry (for bottom-mapping) and a dynamic positioning system. The launch ceremony and christening, complete with the traditional smashing of the champagne bottle across the bow, was held on May 23, 2017, at Duckworth Steel Boats in Tarpon Springs. Dignitaries from around the state and nation came to congratulate Dr. Hogarth on his namesake vessel and see the launch of the state-of-the-art ship. " The great thing about having the vessel built here in our backyard was to meet the Duckworth family and to work with them on the construction because they are top-notch boat builders. We were lucky to have them on the project," Hogarth said. " The R/V W.T. Hogarth will be a welcomed addition to FIO's fleet that The 78-ft. research vessel being launched in May 2017.

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