R/V W.T. Hogarth Visits Fort Lauderdale January 31, 2018
The eight founding members of the Marine Research Hub of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Florida International University (FIU), the University of Miami (UM), The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB), the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (the Alliance), the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), were proud to welcome to South Florida the R/V W.T. Hogarth, the newest research vessel in a fleet managed by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO).
Named after FIO’s former director, William Hogarth, the 78-foot vessel has room for a crew of four and is known as “Florida’s floating lab”, carrying students and researchers to sea. The Hogarth is equipped with berths for 10 scientists, wet and dry labs on board, a Satellite Internet Link, Fisheries Eco-Sounders, Dual Head Swath Bathymetry (for bottom-mapping), and a Dynamic Positioning System.
Hundreds of students from area marine magnet schools and NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography were given an opportunity to tour the vessel throughout the day, and the Marine Research Hub was delighted to host dozens of local leaders at a reception sponsored by RCI Marine Group at the Bahia Mar Captain’s Quarters to share the progress of the Marine Research Hub of South Florida and promote the importance of marine research.