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Florida Tech–Sponsored Research Vessel Visits Port Canaveral

Florida Institute of Technology President Dwayne McCay and First Lady Mary Helen McCay were among dozens of visitors to a new research vessel that will help faculty and students conduct marine research and tackle some of the state’s most vexing ecological issues, from hurricane erosion and oil spills to red tide.

The R/V W. T. Hogarth spent Jan. 22 at Ocean Club Marina in Port Canaveral, the second of 10 visits planned at ports around Florida through late March.

Named after William Hogarth, the marine research scientist who served as director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) from 2011 to 2016 and was former dean of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, the $6 million, 78-foot, coastal-class ship was launched May 23 and is sponsored in part by Florida Tech.

As many as 800 principal investigators from Florida Tech and 30 other Florida universities and institutions that comprise FIO will utilize the Hogarth for data collection, observations and research.

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