WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The ship has finally come in for Cape Fear Community College. After a nearly decade-long search for a new training vessel for the college's marine technology program, CFCC has acquired the nationally-known research vessel the R/V Cape Hatteras.
The 135-foot research vessel made its way to its new home in Wilmington around lunchtime Thursday. The ship and crew left the Duke University Marine Lab dock around 9:00 a.m.
A public ceremony was held at the CFCC marine Technology dock to welcome the ship and crew. During this time, the official ship's log from Capt. Dale Murphy, who served on the Cape Hatteras for the last three decades, were transferred to CFCC's captain Steve Beuth.
The R/V Cape Hatteras will replace the R/V Dan Moore, which is nearly 50 years old. According to school officials, the vessel is well past its serviceable life for a ship of its kind. Finding a suitable replacement ship had been a major CFCC priority for nearly a decade.
"The R/V Cape Hatteras is an ideal ship for our marine technology program. It's an opportunity we simply couldn't pass up," said CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring.
With the addition of the R/V Cape Hatteras, CFCC's marine technology program will continue to fill a unique job training role for North Carolina and marine-related industries all over the country.
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