University of Southern Mississippi converted patrol boat into research vessel
For its second life as a research vessel, a refurbished 48-foot workboat has been delivered to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).
The vessel, an Endeavor 45 cabin patrol vessel originally constructed by Silver Ships for the State of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) in 2008, was returned for conversion to the Theodore, Ala. shipyard.
The vessel is now capable of supporting deep ocean underwater surveys by the USM School of Ocean Science and Engineering using various uncrewed underwater vehicle systems.
The new and improved vessel will carry out tests, marine studies and underwater surveys for various private and governmental partners in the Gulf of Mexico.
The hull was extended by three feet forward, with additional tie-downs on the aft side, and while removable railings were added over the transom, the vessel's swim/dive platform was strengthened. A 1,000 lb includes main additions. Crane for lift, 850 lb. Davit, retractable awning and Zipwake dynamic trim control system over the aft deck.
Along with its life raft and firefighting equipment, the vessel's engine, radar and multifunction monitor were replaced. The waterjets were repaired and the Cummins QSM11 inboard diesel powertrain was aligned, among other changes, and the entire outside and bottom of the vessel was blasted and painted.
“USM and Silver Ships staff have enjoyed a great relationship through design and execution of the modifications and refurbishing process. We are delighted to add this vessel to our research fleet to assist us in launching and recovery for uncrewed systems while enabling scientists a platform to monitor performance and conduct testing and evaluation," said Dr. Kelly Lucas, USM Associate Vice President for Research, Coastal Operations.
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