Gov. Gina Raimondo, URI President David Dooley, NSF officials gather for keel-laying of R/V Resolution

Ceremony marks official start of construction on ship to replace Endeavor

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An artist’s rendering of the new Regional Class Research Vessel to be operated by URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography and home-ported at the University’s Narragansett Bay Campus. (Glosten Associates)

KINGSTON, R.I. – May 3, 2019 – On Tuesday, May 7, at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will join officials from the University of Rhode Island, National Science Foundation, East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC, for a keel-laying ceremony to mark the official start of construction on the R/V Resolution, a new research ship bound for the University of Rhode Island. The ship, operated by the Consortium, is slated to replace the R/V Endeavor, URI’s current NSF research vessel. As part of the ceremony, Raimondo, the ship’s ceremonial sponsor, will inscribe her initials into the ship’s keel.

WHO:              Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo; URI President David M. Dooley; Bruce Corliss, dean of URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography and Consortium Director; Terrence M. Quinn, Ph.D., director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, and others.

WHAT:            Keel-laying ceremony to mark the official start of construction on the R/V Resolution, a new research ship bound for the University of Rhode Island.

WHERE:          Gulf Island Shipyards
Houma, Louisiana

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 7
3 p.m., central daylight time
4 p.m., eastern daylight time