April 18, 2019  

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Southern Miss, Governor Celebrate Acquisition of Point Sur Vessel

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From left to right, Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus; Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice president for research at Southern Miss; Jonathan Daniels, executive director and CEO for the Port of Gulfport; Dr. Rodney D. Bennett, University president, Governor Phil Bryant; and Monty Graham, interim director of the USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and chair of the Department of Marine Science, celebrated the acquisition of the university’s newest research vessel, the Point Sur. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

Hundreds of guests, including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, joined The University of Southern Mississippi in celebrating the acquisition of its newest research vessel, the Point Sur, Friday, April 24, at the Port of Gulfport. The University acquired the state-of-the-art research vessel in February 2015 through a $1 million grant provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

“The Point Sur will provide unparalleled opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students as they venture into the Gulf of Mexico and gain hands-on research experience,” said University President Rodney D. Bennett. “I am confident that these opportunities will enhance the high quality education we provide as the leading marine science institution in the state of Mississippi.”

The vessel, purchased from the San Jose State University Research Foundation in San Jose, Calif., provides Southern Miss with a vessel that can be utilized by the University and other interested parties to explore the Gulf of Mexico, including further research on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. The vessel will help Southern Miss – the State of Mississippi’s leading marine sciences institution – enhance education and research opportunities for students and faculty who will have access to the Point Sur’s sophisticated technology and equipment.

“Today we embark on another great voyage – a voyage into the future with this wonderful research vessel,” said Gov. Bryant. “Remarkable things can come from this great research – research that may be able to help us protect the waters around the world and not just here at home.”

The 135-foot Point Sur research vessel was built in 1980. It can accommodate 13 researchers and technicians, and a crew of eight. For day cruises, it has a capacity of 40 researchers. The main deck covers 1,100 square feet and includes a primary laboratory and wet laboratory. The ship sports a cruising speed of 9.5 knots and a range of 6,800 nautical miles at 10 knots.

For more information about the Point Sur research vessel, visit www.usm.edu/pointsur or contact the Southern Miss Office of University Communications at 228.865.4573.