April 18, 2019  

Current weather

Overcast, mist, rain

Southern Miss Research Vessel Point Sur Arrives in Gulfport

Main Content
Jonathan Daniels, executive director and CEO at the Port of Gulfport; Dr. Gordon C. Cannon, vice president for research at Southern Miss; Mike Wypyski, deputy executive director and COO at the Port of Gulfport; and Dr. Monty Graham, interim director of the Gulf Coast Research Lab and chair of the Department of Marine Science at Southern Miss, pose for an official photo during the arrival of the Point Sur into the Port of Gulfport on Sunday, March 29. (Photo by Jenny Tate)

After making its three-week voyage from San Jose, Calif. through the Panama Canal and into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Southern Mississippi’s newest research vessel, the Point Sur, has made its way to its new home at the Port of Gulfport.

More than 30 Southern Miss faculty, staff, and students, as well as Port of Gulfport representatives, greeted the Point Sur upon arrival into the Port on Sunday (March 29) afternoon. After meeting the crew, attendees had an opportunity to tour the vessel.

The 135-foot Point Sur vessel will be ready for research operations on April 19. It can accommodate 13 researchers and technicians, and a crew of eight. For day cruises, it has a capacity of 40 researchers. It will be used to explore the Gulf of Mexico, including further research on the BP oil spill of 2010, as well as other research projects and educational trips. 

A formal public celebration for the vessel is set for Friday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Port of Gulfport.

For more information about the Point Sur, contact the Office of University Communications at 228.865.4574.