U.S. Senator Roger Wicker will be here on the coast this morning. He will tour two University Of Southern Mississippi research vessels at the port of Gulfport. The 135-foot r/v/ point sur was built in 1980 and acquired by the university in 2015. It can hold 16 researchers and technicians plus a crew of eight. It is outfitted with heavy operational equipment, wet and dry laboratories and scientific gear. It is the only oceanographic class research vessel homeported in the northern Gulf of Mexico, east of the Mississippi river.