It seems like the last time someone asked for the public's input on naming a ship we somehow arrived at Boaty McBoatface. I don't think that's the kind of moniker the principles behind a new research vessel are looking for as far as a name is concerned.

The vessel, which won't be built until 2023 is projected to be the largest research vessel in the Gulf. Those in charge of the project are seeking public input on what the vessel should be named. Those involved in the process are seeking a name that will tie in the Gulf and the kind of research the vessel will be conducting.

The ship will be co-managed by scientists with the University of Southern Mississippi and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, known as LUMCON based out of Cocodrie.

If you'd like to submit an idea for a name for the ship, you may do so by following this link: GCOC-Name-Nominations@usm.edu. The deadline for entry submissions is October the 23rd.

Funding for the vessel will be provided by the National Science Foundation. The estimated cost to build the ship is $106 million. Scientists plan to use the vessel to explore some of the critical issues affecting the Gulf, including climate change, hurricanes, fisheries' health, and oil pollution.