Vessel Specifications

R/V Atlantic Explorer is owned and operated by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard, UNOLS, and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) regulations as an uninspected research vessel.

Atlantic Explorer can carry a crew of 12 and a scientific party of 22 researchers, students, and technicians for up 28 days or 5500 nautical miles.

Length: 170'

Beam: 38' 0"

Draft: 11' 6"

Gross Tonnage: 299 (GRT), 861 (ITC)

Net Tonnage: 203 (NRT), 258 (ITC)

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

Cruising Range: 5,500 nautical miles

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Deck Equipment

Working Deck Area:

  • Main Deck 1550 ft2
  • 01 Deck 440 ft2
  • 02 Deck 340 ft2
  • 2ft x 2ft grid of treaded sockets for bolting down modular equipment

Overboarding Equipment:

  • Stern A-Frame Size 40' h x 22' w Outreach 18 Feet Capacity 20 tons – tested to 10 tons
  • Starboard A-Frame Size 19' h x 10' w Outreach 9 Feet Capacity 7.5 tons – tested to 5 tons
  • Appleton KEB70-45-31 Crane


  • Hydrographic - Model: MARKEY DUSH 4 - 10,000 M 1/4" of Hydro Wire
  • Mooring Winch Model: TSE - Model SPD-70, 600 m 1/2" of Wire or Line
  • CTD Winch Model: MARKEY DUSH - 5 Research Winch, 10,000 m of .322" CTD cable with 4-channel Slip Ring.
  • General Purpose D.E.M.E. Lifting Winch Model: 20 series, 350 m 5/8" Wire or Line
  • General Purpose Markey Machinery Model: COM7 2000 m of ¼” Phillystrand Spectra
  • General Purpose Markey Machinery Model: COM7 2000 m of .322” EM cable
  • General Purpose Lyons Shipyard Pedestal Winch 250m of ¼” Line

Scientific Equipment

  • CTD – Seabird 9/11 Plus – 6,800m maximum depth; Includes Temperature, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Transmissivity, Fluorometer, and Photosynthetically Available Radiation Sensors
  • Flow through seawater system – SBE 21 Thermosalinograph and Turner 10-AU Flurometer in-line
  • UNOLS Mobile Radioisotope Laboratory Van
  • Meteorological Instruments; Includes Temperature, Humidity, Wind Speed and Direction and Radiometers
  • Laboratory Grade Water: Millipore Elix-5 RO and Millipore Academic system
  • Knudsen echo sounder operating at 12kHz and 3.5kHz
  • RDI Ocean Surveyor 75kHz Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
  • Straza Tower available for integrating additional equipment

Ship Ops Contact

Captain Murray Stein
Marine Superintendent
Tel: 441-297-1880 Ext 205
(U.S. Phone) 646-547-1788 x205


Captain Rick Verlini
Port Captain
(U.S. Phone) 646-547-1788 x130


Deborah Moran
Marine Operations Coordinator
Tel: 441-297-1880 ext 233
(U.S. Phone) 646-547-1788 x233


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