R/V Atlantic Explorer is owned and operated by BIOS as a general purpose oceanographic research vessel designed for both short and extended cruises. Delivered to BIOS in 2006, the 170' R/V 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. BIOS is a UNOLS designated vessel operator for R/V Atlantic Explorer, which follows the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards (RVSS), and is part of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (U.S. ARF). The U.S. ARF is a sub-Fleet to the U.S Federal Oceanographic Fleet (which includes NOAA, U.S. Coast Ice Breakers, TAGS).