The R/V Atlantic Explorer is owned and operated by BIOS, in compliance with the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), 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.