RV ATLANTIC EXPLORER

Vessel Profile

Home port:
NEW YORK (Based in Ferry Reach, Bermuda)
Home port Coordinates:
Latitude: 32-20N Longitude: 064-40W
Organisation & Address:

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

17 Biological Lane

St. Georges, Bermuda GE01

Vessel Web site address:
Link to Vessel Schedules:
Normal Area of Operation:

Atlantic Basin – Primarily: Gulf of Maine to Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, U.S. East Coast, Bermuda

Max No of EF+ Days:
5
Vessel details:

Length: 

Breadth:

Draught: 

Gross Tonnage:

Ice class: No

DP: No

Service speed:

Max No. Scientific

Berths:

No. of EF+ Scientific Berths :

170 feet

38 feet

12 feet

299 (US), 861 ITC

N/A

N/A

10 kts.

22

20

Technical Detail

Laboratory Facilities (fixed and temporary):

Aft Lab – 250 sq ft, Fwd Lab – 230 sq ft, Main Lab – 325 sq ft, Teaching Lab – 250 sq ft, Environmental Room – 30 sq ft, CTD garage – 120 sq ft, Marine Tech Lab – 160 sq ft

CTD/Plankton sampling:

Markey DUSH-5 winch with 9,500m 0.322 EM cable, and full suite of Seabird instrumentation. Rosette with 30-12 liter Niskin bottles. DUSH-4 hydrographic winch with 9,500m 0.25: hydro wire for science-supplied nets and cores

Multi-Beam(s)/ Sub Bottom profiling:

Not available

Fisheries Echo Sounders/Sonar:

Knudsen single beam 12Khz and 3.5Khz echo sounder

USBL:

No

Coring/Sampling Capabilities:

Science provided, on 0.250” hydro wire

Winches:

Markey DUSH-5 CTD winch, Markey DUSH-4 Hydrographic winch, Markey COM7 EM winch for MOCNESS tows

Communications:

INMARSAT C, INMARSAT B, Fleet Xpress, Iridium, Cellular

Special features:

Radioactive isotope van; environmental sampling van; multi-purpose research activities

Suitable for:

CTD sampling, net tows, bottom surveys, deep water mooring deployment and recoveries, underway water sampling, gravity and multi-coring

Scientific Limitations:

Large-scale coring activities, such as piston coring.

Vessel capability to support ROV deployment:

Yes

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users:

Logistical support as needed to assist users getting to and from Bermuda, as well as support in shipping science gear

Vessel availability by location and by year/time of year for Eurofleets+:

Year

Location

Availability by Month

Ports of operation in the period of availability

2020

Atlantic

Year round – based on first-come, first served

St. Georges, Bermuda

2021

Atlantic

Year round – based on first-come, first served

St. Georges, Bermuda

2022

Atlantic

Year round – based on first-come, first served

St. Georges, Bermuda

Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator of RV ATLANTIC EXPLORER at e-mail address: quentin.lewis@bios.edu

Medical certification required for joining the vessel and the list of acceptable certificates.

BIOS Medical History and Waiver forms required prior to departure

Are additional medical checks required

None

Survival training certification required for joining vessel

List of acceptable equivalent certification:

STCW PST preferred, but not required

Additional certification required e.g. Ship security awareness / other

None

Diplomatic clearance required for area of operation

None for Bermuda or US waters, all others require clearance through US State Department

Additional clearances required for area or type of activity

Use of radioactive isotopes requires completion and approval of BIOS isotope application, available on BIOS website