Cruise Planning

The most successful research cruises are usually those that are planned early, with much consideration given to logistical issues and crew preparation. The cruise plan serves as an important avenue of communication for the scientific party, marine operations staff, and the ship's crew. The information in this section is intended to act as a general guideline for cruise planning. For more details, please consult the Cruise Manual, which contains information about the ship's policies, as well as various forms that may need to be completed prior to your departure. You can also view and download each of these forms individually on the Ship Forms, Diagrams & Documents page of this website.

Shipping Freight

Fast Forward Freight Ltd.
2 Jubilee Road, Devonshire, DV06  Bermuda
441- 292-9509  Email: Tim Southern,

When shipping to BIOS, consign all materials to:
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Inc.
17 Biological Station
St. Georges, GE 01

Do not place your name at the top of the address as Bermuda Government wharfage fees may be assessed and shipping significantly delayed.

Please have your freight delivered to Bermuda at least two weeks prior to your arrival to allow for any delays in customs clearance.

Prior to arrival please send an itemized list (commercial invoice) of all equipment and supplies with values. Bermuda Customs will not release any goods without this invoice.

Handling, customs clearance and delivery fees are the shipper’s responsibility paid directly to Fast Forward Freight Ltd. via bank transfer.

Ship Ops Contact

Captain George Gunther
Captain R/V Atlantic Explorer
Tel: (U.S. Phone) 646-547-1788 x233


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


Marine Operations Team
Tel: (U.S. Phone) 646-547-1788 x233


Related Items

Cruise Manual
Pre-Cruise Science Safety Briefing
Visiting Scientist Fee Schedule and Information