lONG LIVE THE ATLANTIS.
In 2012, the University of Washington awarded Glosten a contract to evaluate midlife refit options for the three AGOR-23 Class research vessels. The Thomas G. Thompson, Atlantis, and Roger Revelle anchor the US Academic Research Fleet, and each was beyond the midpoint of its thirty-year service life. The R/V Atlantis was the last of the three to undergo modification.
Built in 1997 for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and owned by the US Navy, the Atlantis was designed to support HOV Alvin, a human-operated deep-sea submersible, in addition to its other scientific missions. Outfitted with highly sophisticated facilities, including six science labs and a machine shop, the Atlantis has a capacity of 60 scientists and crew and operates globally. The goal of the refit was to extend the life of the vessel for another 25 years so that it could continue providing WHOI with valuable insight into the world’s oceans.