Explorer is a vessel that was conceived and built expressly for RiverQuest. It is one of the world's first green passenger vessels, and features a hybrid-type diesel-electric engine system that is projected to reduce emissions by a significant amount as compared to the older vessels of the fleet.
Explorer arrived in Pittsburgh on August 13, 2008, and started serving school groups in the spring of 2009.
U.S. Coast Guard Certified Vessel
RiverQuest Explorer operates under the guidelines of the U.S. Coast Guard and the vessel is inspected annually. The boat is equipped with navigation and boat handling equipment, life jackets and buoys, fire fighting and safety equipment, first aids kits, and communication devices. RiverQuest provides in-depth and ongoing training programs for its full- and part-time crew members. All programs and charters are conducted with a boat crew of four: a captain with a 100-ton Masters License, a senior and two junior deckhands. As required by the U.S. Coast Guard, crew members are enrolled in a random drug testing program. Crew members are also certified by the American Red Cross in Adult, Child and Infant CPR, First Aid, and Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) usage.