RV Gunnerus was designed by Polarkonsult and delivered from Larsnes Mek Verksted in 2004. The vessel has been in continous operation since delivery. New PM thrusters delivered by Rolls Royce Marine was installed in 2012 at Moen Verft in Kolvereid.
The vessel was lengthened in 2018 by 5 m at Assens Skibsværft in Denmark offering additional ROV handling facilities, new deck crane as well as additional conference rooms, cabins and bathrooms.
The vessel is a compact and effective research vessel operated by NTNU, Trondheim.