Alaska Class Ferry Conceptual Drawing

Governor Sean Parnell announced in the fall of 2014 that the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Vigor Industrial have reached a final agreement to construct two Day Boat Alaska Class Ferries at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan.The ferries will be 280- feet long, seat up to 300 passengers and carry 53 standard vehicles. Each ferry will feature bow and stern doors for quicker loading and unloading, fully enclosed car decks and controllable pitch propellers to maximize maneuverability and efficiency. A modified hull design will greatly improve traveler comfort during rough weather. The State was able to incorporate public input into the final design of the ferries while keeping the project within budget.The vessels are scheduled for delivery in late 2018.

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The module number diagram and erection sequence of an Alaska Class Ferry with progress noted © Alaska Marine Highway System

Project Update: 12-21-16

Construction is progressing with fifteen modules assembled and four under construction for the first ship. Click on the image to begin a slideshow of the latest project pictures. There are currently 103 people assigned to the project, excluding management personnel, which is an increase of 9 from the 94 people that were assigned in October 2016. This has resulted in a high level of achievement over the course of the last several months. The front half of the vessel was moved out of the building on November 20th 2016 and other recent accomplishments include:

  • Set Pilot House and Bridge Deck arrangement on assembly
  • Set major equipment in spaces of forward half
  • Made the ship weathertight for moving out of the building
  • Engine room moved to the assembly hall
  • Small crews and outfitting crew are working on close-out of spaces
  • Pipe and steel are fabricating the aft section

Click here to see the previous update from July 2016

Click here to see the previous update from February 2016

Click here to see the previous update from November 2015