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.

Alaska Legislature Ratifies Names Selected for New Ferry Boats

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

Project Update: April 2017

Construction has progressed into its 28th month with fifteen modules assembled and in place as well as four more under construction for the MV Tazlina. That leaves only two more modules left to be built for the first ship. Click on the image to begin a slideshow of the latest project pictures. The front half of the vessel was moved out of the building on November 20th 2016 and other recent accomplishments include:

  • Engine room construction and placement
  • Further assembly of the modules making up the aft section
  • The aft section includes crew & passenger areas, engine room and car deck
  • Mast installed onto the house top

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