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 2018.

Project Update: 07-29-16

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

Construction continues into the nineteenth month of the project with nine modules assembled and three under construction. Delivery of the vessel is due on October 15th, 2018. The AMHS construction team continues to address day to day detailed design issues and attend production planning meetings to keep the project moving forward. Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has assisted with reviewing jacket water calculation, electrical questions, pilothouse alarm and UPS requirements, updated the mooring arrangement drawing and verified freeing port requirements.

Glosten continues to release a new version of the 3D model nominally every week. The pilothouse module outfitting was completed the last week in July. Major materials received on site in July include steel for hull structures, HVAC ducting, piping material, electrical panels, motor starters and anchor windlass controllers.

Since the last update, modules #9, #10, #11 have all been completed and placed on the vessel. Modules #13, #14 (the future engine room), and #18 are currently in progress, #5 and #23 have been built but are awaiting later placement. Click on the image above to begin a slideshow of the latest pictures of the project.

Click here to see the previous update from February

Click here to see the previous update from November