Tustumena Replacement Project Conceptual Drawing

Retiring and replacing the M/V Tustumena with a vessel that is equally, if not more, versatile and seaworthy will provide reliable marine transportation service well into the future for the communities, residents and businesses in South Central, Kodiak Island and Southwest Alaska.

Project Key Dates

  • Glosten Selected for Design November 2013
  • Reconnaissance Report March 2014
  • Environmental Documents June 2014
  • Design Study Report November 2014
  • Final Design (100% PS&E) January 2016

Project Update: 08-19-16

100% PS&E (Plans Specifications and Estimates) package received from the designer, Glosten Associates on January 15, 2016. The project is in the current STIP as a Beyond FFY19 project. STIP Amendment 1 pulls that forward to a FFY17 project. Legislative Authority to obligate federal funds for construction and for the state match will be part of the FY17 DOT&PF budget.

Design and construct an ocean going vessel to replace M/V Tustumena

  • The M/V Tustumena entered service in 1964 and is near the end of its design service life. Together with the M/V Kennicott, these two ferries are the only ferries capable of serving the Alaska Marine Highway routes between Homer, Kodiak, and the Aleutian Chain.
  • Why replace the M/V Tustumena
    • Age: 50 years old
    • Lack of Capacity: 36 Vehicle (720 Lane Feet) and 174 Passengers. There is increasing demand for car deck capacity between Homer and Kodiak. Also there is an increasing demand for car deck capacity for the Aleutian Chain route
    • The increase in the discovery of wasted steel and cracking during annual maintenance availabilities

Tustumena Replacement Vessel Characteristics

Length Over All (LOA) 330 Feet
Depth 24.5 Feet
Breadth Over All (BOA) 71 Feet
Design Draft 15' - 10" to 16' - 6" (End of Service Life)
Air Draft 90 Feet
Cruise / Service Speed 15 Knots
Vans & Cars 12 Vans & 27 Cars
Cars Only 54
Vehicle Loading Ability Stern & Side (Port & Starboard), Vehicle Elevator
Vehicle Lane Length 1,180 Feet
Passengers 250 (Berths for 104)
Officer & Crew Minimum Manning IAW Regulatory Requirement Manned Engine Room