Project Key Dates

  • Glosten Selected for Design November 2013
  • Reconnaissance Report March 2014
  • Environmental Documents June 2014
  • Design Study Report November 2014
  • Construction Manager/General Contractor Procurement January 2019
  • Notice to Proceed CMGC June 2019
  • Preconstruction Phase July 2019 thru June 2020
  • Construction Notice to Proceed June 2020
  • Vessel Construction June 2020 thru November 2022

Project Update November 2018

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Marine Highway System determined in mid-2018 that the Construction Management/General Contractor (CMGC) project delivery method is the best approach to use to construct the Tustumena Replacement Vessel. CMGC will allow the selected shipbuilder to assist the AMHS by providing verification of the final design, assisting in locating domestic sources for components, consulting on ways to minimize operations and maintenance costs, considering innovative materials and methods, and constructing the vessel in a manner that minimizes impacts, reduces risks, and provides cost savings through efficient scheduling and use of construction materials.

As planned, the TRV will have the following characteristics and capacities:

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)

The replacement vessel design is highly-constrained and includes:

  • USCG/ABS - Ocean Certified
  • Overnight Accommodations for 250 passengers
  • An 80,000 lb. capacity vehicle elevator (52'L x 17'W)
  • Draft limitations due to the operating environment
  • Freeboard limitations due to the dock heights in the communities it serves
  • Stabilizer fins
  • Large bow thrusters (2x850 kW)

The request for proposals will be issued in January 2019 and a ship builder should be selected by June-July 2019. To view pre-solicitation letter click here

Why replace the M/V Tustumena?

The vessel is over 50 years old and lacks capacity. It can only accommodate 36 vehicles 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 accelerated the need to replace the vessel.