Tustumena Replacement Vessel (TRV) Project
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is currently in the process of preparing procurement documents and designing the M/V Tustumena replacement vessel. The M/V Tustumena was built in 1964 and serves the communities of South Central, Kodiak Island and Southwest Alaska. It is one of two ocean class vessels in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet. Because of its size and design, it is the only AMHS vessel that is capable of serving all 13 ports of call between Homer and Unalaska.
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. A conceptual drawing of the replacement vessel is shown on the left.
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|
|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|
|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 https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/Attachment.aspx?id=114936.
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.