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.

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

Project Update: December 2017

All modules are now complete for the first of the two Alaska Class Ferries, all 23 modules are in place completing exterior steel construction on the MV Tazlina. Interior work continues with piping, painting and insulation in the engine room, electrical crews continue to terminate panels and equipment throughout the ship and continue trimming out lights, switches and receptacles in conjunction with the joinery installers.

The Tazlina was pushed outside on September 11th so the exterior hull could be sand-blasted before it was returned to the assembly hall where paint crews began applying primer and bottom paint. AMHS exterior colors were painted over most of the vessel in late October, and the nonskid weather deck paint was also applied.

The vessel was then moved 3/4 of the way outside on December 1st and the bow door, final module #6, was set and welded in place. With the Tazlina being moved partially out of the building, modules for the MV Hubbard can be joined together. Construction on modules for the second vessel are estimated to place operational acceptance of the second vessel in Spring 2019.

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