The FVF Chenega is named after the Chenega Glacier, located in Prince William Sound. The glacier was named in 1905 for Chenega Island and the nearby community of Chenega Bay. The vessel was designed by Nigel Gee & Associates, a British naval architecture firm that has many years of high-speed ship design and build experience. It was constructed at Derecktor Shipyards of Bridgeport, Connecticut at a cost of $36 million; she began service in 2005. The FVF Chenega is powered by four diesel engines and four water jets, making it along with its sister ship the FVF Fairweather, the fastest vessels in the fleet. FVFs Fairweather and Chenega were the first all-aluminum high-speed vehicle and passenger ferries built in the United States, as well as the first vehicle ferries built in the U.S. to comply with stringent International High Speed Craft code.
FVF Chenega is 235 feet long and 60 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 1,333 and a service speed of 32 knots. The FVF Chenega is designed to carry 210 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 620 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 31 twenty-foot vehicles. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The interior space has a combination of reclining airline-style seats and table arrangements. Large windows provide excellent opportunities to view the passing scenery. Onboard amenities include a covered solarium, a snack bar, study area, and a child's play area. Microwaves are also available for passenger use. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the FVF Chenega.