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. 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.