The MV Kennicott is named after the Kennicott Glacier, located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. The vessel was designed by Halter Marine and Glosten Associates of Seattle, Washington. Built in 1998, the Kennicott can be transformed into a command center for emergency teams responding to an oil spill, something that was essential following the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. A vehicle elevator capable of loading and unloading without a ramp, regardless of tide levels, is used in communities where loading directly into the car deck is not available. MV Kennicott is 382 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 9,978 and a service speed of 16.75 knots.