Day Boat Alaska Class Ferries

Keel Laying Ceremony of Alaska Class Ferries Day Boats

Vigor's Ketchikan Alaska facility was contracted to build Alaska Marine Highway System’s two newest ferries. The two ferries, Tazlina and Hubbard, are the first of their kind ever built in Alaska by Alaskans. They will serve citizens along the Lynn Canal route between Juneau, Haines and Skagway. Construction of both vessels began in October 2014. Tazlina was christened in 2018 and Hubbard is nearing completion.

The vessel design for the Alaska Class Ferries had to overcome the challenges of Alaska’s heavy seas, high winds and freezing spray. Testing was performed on the hull form in a wave tank at Force Technology Denmark to allow designer, Elliott Bay Design Group, to optimize performance in heavy seas and improve passenger comfort. The vessels are classed ABS Ro/Ro, carries 300 passengers and 53 vehicles via both a bow and stern door. They will connect Alaska citizen in remote areas.

Watch the video of M/V Tazlina during sea trials.


Class name: Alaska Class Ferry
Type: Ro-Ro ABS Classed Passenger Ferry
Length: 280’3" (85.3m)
Beam: 67’2” (20.4m)
Draft: 13’ 6” (4.1m)
Displacement: 3,013 LTSW
Max Vehicles: 53 Standard Vehicles
Max Passengers: 300
City Built: Ketchikan, Alaska

Images from this Project

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Keel Laying Ceremony of Alaska Class Ferries Day Boats
Still image of Tazlina during sea trials
Tazlina in the Ketchikan Shipyard during construction
Photo of Tazlina after being launched
Photo of Tazlina during sea trials