The MV Tustumena sailing away from Port Lions Alaska © Wayde Carroll Photography

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is currently in the process of preparing procurement documents and designing the MV Tustumena replacement vessel. The MV Tustumena was built in 1964 and serves the communities of South Central, Kodiak Island and Southwest Alaska. It is one of two ocean class vessels in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet. Because of its size and design, it is the only AMHS vessel that is capable of serving all 13 ports of call between Homer and Unalaska. MV Tustumena is 296 feet long and 59 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 2,174 and a service speed of 13.3 knots.

Retiring and replacing the MV Tustumena with a vessel that is equally, if not more, versatile and seaworthy will provide reliable marine transportation service well into the future for the communities, residents and businesses in South Central, Kodiak Island and Southwest Alaska. A conceptual drawing of the replacement vessel can be viewed through the following link.