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.
The MV Kennicott is designed to carry 499 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 1,560 linear feet for operation in Southeast Alaska and 1,340 linear feet in Southwest Alaska, which is equal to approximately 67 to 78 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 48 four-berth and 58 two-berth cabins, as well as 3 wheelchair-accessible cabins. The MV Kennicott onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child's play area. Fresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Kennicott or view our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.