The MV Tazlina is named after the Tazlina Glacier located 43 miles north of Valdez. The vessel was designed by Elliott Bay Design Group of Seattle, Washington and constructed at Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The first Alaska Marine Highway ferry built in Alaska, along with its sister ship the MV Hubbard. The MV Tazlina was christened in Ketchikan on August 11, 2018 by former First Lady, Donna Walker and is scheduled to begin service in early May, 2019. The Tazlina ship operates as a day boat in the northern panhandle.