IMPROVING A VITAL CONNECTION.
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferries serve 33 ports in Alaska—plus the ports in Bellingham, WA and Prince Rupert, BC—and carry an average of 312,000 passengers and 98,000 vehicles per year. The M/V Tustumena is a critical link in this transportation system, with a specialized vehicle handling/elevator system (one of two in North America) that allows her to serve Southcentral and Southwestern Alaska. After nearly 60 years of reliable service, Tustumena is readying for retirement. To ensure the region receives a suitable successor to its beloved vessel, Glosten assisted the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and AMHS in the design of a Tustumena replacement vessel. The replacement vessel will offer more passenger and vehicle capacity than its predecessor and will be faster and more efficient.