MV Matanuska

Commissioned: 1963
Classification: American Bureau of Shipping
Home Port: Haines, Alaska
Other Ports: Prince Rupert (BC), Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Kake, Sitka, Skagway
Decommissioned: Currently active
Fate: Currently active
General characteristics
Displacement: 5,552 long tons
Length: 408 ft (124 m)
Beam: 74 ft (23 m)
Draught: 16 ft 11 and 3/8 inches
Horsepower: 8,000
Speed: 16.5 knots
Capacity: Passengers, 500
Automobiles, 88
Access: Aft, port, and starboard ro-ro loading
One vehicle deck
Named After: Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains
The M/V Matanuska, colloquially known as the Mat, is a mainline Malaspina-class ferry vessel for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Constructed in 1963 by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock in Seattle, Washington and lengthened in 1968, the M/V Malaspina has been in the ferry system for over forty years. As a mainline ferry, which means in serves the larger of the inside passage communities (such as Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Sitka), its route expands the entirety of the inside passage, often beginning runs in Prince Rupert, British Columbia or Bellingham, Washington and running to the Alaskan Panhandle community of Skagway.


  • The Matanuska is nearly identical to its sister ship, the M/V Malaspina.
  • The Matanuska's amenities include a hot-food cafeteria; cocktail lounge and bar; solarium; forward, aft, movie, and business lounges; gift shop; 4 four-berth cabins; 23 three-berth cabins; and 80 two-berth cabins.

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