|Namesake:||Taku Glacier, Juneau, Alaska|
|Owner:||Alaska Marine Highway System|
|Port of registry:||United States|
|Builder:||Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company, Seattle, Washington|
|Cost:||$4.5 Million USD|
|Status:||sold and on 28 April 2018 beached in Alang, India, to be scrapped|
|Class and type:||Malaspina-class mainline ferry|
|Tonnage:||2,625 Domestic 7,302 International[clarification needed]|
|Displacement:||4,283 long tons (4,352 t)|
|Length:||352 ft (107 m)|
|Beam:||74 ft (23 m)|
|Draft:||16 ft 11 in (5.16 m)|
|Decks:||One vehicle deck, three passenger decks |
|Ramps:||Aft, port, and starboard ro-ro loading|
|Installed power:||Two 4,000 hp MaK Diesel engines |
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)|
M/V Taku is a Malaspina-class mainline vessel built for the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ship has been retired and was sold to a Dubai-based company for $171,000. The owner sought to sell the ferry internationally, and was unsuccessful, and it was last seen beached in Alang, India, to be scrapped.
Designed by Philip F. Spaulding & Associates, constructed in 1963 by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company in Seattle, Washington, the M/V Taku is named after Taku Glacier which is located just southeast of Juneau, Alaska and has been in the ferry system for over forty years. In 1981, the Taku received a major refurbishment and was in service steadily until the summer of 2015 when she was laid up due to budget considerations. The AMHS subsequently announced that it would retire the vessel in preparation for sale or scrapping.
The M/V Taku was the largest of the three AMHS vessels able to serve the communities of Hoonah and Kake and because of this served as a critical component of providing transportation out of Hoonah and Kake after the "milk run" ferry, the M/V LeConte hit a rock and went into dry dock.
The Taku's amenities included a hot-food cafeteria; bar; solarium; forward, aft, recliner, movie, and business lounges; gift shop; 8 four-berth cabins; and 36 two-berth cabins.