It was built in Seattle, Washington in 1959 and re-built in 1994.
The vessel has a capacity for 1,061 passengers and 87 vehicles in total.
Tillikum measures 310 feet 2 inches in length with a beam of 73 feet 2 inches and a draft of 15 feet 6 inches.
It is powered by two diesel-electric engines that can generate a total of 2,500 horsepower and reach a service speed of 13 knots.
Accessible restrooms are available on the main passenger deck and elevator access is available from the auto deck to the passenger deck.
Other amenities include a galley and vending and newspaper machines on the passenger deck.
MV Tillikum is named for the Chinook word meaning “friends” or “relatives”.