News: BC Ferries launches contest to name new ships

Global News  - May 19, 2015

BC Ferries is looking to the public to help them name its new ships.

A contest will be held over the next three weeks where the public can submit name proposals for three new Intermediate Class Ferries that are currently being built. A panel of 12 judges will select finalists, with the winners being chosen by the BC Ferries’ Executive Management Committee.

Aside from the distinction of having named a ship, the winner will also receive $500 in ferry travel.

“This contest provides an exciting opportunity for customers to name a ferry that will be in service for decades to come,” said Corrine Storey, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Customer Services in a statement.

“A vessel’s name is important because it is a reflection of our province and the coastal culture we all share. This is a chance to leave a lasting legacy in coastal communities in British Columbia.”

BC Ferries says proposals involving geography, people or events will not be considered, along with any that use words already in a current ferry.

The ships will be completed in 2016 and 2017, and will replace the Queen of Burnaby (which travels from Comox to Powell River) and the Queen of Nanaimo (travels from Tsawwassen to Galiano, Mayne and Pender Island).

The contest, which you can enter here, runs until June 9.

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