Port Denison project: naming ideas invited for Perth’s new $2.6m ferry

Midwest Times
WA Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan with Dongara Marine managing director Rohan Warr.
Camera IconWA Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan with Dongara Marine managing director Rohan Warr. Credit: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

West Australians have until October 31 to choose a name for a $2.6 million ferry being built in Port Denison.

Construction of the 23.7m long and 148-seat vessel was awarded to boat builder Dongara Marine last December.

The project created three local jobs, including one apprentice.

A statement from Transport Minister Rita Saffioti’s office today said the vessel would become Transperth’s third ferry – transporting passengers between Elizabeth Quay and Mends Street Jetty.

The last two ferries were named after long-distance swimmer Shelley Taylor-Smith and former South Perth member of Parliament Phillip Pendal.

Ms Saffiotti said Boaty McBoatface and Ferry McFerryface would not be considered.

“The name selected for this new ferry will be seen by locals and tourists for decades to come, which is why it’s important we pick something that reflects its important role in our transport network,” the Minister said.

“Unfortunately Boaty McBoatface and Ferry McFerryface are already taken – so let’s get more creative and choose an exciting new name for our new ferry, although Fremantle Dockers related names will be looked upon favourably.”

The next generation ferry would be faster and longer than its two predecessors and have an on-board toilet, bike stowage area, wheelchair access and tinted windows.

It is scheduled to be named before it undergoes sea trials at Port Denison in December and becomes part of the Transperth network in early 2020.

Visit the Transperth website, My Say Transport website, Transperth Facebook, or call 13 62 13 to make a name submission.

Submissions close at 5pm on October 31.

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