Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Naming Contest Open for 3 Ferries

By Mark Edward Nero

British Columbia-based BC Ferries, which is introducing three new intermediate class ferries into its fleet in the coming year, has announced a contest to name the vessels.

BC Ferries’ customers and employees can submit proposed names for the new ferries, and names will be shortlisted by a panel of judges comprised of representatives from local media, ferry advisory committees and BC Ferries’ employees.

The contest is open from May 19–June 9; customers have a chance to win more than $500 in ferry travel if the name they enter is chosen.

“This is a chance to leave a lasting legacy in coastal communities in British Columbia,” Corrine Storey, BC Ferries’ Vice-President of Customer Services said in a statement announcing the contest.

Names of BC Ferries’ vessels follow a specific protocol: the first part of the name refers to the class of vessel, such as “Coastal,” while the second part of the name is descriptive, such as “Celebration,” “Inspiration” and “Renaissance.”

The naming contest is to create a name for the class of vessel, as well as a descriptive name for each of the three new ferries.

Names submissions are required by the company to: reflect BC Ferries and the coastal communities it serves; appeal to both residents and visitors; be gender neutral; not be geography specific or reference an individual or event; not contain symbols or accent marks; and not contain words currently used within a BC Ferries vessel name or vessel class name.
To enter name ideas into the contest, or view complete contest rules and prize information, visit bcferries.com.