We know what you're thinking. We're thinking it too. Could Sydney have its very own Boaty McBoatface?
Transport NSW has today announced a campaign asking the public to name its fleet of six new ferries. You have until August 10 to submit your name suggestions. A panel will then choose a shortlist and the public will be able to vote on their favourite from August 18. The panel is made up of Kevin Sumption, director and CEO of Australian National Maritime Museum; Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, 2016 Young Australian of the Year; Kim Mckay, executive director and CEO of the Australian Museum; and Patrick Dodd, 2012 NSW Volunteer of the Year.
"We believe that the people who use and love the ferries should get their chance to carve their place in this city’s history forever," a Transport for NSW spokesperson told Broadsheet. "We are open to ideas and encourage everyone to get involved and have fun with the naming process."
The catch? Your name must be based on the designated topics of arts and culture; science, environment and innovation; and "Sydney Harbour connections."
Of the hundreds of entries suggested so far, we're told that there have already been some firm favourites. "We aren’t surprised to see Ferry McFerryFace is popular," the Transport for NSW spokesperson told us.
As for the new ferries themselves, the boats sound pretty swish, with on-board wi-fi and mobile-device charging stations.
Names will be judged on originality and the connection they have with Sydney/NSW, however, "suggestions deemed unsuitable for any category will not be considered." Approach this with as much creativity as possible, Sydney.