A NEW Sydney new inner-harbour ferries is being christened Ferry McFerryface.
The name was chosen after a countrywide competition with more than 15,000 entries to name six new ferries.
Ferry McFerryface was actually only the runner-up name in the competition.
Sydney’s most popular choice was Boaty McBoatface, but officials overruled the choice.
The title was also rejected by British officials last year as the name of a new polar survey vessel.
The British vessel was ultimately christened Sir David Attenborough in honour of the TV presenter, but one of its remotely operated submarines was named Boaty McBoatface.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said: “Given ‘Boaty’ was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders.
“Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike – this one is for the kids.”
Ferry McFerryface joins the ranks of Trainy McTrainface, a Swedish express train, and Horsey McHorseface, a Sydney racehorse.
The international online trend started by a suggestion from a former BBC radio host for Boaty McBoatface in 2016.
But the name is already polarising maritime staff who have taken a stand against the vessel’s name and refuse to work on it.
Maritime Union of Australia spokesman Paul Garrett today told 2GB Mornings he was furious with the decision to christen the last of a new fleet of Sydney Harbour ferries “Ferry McFerryface”.
He said: “The Transport Minister is demonstrating here that he treats public transport as a joke.
“He’s taking the absolute mickey out of public transport in this state.
“Sydney Ferries has had an iconic history with Sydney Harbour and are named after iconic beaches and iconic Olympians. The workers are just frustrated with it.”
The Assistant Secretary of the Sydney branch said staff will refuse to work on the newly named ferry.
MOST READ IN TRAVEL
i did it norway
Take a whirlwind day trip to New York as Norwegian Air launch daily return flights from London