Breaking News
Home | Australia | Staff refuse to work on Sydney's Ferry McFerryface

Staff refuse to work on Sydney's Ferry McFerryface

  • Sydney’s latest ferry has been named Ferry McFerryface, as voted by the public
  • But staff on the vessel are refusing to work because the name makes a ‘mockery’ 
  • The most popular choice was Boaty McBoatface but that name was taken
  • Boaty is a yellow submarine owned by the UK’s Natural Environment Council
  • The new ferry will be able to hold 400 patrons, have Wifi and disabled access 

Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia

Staff on Sydney Harbour’s new Ferry McFerryface are refusing to work on the vessel because the name makes a mockery of the boat.

The assistant secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia Paul Garrett said the name was ‘stupid’ during an interview on 2GB.

‘The Transport Minister is demonstrating here that he treats public transport as a joke.’

‘We’re wondering why Sydney Harbour has to suffer a second-hand joke from the UK,’ he said. 

He added that staff would refuse to work on the ship.

NSW Transport officials asked the public to name the last of Sydney‘s new harbour ferries and the general populace decided on Ferry McFerryface.

Presenting Ferry McFerryface: The latest vessel to join our squadron of harbour boats

Presenting Ferry McFerryface: The latest vessel to join our squadron of harbour boats

Presenting Ferry McFerryface: The latest vessel to join our squadron of harbour boats

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance saw the Name Your Ferry competition as a hilarious success.

‘We asked Sydney to name their new ferries and we have listened. Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike,’ Mr Constance said.

The other ferries were given sentimental names like Victor Chang, Fred Hollows and Catherine Hamlin, which are already transporting passengers across the harbour.

But ‘this one is for the kids’ Mr Constance reiterated on Monday.

Almost unbelievably, the most popular name was actually Boaty McBoatface. 

Almost unbelievably, the most popular name was actually Boaty McBoatface

Almost unbelievably, the most popular name was actually Boaty McBoatface

Almost unbelievably, the most popular name was actually Boaty McBoatface

‘Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,’ Mr Constance said. 

The name ‘Boaty McBoatface’ comes from a public poll the Natural Environment Research Council put to the people of Britain in 2016 to name a $342 million research vessel.

While Boaty won the overwhelming majority with 124,000 votes, Science Minister Jo Johnson was not so keen on the title and decided to name it after Sir David Attenborough instead.

But Boaty lived on in the form of a yellow submarine on the Attenborough research ship – mainly because people were extremely disappointed with the decision.

The name 'Boaty McBoatface' comes from a public poll the Natural Environment Research Council put to the people of Britain in 2016 to name a $342 million research vessel

The name 'Boaty McBoatface' comes from a public poll the Natural Environment Research Council put to the people of Britain in 2016 to name a $342 million research vessel

The name ‘Boaty McBoatface’ comes from a public poll the Natural Environment Research Council put to the people of Britain in 2016 to name a $342 million research vessel

While Boaty won the overwhelming majority with 124,000 votes, Science Minister Jo Johnson was not so keen on the title and decided to name it after Sir David Attenborough instead

While Boaty won the overwhelming majority with 124,000 votes, Science Minister Jo Johnson was not so keen on the title and decided to name it after Sir David Attenborough instead

While Boaty won the overwhelming majority with 124,000 votes, Science Minister Jo Johnson was not so keen on the title and decided to name it after Sir David Attenborough instead

The new inner harbour ferries are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s plan to modernise and expand Sydney’s ferry network.

They can hold 400 customers, have improved accessibility for people with disabilities, WiFi access, luggage and bicycle storage areas and charging stations for electronic devices.

And yes, it’s likely you’ll be able to check into ‘Ferry McFerryface’ on Facebook, so that everyone knows you’re on board the ocean boat.

Click here to Read from the source

x

Check Also

John Imbrahim's bodyguard shot in the back

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Related Click here to Read from the source

Shares