Timaru ask public to name a boat; hopes to avoid Boaty McBoatface

Hart Marine via ODT

Hart Marine via Stuff


The public will have a say in the naming of PrimePort Timaru’s new $2.4 million pilot boat, but we are not allowed to call it Boaty McBoatface.

Chief executive Phil Melhopt said they had not sorted out the finer details for naming the 15.6m self-righting vessel which has just been ordered from Australia’s Hart Marine and is due to arrive in Timaru in July, 2017.

But they wanted to encourage community involvement in a similar way to the Aoraki tug boat in 2007 when 400 ideas were received, Melhopt said.

“Whatever we decide to do, we’re going to be putting some reasonable parameters on it,” Melhopt said.

“We don’t want to end up with a name like Boaty McBoatface.”

Melhopt said the boat had been commissioned because the 36-year-old Ohau pilot boat was reaching the end of its working life and was next due for survey in 2018.

“It’s served the company well but the staff I think are looking forward to having something a bit newer to work with.”

Let’s call it the John Key.

No matter what happens, it is self-righting.


– Stuff

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