Time is running out to name the new state ferry. Construction is underway on the 144-car ferry. It will be the 24th vessel in the state's fleet. The deadline for name proposals is Friday, September 12 at 5 p.m.

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The Washington State Transportation Commission posted the following guidelines on their website:

  1. Names for ferries should carry statewide significance and represent our state's image and culture.
  2. Specifically, names should represent such things as: state adopted symbols, tribal names, names of bodies of water, geographic locations, cities, counties, relate to nautical heritage, etc.
  3. Consideration will be given to the consistency with existing Washington State Ferries fleet names.
  4. Names should have broad familiarity, are non‐offensive, and meet ethical standards.
  5. Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should be avoided, but will be considered upon very careful review.

Many of the 23 vessels in Washington State Ferries' fleet have names reflecting the state's tribal, geographic and historic heritage. The most recently named vessels – Samish and Tokitae – are in keeping with that tradition.

Name proposals should be sent to: Washington State Transportation Commission, PO Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504-7308, or to transc@wstc.wa.gov.

Additional information on ferry naming can be found on the commission web site at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/Naming/default.htm

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