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Newly appointed ‘Ferry McFerryface’ outrages Australian ferry operators

A flotilla including an engine start crosses the Sydney Harbour.

(Reuters)

Ferry McFerryface have only just been baptized, but it is already too polarizing maritime staff that have taken a stand against the ship’s name and refused to work.

Maritime Union of Australia spokesman Paul Garrett today told 2GB in the Morning, he was furious about the decision to christen the last of a new fleet of the Port of Sydney ferries “Ferry McFerryface.”

“The Minister of Transport is here to show that he treats public transport as a joke,” Garrett said.

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“He is taking the absolute mickey out of the public transport in this state. Sydney Ferries has an iconic history with the Port of Sydney and are named after the iconic beaches and iconic Olympians. The employees are just frustrated,” he said.

The Assistant Secretary of the Sydney branch said employees will refuse to work on the newly-appointed ferry.

Ferry McFerryface was Sydney-the second most popular choice after the now famous jokey Mc moniker, speed limit McBoatface, the government said Tuesday.

This undated drawing shows the design of the last boat in a new Port of Sydney fleet, which will be christened Ferry McFerryface.

(Transport for NSW via AP)

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Officials overruled the trend-setting favorite name which was rejected by the British officials last year as the name of a new polar survey ship, NSW Transport Minister Andrew said Constance.

The British ship was eventually christened Sir David Attenborough in honor of the naturalist and broadcaster, although one of the remotely-operated submarines was called speed limit McBoatface.

“Given ‘speed limit’ was already occupied by another ship, we have gone with the next most popular name will be nominated by the Sydneysiders,” Constance said in a statement. “Ferry McFerryface will be the port’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile on the faces of the visitors and the local population,” he said.

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Ferry McFerryface joins the ranks of the Trainy McTrainface, a Swedish express train, and Horsey McHorseface, a Sydney race horse, after an international online trend started by a suggestion from a former BBC radio host.

Sydney residents have been asked for the past year to the name of the six new ships by the Name of Your Ferry website, and more than 15,000 responded. The rest is named after prominent Australians Bungaree and Pemulwuy and doctors Victor Chan, Catherine Hamlin, and Fred Hollows.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the News.com.au

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