2021 Ferry Naming Process & Schedule


The Commission has kicked off its process for naming the next ferry.
Proposals are due by October 8, 2021.

How to Propose a Name for the Next Ferry

In order for a ferry name proposal to be considered, it will take more than just a suggestion. A name proposal must:

  • Identify how it conforms to the guidelines set forth in the commission’s naming policy (see below)
  • Provides background on the proposed name, making a case for the proposal
  • Provides evidence of public support for the name, indicating the efforts undertaken to make the public aware of the proposed name, as well as providing the public comments gathered

Proposed ferry names must meet the following guidelines, per the Commission’s policy:

  • 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.
  • Consideration will be given for consistency with existing WSF fleet names.
  • Names should have broad familiarity, be non-offensive, and meet ethical standards.
  • Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should generally be avoided, but will be considered upon very careful review.  In these cases, the following guidelines will apply:
    • Individuals must be deceased for at least 20 years.
    • They must have enduring distinction and have played a significant historical role in the region and/or state.

How to Submit a Ferry Name Proposal

We have extended the deadline! Naming proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 and must be provided in both hard copy and electronic form as follows:
Hard copies are to be mailed to:

  • Washington State Transportation Commission
    PO Box 47308
    Olympia, WA 98504-7308
  • Electronic copies are to be emailed to: transc@wstc.wa.gov, indicating “Ferry Naming Proposal” in the subject line.

The Schedule for Naming the Next Ferry

Here are the key dates for the Commission’s 2021 ferry naming process:

  • October 8:  Naming proposals due
  • October 20 – November 19:  Eligible proposals reviewed by Washington State Ferries and the Ferry Advisory Committee Executive Council.  A survey of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) panel members will be conducted, and naming proposals will be posted on the Commission’s web site for comment.
  • December 14:  After reviewing all public comment and input gathered, the Commission selects new ferry name