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Name the new SeaBus!

As promised in the November Buzzer, here are all the details for the Name the New SeaBus contest!

If you hadn’t heard, our third SeaBus will arrive in 2009, and we want you to name it. If your suggestion is picked, you’ll win three 3-zone Transit Passes, and a ride on the inaugural sailing! (The three passes will be for any three consecutive months you choose.)

Send us your name, phone number, and SeaBus name suggestion by midnight on November 21, using one of the following three methods:

A panel of judges will choose the best five names, and then the 5,000+ members of the TransLink Listens Online Advisory Panel will vote for the final choice. (Anyone can join TransLink Listens, so sign up at the website if you’re interested.)

Edit: Sadly enough, employees of TransLink, its subsidiaries, related companies, transit service contractors and the household members of any of the above are not eligible to participate in the Contest. You can see the official rules for more information.

So what are the names of the other two SeaBuses?

They are the Burrard Otter and the Burrard Beaver, and they have served the Lower Mainland for 31 years! The Burrard Otter was named for the animal you might see while crossing between Lonsdale Quay and Waterfront Station, while the Burrard Beaver was named in part for the historic steamship that served the coast between Portland and Vancouver until it ran aground in 1888.

The third SeaBus will start service alongside the Otter and the Beaver in late 2009. It will first take over service for each of the SeaBuses in turn, giving the Otter and the Beaver some time off to get upgraded and overhaul their engines. (All the while, SeaBus will maintain 15-minute service during peak periods.)

Then, when all three ferries are fully operational, weekday service will increase to 10-minute intervals during peak periods and 15-minute service at off-peak times, in anticipation of rising demand.

So pull out your dictionary and thesaurus! And remember, the ferry will be stuck with the name for a very long time!


  • By ;-), November 12, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

    I wonder if there is any support to name it the “Burrard Jhenifer”.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, November 13, 2008 @ 8:55 am

    Good God, could you imagine? Don’t you dare enter that name! :)

  • By Dan, November 18, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

    Hey, one of my best friends is a marine engineer at UBC and he helped design that SeaBus. I think he and his team should get first dibs on judging the entries!

    And, yes, it should contain the word “Burrard” along with only one other word, except maybe the words “of” and “the” in order to conform the the previously used naming conventions. (Spirit of Burrard or something similar to the conventions BC Ferries uses.)

  • By Elmware, November 23, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

    I think it would be funny i.f they named the new seabus The Burrard Platypus because the Platypus looks sorta like a Beaver or Otter crossed with a duck.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, November 24, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    @Elmware, I hope you enter that name! You never know, it might get picked.

  • By Koko, December 1, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

    Burrard Sea Lion.

    It crosses the Burrard Inlet, goes with the whole “cute furry sea mammals” theme and you “See the Lions” on the crossing! “Could call it the “Burrard ‘See’ Lion” too.

  • By Burt, December 1, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    I sent in my suggestion for Burrard Orca
    has the right ring to it.
    and they could scheme the colours black and white. the cockpit of the seabus kind of looks like the fin of the orca

  • By Freddie, December 13, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    so whats the winning name?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 15, 2008 @ 9:05 am

    I just asked and they said the name will be announced in January. I’m going to be able to publish the name in the Jan 16 Buzzer, so it’ll definitely be announced before then!

  • By Freddie, December 15, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

    do u know when they will be notifying the person who won the contest and got their name chosen?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 16, 2008 @ 9:26 am

    The winner will be notified in January.

  • By Jason V, December 21, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

    I sooo wanted to enter the following names. Unfortunately, I did not enter in time!

    Burrard Water Buffalo
    Burrard Hopskipnajump
    Burrard Puddle Jumper
    Burrard Buzzskipper
    Burrard Smogbuster
    Burrard Speedy Timely Turtle
    Burrard Gridhopper
    Burrard Happy Frog

  • By Joe the Plumber, January 8, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

    have they notified the winning entrant yet?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 9, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    No, not yet. Apparently they’re still planning an event to officially name the winner, so none of us are going to know until that gets done :(

  • By adele, January 10, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    have they posted anything, anywhere on the progress of the “name the new seabus” contest? it seems like it just disappeared.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 12, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    Hi Adele,

    Sorry if it seems like the contest has disappeared! The SeaBus contest has now closed and the marketing department is now putting together an event to announce the name and notify the winner. They’re saying it will happen within the next couple of months. I’ll keep you posted as to the exact date though.


  • By Jane the Plumber, February 6, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    any new updates on the contest and when the winner will be notified?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 6, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    Jane, what good timing! We are about to release the name of the new SeaBus. Just have to wait until our media relations staff gets the press release in order… but I will be able to tell you today!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 6, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    The post is now up! Check it out!

  • By Marco, February 16, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    I am surprised that they are not recognizing the other 5 contestants who submitted the 5 “runner-up” names, especially considering that there were over 1,200 total names submitted!

    Personally, I think they should recognize these other 5 too.

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