Name your Tugs Competition

Published: Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 4:58:26 PM

Help name Geraldton Port's new tug boats

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan is calling on the Mid West community to help name Geraldton Port's new fleet of tug boats, the first of which will be on the water from Autumn 2020. 

As part of a non-exclusive license for towage services with Mid West Ports Authority (MWPA), Svitzer Australia is due to deliver three state-of-the-art tugs throughout 2020.

To help name the new vessels, MWPA and Svitzer have teamed up to launch the “Name your Tugs” competition.

Minister MacTiernan encouraged the Mid West community to get involved in the unique opportunity.

"This is a great chance to be part of our maritime history by having your winning name displayed on the side of a very visible and key Port vessel for many years," she said.

"We're looking forward to seeing the Mid West at its creative best in this competition."

Svitzer Australia’s new General Manager – West, Jodie Ransom invites the community to put forward their ideas for the names of the three new tugs.

“Svitzer has been part of the Mid West community for more than 30 years, and we are really pleased to invite the local community including our crew and MWPA employees to name the newest tugs in our fleet.

“The naming and celebration of a new vessel is an important maritime tradition. This is a great opportunity to involve our local community and offer a closer look at the Port.”

Two winners will be chosen from entries by Mid West residents, the third winner will be chosen from MWPA staff and Svitzer Geraldton crew entries.

“The winners will be invited to join us at the Port for the official naming ceremony next year. We’re excited to again to be working with Svitzer Australia to provide this opportunity,” MWPA Chief Executive Rochelle Macdonald announced.

Entry details are as follows:

Open to: Residents of the Mid West community. 

Details: Community members can submit their entry by emailing

We also encourage you to share the name you submitted on social media by using the hashtag #geraldtontugboats as well as tagging @mid_west_ports and @Svitzerau on Instagram. 

Prize: The community winners will have their chosen name immortalised on the side of one of the new tug boats and will be invited to attend the naming ceremony next year.

The competition will close on 24 November 2019.

The naming ceremony will take place after all three tug boats have arrived at the Port of Geraldton next year.

For enquiries or more information, phone (08) 9964 0533 or email

Competition Terms and Conditions 

  • “Name your Tugs” competition is run by Mid West Ports Authority (MWPA) and Svitzer Australia.
  • The competition runs from Monday 6 November 2019 and entries close on Sunday 24 November 2019 at midnight (WST).
  • Eligible entries are to be submitted to with name, address and contact number.
  • The competition is only open to the following:
    1. Mid West community members
    2. MWPA employees
    3. Svitzer Geraldton employees
  • Three names for the new tug boats will be selected from the entries by the Svitzer Australia and Mid West Ports Authority judging panel.
  • Svitzer Australia has the final decision on the names of the new vessels. 
  • The winners of the competition will be notified by email and phone, and published on social media on Tuesday 3 December.
  • The winner will have the opportunity to attend the naming ceremony for the new tugs. Date of ceremony will be confirmed and will be set at the discretion of MWPA and Svitzer Australia.

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