HaiSea Marine

Vessel Naming Contest

HaiSea Marine and LNG Canada invite members of the Haisla, Gitga’at, and Gitxaala communities to take part in a vessel naming competition for our new vessels that will soon operate in the coastal nation waters.

There will be 3 Harbour vessels that will operate at the LNG Canada Kitimat Terminal – these will be named by Haisla Nation.

In addition, there will be 2 Escort vessels which will be named by the communities which they will transit — 1 to be named by Gitga’at; and 1 to be named by Gitxaala Nation.


  • Thomas Robinson (Haisla)
  • Eva Duncan (Haisla)
  • David Shaw (Haisla)
  • Craig Windsor (Haisla)
  • Lis Anderson & Owen Gilbert (Gitgaat)
  • Phillip Gamble (Gitxaala)

The vessel names will be announced at a later date on Seaspan’s social media following the official vessel naming ceremony.

About the vessels

Electra class tug, quarter bow view

The three ElectRA 2800 harbour tugs that will operate in tandem at LNG Canada’s new export facility will be first-of-class battery electric tugs, designed to perform their regular ship-berthing and unberthing missions using battery electric power. The ElectRA 2800 harbour tugs will be 28 metres length, with approximately 70 tonnes bollard pull and approximately 5240 kWh of battery capacity.

Rastar class tug, quarter bow view

The two RAstar 4000-DF escort tugs will measure 40 metres in length, and with 100 tonnes of bollard pull will be the west coast of Canada’s most powerful escort tugs – and among the world’s most high-performance escort tugs – with the ability to generate indirect forces in escort of approximately 200 tonnes. In addition, the escort tugs will feature an exhaust after-treatment system in full compliance with IMO Tier III emissions standards, the most stringent emissions standards for the international marine industry.

Contest Dates

November 15, 2021

December 30, 2021

Winners Announced:
January 8, 2022

Contest Rules

  • Each Vessel will start with our company name “HaiSea”. An Example of a name to choose could be the “HaiSea Adventure”.
  • For safety reasons, Transport Canada has very strict ship naming rules. As vessels can originate from different countries, only letters from the Latin alphabet are used. Each registered vessel must have a unique name, which can be clearly said aloud or heard, especially over the radio.
  • The name you submit:
    • Must be unique, and understood clearly when said aloud
    • The name must not include characters, or numbers
    • The name must be no longer than thirty-three characters
    • The name must not include vessel acronyms, for example, “SV” for sailing vessel, or “FV” for fishing vessel
    • Can include an article such as “the”, “le”, “la”, “l’”, though we don’t consider this when approving a vessel name (for example, “THE HAPPY DOLPHIN” is the same as “HAPPY DOLPHIN”)
    • You must provide an authorization letter, if you are using the name of:
      • a famous person
      • a city or town in Canada


The winning contestants can select from a range of prizes, valued at $1,000, which will include:

  • iPads
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • Classroom prizes
  • Sponsored lunches
  • Gift cards (gas, store cards, grocery cards, etc.)

The prizes awarded will be age appropriate, determined by the winner’s age.

Enter Online

The contest is now closed.