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DRBA to Sell MV Twin Capes Ferry for Reefing

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MV Twin Capes; Photo Credit: DRBA MV Twin Capes; Photo Credit: DRBA

CAPE MAY, N.J.- The Delaware River & Bay Authority says the MV Twins Capes ferry vessel has been purchased by Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control to be converted into an artificial reef off the state's Atlantic coast to provide a marine habitat and recreational opportunities for boaters.

The DRBA searched for a buyer of the ferry for over five years, hoping to turn the ferry into an artificial reef. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control purchased the ferry last week for $200,000. The department says it plans to begin preparations to sink the ferry in 2018 onto the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef 26 miles off the Delaware and New Jersey coast.

"The Twin Capes is the one of the finest reefing candidates DNREC has ever seen, and as an artificial reef, it will be unparalleled as fish habitat and a spectacular dive for exploration," said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. "Adding the Twin Capes to Delaware’s artificial reef system is another investment in Delaware’s conservation economy by DNREC that also brings a trove of environmental benefits.”

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962.  The ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 45 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964.

In 2016, the ferry service, which connects Cape May, N.J. and Lewes, Del., transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.

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