OCEAN CITY — A 320-foot ferry boat, mothballed since 2013 after it was retired from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet, will become part of a growing artificial reef system off the mid-Atlantic coast easily accessible from Ocean City.
The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) announced this week the ferry boat MV Twin Capes will be sold to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and eventually sunk as an artificial reef about 26 miles offshore in a reef site known as Del-Jersey-Land because it is equidistant from the Indian River Inlet in Delaware, Cape May in New Jersey and the Ocean City Inlet. The artificial reef site is about 26 miles southeast of the Indian River Inlet.
The MV Twin Capes was one of the three original ferries built in 1974 for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which has shuttled an estimated 45 million visitors back and forth between the two ports since its inception in 1964, including countless visitors to Ocean City and the Delaware beach resorts from destinations further north. The MV Twin Capes had a capacity to carry 895 people and 100 vehicles.