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Cape May-Lewes Ferry set to resume operations

January 10, 2018
Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced the Delaware Bay ferry service will begin operations Thursday, Jan. 11, starting with the 10:30 a.m. departure from Cape May, N.J. Ferry service has been closed due to extreme ice conditions in the Delaware Bay.  
 
“These past few days, Mother Nature has provided some relief with higher temperatures and much calmer winds,” said Jennifer Shivers, assistant director of business operation for Cape May-Lewes Ferry. “The tugboat, Northstar Integrity, really helped to break up the ice.  Conditions are improving and given the weather forecast, we expect to resume service across the Delaware Bay.” 
 
Due to expected low water and the potential for ice accumulation overnight and into the early morning hours Jan. 11, the first round trip (7 a.m. leaving Cape May and 8:45 a.m. departing Lewes) is cancelled.
 
Shivers added that normal operations are anticipated for Friday, Jan. 12.  “Given the unpredictable nature of weather, we suggest that travelers who plan to use the Cape May-Lewes Ferry confirm that we are operating before coming here,” she said. “Any service delay or cancellation will be updated on both our website and social media outlets.”
 
While the seven-day closure of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry due to ice is significant, it is not the longest in the ferry’s history. The ferry service was shut down due to extreme ice conditions during a bitter cold weather outbreak from Jan. 11 through Feb. 25, 1977.
 
Travelers who plan to use the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are urged to call the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Guest Services Center at 800-64-FERRY (3779), go to cmlf.com or follow Cape May-Lewes Ferry on Facebook and Twitter for the latest departure information.