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Cape May-Lewes Ferry implements new Freight Pilot Program

Delaware Public Media
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is now accepting freight for the first time in its history.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry carry freight across the Delaware Bay for the first time ever.

Travel on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is currently limited to vehicles only and reservations are required due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now the ferry is adding a new Freight Pilot Program.

“It’s designed to help customers move packages and materials across the Delaware Bay, while minimizing the need for individuals to travel themselves between the two states,” said Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) spokesman Jim Salmon. "It’s a pilot program. It’s available on two departures - the 9 a.m. from Cape May (NJ) and the 10:45 a.m. department from Lewes (DE).”

Salmon saysall size packages can be sent.


“There’s some regulations and rules people need to follow in order to facilitate this. But what we’re looking at is getting any kind of size package - from a small package to a full pallet is $15. And the Ferry personnel will help off-load your materials or packages,” said Salmon.

He says customers can “reserve” package space by calling 800.643.3779.  All drop offs will go through the toll booth, where packages will be digitally checked in with an ID check. People picking up freight will also go through the toll booth, where a toll booth operator will check package reservations and ID for verification.


Salmon says all freight is subject to K9 screening and if K9 screening is unavailable, packages may need to be opened for inspection.