Cape May-Lewes Ferry Carries Freight to Reduce People Crossing State Lines

For the first time in its history, the Cape May-Lewes ferry, traditionally used by vehicles and pedestrians, will be ferrying freight as well.

As every state works to keep COVID-19 from spreading, travel across state lines is discouraged. The Cape May-Lewes ferry has launched a pilot program to move packages and materials across the Delaware Bay between New Jersey and Delaware. The program is designed to minimize the need for people to move between the two states. Launched on Monday, April 27, the new program costs $15 regardless of the size of the package you send.

The service is available on the 9 a.m. Cape May departure and the 10:45 a.m. Lewes departure, and can be reserved ahead of time at 800.643.3779. Any size package will be considered, from small boxes to full pallets. It’s up to the sender to protect their package from the weather. ID will be required for dropoff and pickup.

“We expanded into the cartage business to provide our customers with the option to get supplies, materials and packages across the Delaware Bay without taking a round trip,” said Jennifer Shivers, Assistant Director of Ferry Operations.

The program may been broadened if demand dictates, ferry officials say. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry has been transporting passengers “with essential travel needs” on a reduced schedule. Only vehicle traffic may use the ferry– no pedestrians or bicycles– and travelers must stay in their cars during the crossing.

-Meg Walburn Viviano