On Friday, June 15, DNREC (Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control) sank the retired passenger ferry mv Twin Capes at Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef off Cape May's coast, New Jersey.
The sinking of the vessel was carried out by Norfolk Virginia-based company Coleen Marine, which bought the vessel from DRBA (Delaware River and Bay Authority) in 2017 for the purpose of artificial reefing.
MV Twin Capes ship was built in 1975. It was one of the original 3 vessels of Delaware River and Bay Authority fleet. The ferry underwent a major USD 27 million drydock refit in 1996, including new superstructure and 4 additional decks, new restaraunts and lounges, wheelhouse, “shark-fin” smokestacks.
The vessel was sunk 130 ft below the Atlantic, 26 nautical miles off the coast. The decommissioned ship will provide fish habitat and attract divers and anglers.