Cancellations over weekend after Cape May-Lewes ferry vessel stalls in bay

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The schedule on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry was affected over the weekend by an apparent engine failure on one of its vessels.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority reported that a few Saturday and Sunday trips across Delaware Bay were canceled, but later reported the mechanical problem had been resolved. As of Monday morning, no sailings had been canceled.

Passengers were stranded for hours on Friday, due to engine problems on one of the vessels. The ferry was towed back into Cape May with passengers getting vouchers for future trips and free refreshments, media outlets reported.

The ferry has undergone cost-cutting efforts over the years that have reduced the size of is fleet. Vessels have also undergone engine upgrades that lessen pollution.

Ferries typically lose money and Cape May-Lewes is noexception. Previous studies have indicated that a bridge or bridge-tunnel across the bay from Lewes to Cape May is not feasible.

The River and Bay Authorityworks to promote tourism in both the Cape May and Coastal Sussex areas and hosts special events and sailings during the warmer months.

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