Hurricane Sandy, noaa

Construction has begun to replace the New Castle Pier destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

The replacement will cost $1.2 million and extend 170 feet out into the Delaware River.

Work on the pier should be wrapped up by the end of the year.

City Administrator Bill Barthel told the Wilmington News Journal that the new pier will allow the replica of Kalmar Nyckel from the 1600’s and other vessels to dock in the city.

The paper reports that the new pier has spurred renewed discussion about reviving ferry traffic between New Castle and Pennsville in New Jersey.

Fire on Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Sep 26, 2014
Cape May-Lewes Ferry website

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - Officials believe an ember in the smokestack helped spark a fire aboard a Cape May-Lewes ferry.

The fire broke out with the Motor Vessel Delaware docked at the pier in Cape May around 2:20 a.m. Friday. No passengers were aboard the vessel.

Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman Jim Salmon says the only person on board, a night engineer, and the local fire department extinguished the fire.


OXFORD, Md. (AP) - The ferry between Oxford and Bellevue will begin operating again this year in time for the Easter weekend.

The Easton Star Democrat reports the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service will start its 2014 season on Friday. The ferry was founded in 1683 and will commemorate its 331st birthday in November. It crosses an inlet on the Chesapeake Bay near Easton.

Captains Tom and Judy Bixler of Oxford have owned the ferry for the past 13 years. The crew is mostly made up of students and retirees.

Cape May Ferry logo

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware River and Bay Authority officials hope upgrades to the Cape May-Lewes ferry will help boost ticket sales.

The Cape Henlopen was rechristened on Monday. Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke says renovations to three of the four vessels in the fleet include improved seating for customers, Wi-Fi access, flat-panel televisions, new floors and an improved concession stand. The renovations cost about $800,000.

Ferries carried 779,000 passengers between Cape May and Lewes in 2011, a third less than its ridership of 1.16 million 10 years earlier.


      The Delaware Department of Transportation could be looking at cutting door-to-door para-transit service for disabled residents.

     Agency secretary Shailen Bhatt indicated that serious reductions were expected during a Joint Finance Committee briefing yesterday…on the agency’s proposed $346 million budget.

     In addition…the troubled ferry in western Sussex…that crosses Nanticoke River southwest of Seaford…could also see some cuts.