MV New Jersey

The MV New Jersey is a passenger ferry vessel serving the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, a ferry system operated by the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA).

Originally built in 1974, the vessel measures 320 feet (98 meters) in length, has a beam of 68 feet (21 meters), a draft of 7 feet (2.1 meters), and a maximum capacity for 100 cars and 800 passengers.

The MV New Jersey is powered by two Electro-Motive Division (EMD) electric diesel engines and can reach a top speed of 16 knots.


  • 1996: Outdoor canopy added to third deck.
  • 1999: Finishes and seating were upgraded in the interior passenger lounge.
  • 2013: Carpeting and seating were replaced and upgraded in the main passenger lounge.
  • 2020: Underwent extensive renovations including the following
    • Replaced the original Fairbanks Morse 38D8-1/8 diesel engines with new electric diesel engines
    • Replaced steel bulkheads
    • Stripped and repainted the entire exterior of the vessel
    • Replaced all exterior windows
    • Fabricated new smokestacks
    • Modernized the passenger galley

Other details

  • IMO: 8643078
  • MMSI: 366914190
  • Callsign: WYU8550
  • Number of rafts: 4
  • Number of lifeboats: 2

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