Photo News Release: Cape May – Lewes Ferry Transformed into a Firefighting Vessel
(N. Cape May, NJ) On May 8, Gloucester County’s Neptune Firefighting System and communications assets used the Cape May – Lewes Ferry vessel, MV Cape Henlopen, to conduct a four hour exercise in area of the Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse. The goal of the exercise was determine whether the mobile equipment could be used to transform the ferry into a firefighting vessel for incidents that may occur in the Delaware Bay and River. The Neptune Firefighting System is an integrated, modular, mobile pumping system that supplies 5,000 gallons per minute at 150 psi from open water sources without the need to pump from draft. Emergency responders were pleased with the demonstration and the capabilities of the system aboard the ferry vessel.
“We’re pleased that the Cape May – Lewes Ferry vessel proved to be effective as a firefighting vessel,” said James N. Hogan, Vice Chairman of the Delaware River and Bay Authority and former Emergency Management Coordinator for Gloucester County. “Should the unfortunate need arise, the ferry stands ready to assist the area’s first responders.”
Photo Caption – Neptune #1: Gloucester County Emergency responders prepare the Neptune Firefighting System for the test on the car deck of the MV Cape Henlopen as the vessel departs the Cape May canal.
Photo Caption – Neptune #2: The water cannon propelled an arc of water nearly 300 feet across the water for more than 30 minutes. The firefighting system provides access to open water sources that conventional draft pumps can never reach.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2011, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.