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Cape May – Lewes Ferry Selects New Captains; Two Veteran Marine Employees Promoted
By JSalmon on 02/25/2013:  


Cape May – Lewes Ferry Selects New Captains
Two Veteran Marine Employees Promoted
(Cape May, NJ) Today, Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials announced that Stan Hansen of Lower Township, New Jersey and Peter Dudley of Cape May, New Jersey were promoted to the rank of Captain effective Sunday, February 24, 2013. Captain Hansen and Captain Dudley report to Port Captain Bryan Helm.   
“I’m honored that the Delaware River and Bay Authority selected me to be one of four Captains at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry,” said Stan Hansen who was hired as an Able-bodied Seaman at the Ferry in 1988. “I love the water and I take pride in providing the best possible service to our customers. I’m really excited with this tremendous opportunity.”
Prior to joining the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, Hansen worked in the area’s commercial fishing industry for fourteen years. During this time period, he also owned and operated five different successful commercial fishing vessels from 1979-1989. Hansen joined the Cape May – Lewes Ferry operation in 1988 and was promoted to permanent Mate ten years later.
Dudley, who was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for the rescue of two sailors afloat on the Delaware Bay in 2006, echoed the sentiment of his colleague, Captain Hansen. “I appreciate and welcome the chance to serve as a Captain aboard the Cape May – Lewes Ferry vessels,” Dudley said. “I really enjoy my work and I couldn’t ask for a better job!” 
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Dudley served as a Sergeant in the United States Army from 1966-1968. Following two years of service with Bay Ship Management, Dudley was hired as an Able-bodied Seaman at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry in 1995. Dudley has more than 40 years of maritime experience.
“Captains are the central figures in the maritime industry and crew members respect and adhere to that chain of command,” said Scott Green, Executive Director of the Authority. “At the Ferry, our captains lead the entire organization by example and seek to exceed our customers’ expectations every day. Peter and Stan fit that leadership mold.”
“Stan and Peter are well-respected marine professionals who know the Delaware Bay inside and out,” remarked Bryan Helm, Port Captain for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. “They are proven, successful leaders, possessing outstanding ship handling and navigational talents as well as strong interpersonal skills. Both men are a credit to the maritime profession and we’re fortunate to have them as part of our team.”
As the manager and leader of a marine operations crew, the Captain has full responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel and the safety of passengers and crew.  He is also responsible for compliance with all regulations applicable to the interstate marine transportation of vehicles and passengers.  Both Mr. Dudley and Mr. Hansen possess a United States Coast Guard Inland Masters License of unlimited tonnage, an unlimited radar license, and an FCC Marine Radio Operators license. These men have undergone numerous USCG exams and have spent many years at sea to achieve the level of Master.
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 40 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2012, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at, or call toll free, 800-643-3779.
Photo Captions:
Hansen_Captain: Authority Executive Director Scott Green, who is pictured with Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke, affixes the captain shoulder board to the uniform of Stan Hansen. Captain Hansen is one of four permanent Captains at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.
Dudley_Captain: Authority Executive Director Scott Green attaches the captain should board to the uniform of Peter Dudley. Captain Dudley, pictured next to Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations, has more than forty years of maritime experience.
Heath_Scott_newcaptains: Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke (far left) joins with Authority Executive Director Scott Green (far right) to congratulate new Captains at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, Stan Hansen and Peter Dudley.