Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced that Stan Hansen of Lower Township, N.J., and Peter Dudley of Cape May, N.J., were promoted to the rank of captain effective Feb. 24. Hansen and 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 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 commercial fishing industry for 14 years. During this time, he owned and operated five successful commercial fishing vessels from 1979-89. Hansen joined the Cape May-Lewes Ferry operation in 1988 and was promoted to permanent mate 10 years later.
Dudley, who was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for the rescue of two sailors afloat on Delaware Bay in 2006, echoed the sentiment of his colleague. “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 1966-68. Following two years of service with Bay Ship Management, he 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,” said Helm. “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. Dudley and Hansen possess a United States Coast Guard Inland Masters License of unlimited tonnage, an unlimited radar license, and a Federal Communications Commission Marine Radio Operators license. These men have undergone numerous USCG exams and have spent many years at sea to achieve the level of master.
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 July 1, 1964. For schedules, rates and other program information, go to www.CMLF.com or call toll free 800-643-3779.