Capt. Sharon Urban, First Female Permanent Captain in History of Delaware Bay Service

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Gets 1st Ever Female Captain

The Delaware Bay marks a mileston this week: the first woman has become a permanent female Captain of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

Sharon Urban was promoted to the rank of Captain Sunday, after nearly three decades in the marine industry and 23 years with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

“I love being on the water and I take pride in providing the best possible service for our customers and leading by example.  I’ve been in training for this position for 29 years, and it’s a tremendous opportunity.  I couldn’t ask for a better career!” says Urban.

Capt. Urban joined the ferry’s marine department as an Ordinary Seaman in 1997, rising through the ranks while picking up additional certifications and sea time. Before her most recent promotion, she held the rank of Pilot.

Now, she has full responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel, the safety of passengers and crew and compliance with all regulations applicable to the interstate marine transportation of vehicles and passengers. 

Cap. Urban now reports to Port Captain Derek Robinson, who praises her as a “well-respected marine professional.”

“Our Captains are more than vessel operators.  They set the tone of the operation, mentor crew members, and are responsible for providing our customers a quality experience every day.  Sharon was selected because she can meet the challenge.”

“We’re fortunate to have her as part of our team,” Robinson adds.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry transported nearly 1 million passengers and 275,000 vehicles between the Delaware Beaches and the resort town of Cape May, New Jersey last year.