LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Cape May–Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials has hired Michael F. McNally of Corydon, Ky., as its new assistant director of ferry operations.
McNally was chosen as a result of a nationwide search, according to a press release. He has a “unique combination of marine expertise, project management experience, operational skills and leadership ability,” Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke said in a statement.
McNally will be responsible for strategic planning, project management, maintenance planning, capital projects, drafting and enacting standard operating procedures, and coordination of workforce training efforts, according to the release.
“I’m honored that the leadership team of the Delaware River and Bay Authority selected me to handle the responsibilities of assistant director of ferry operations,” McNally said in a statement. “I’m really excited to use my talents and experience to make a positive impact here. I will work hard to maintain the proud traditions of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. It’s a tremendous opportunity.”
McNally oversaw the construction of three riverboat casinos and sailed as mate and captain aboard high capacity passenger vessels for many years on the Ohio River. Immediately prior to joining the CMLF, McNally was the director of operations at the Evansville Vanderburgh County Building Authority where he was responsible for the management and construction of the new Ford Center, an 11,000 seat multi-use arena, according to the release.
A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Transportation, McNally holds a U.S. Coast Guard license as Unlimited Inland Master (Any Gross Tons) and Third Mate Oceans (Any Gross Tons).