November 5, 2021
Ferry Facts: What's Our Number?
Are You a Ferry Trivia Master?Some of us do what we do because we didn’t love working with numbers all that much, but numbers can tell fun and interesting stories. This week, in a break from the news, we’re offering a five-question quiz on some Ferry-related numbers that reflect different aspects of our business. Take the quick quiz below, and test yourself on Ferry Trivia. There are no prizes, just bragging rights. All answers are at the bottom.
1. Environment Trivia
New EV charging stations were just installed this year in Cape May and went live this month. If all charging stations at both terminals were in use at the same time, how many cars would be charging?
2. Traffic Trivia
Of all vehicles we carry, bicycles are the smallest. Although the year is not yet over, based on current traffic, how many bicycles do we expect to have carried onboard by year end 2021?
3. Food Trivia
How many warm super pretzels have been sold on board since January of this year?
4. Engineering Trivia
The M/V NJ just returned to service with new engines. Now, two of our boats have been repowered. What is the current horsepower of each?
___ NJ - 5,300; DE- 4,000; CH - 4,000
___ NJ - 5,300; DE- 5,300; CH -4,000
___ NJ - 4,000; DE-5,300; CH- 4,000
___ NJ - 4,000; DE-4,000; CH- 4,000
5. Marketing Trivia
The Cape May County Herald in NJ has 49,000 people who like their Facebook page (aka followers) and the Cape Gazette in DE has 44,000. Cape May MAC has 18,000 and Cape Henlopen State Park has 23,000. How many Facebook followers does the Ferry have?
1. Six. We have four charging stations -- two each in Cape May and Lewes, but the Lewes stations can only charge one car at a time, whereas the Cape May stations can charge two each at once.
2. 9K. From January through the end of October 2021, the Ferry has carried 9,602 bicycles. The bulk --95% -- came on board May through October with each warm weather month bringing more than 1.2K bikes on board. Closer to 2,000 bikes traveled each month from June through Sept. A few bikes are expected to board in November and December, but not enough to take us to 9,700 for the year unless we round up.
3. 48,750. Yes, that's a lot of pretzels! If each person who eats a pretzel only eats one, that means 8% of our passengers eat pretzels!
4. 5,300 for the NJ and 4,000 for the DE and CH. Historically, all three boats ran at 4K horsepower. When the DE was repowered, she had lower emissions, but still ran and runs at 4,000 horsepower. The NJ, our oldest lady in the fleet, is now also the most powerful.
5. 56,000. That's right, the Ferry has more Facebook followers than two local media outlets and more than two popular attractions on either side of the Bay. That reach helps us get messages out about everything from job openings to Ferry travel offerings and is considered a strong digital asset in the marketing arsenal.
Eco Numbers. Sticking with this week's theme, here are some interesting environmental numbers:
- 4,600. That's the age of the world's oldest trees and they grow in the U.S.
- < 4%. The amount of original American forests that remain today.
- 27,000. World-wide, 27K trees are cut down each day to produce toilet paper.
- 25 Trillion. The amount of Sytrofoam cups discarded in the U.S. annually.
- 2100. <80 years from now -- the year the world's rainforests may become extinct if they continue to be cut down at the current rate of 100 acres per minute.
- 1,457. The pieces of litter you will see on average if you walk a mile on a US Highway.
- 1,000,000. The amount of sea animals killed annually from ingesting or becoming entangled with plastics in the water.