LEWES, Del. — A 320-foot-long vessel that used to shuttle passengers between Delaware and New Jersey will be sunk in the ocean to become part of an artificial reef.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority says the MV Twin Capes is being sold to Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control so it can be turned into a man-made reef that will create habitats for sea life and new opportunities for boaters, anglers and scuba divers.

The ship will become part of the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef 26 miles off the cost of Delaware and New Jersey.

Some of the ship’s equipment and electronics are being removed so they can be resold.

The MV Twin Capes was a member of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet until it was mothballed in 2013.