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4/15/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division To Hold Open Houses, Ship Tours During Passenger Ferry Visit

NCDOT Ferry Division To Hold Open Houses, Ship Tours During Passenger Ferry Visit

Posted 4/15/2015 2:33:06 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - When the Provincetown III visits the Outer Banks May 4-5, it could be a glimpse into the future of a new type of ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. During that visit, NCDOT Ferry Division officials are offering members of the public a chance to tour the ship for themselves and provide valuable feedback as they study the idea of passenger service between the two villages. The Provincetown III is a catamaran-style passenger ferry that works in the Caribbean over the winter and between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts in the summer. The ship will make a stop in North Carolina on its way back north as part of a state feasibility study into passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. On May 4, the Provincetown III will run several sea trials between Hatteras and Ocracoke, then dock at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal to be available for public tours between 4 and 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Ferry Division will hold an open house meeting at the adjacent Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum from 5-7 p.m. to allow members of the public to ask questions and make comments about potential passenger ferry service. On May 5, the ship will conduct further sea trials, then dock at Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke. Members of the public will be again be allowed to tour the ship between 4-7 p.m., while the Ferry Division conducts another open house meeting between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Ocracoke School gymnasium. "This is the public's ferry system, and establishment of passenger ferry service would be a significant change to that system," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We hope that people will turn out to take a look at the ship and give us any feedback they have on any aspect of this idea." NCDOT has hired the consulting firm Volkert to conduct a feasibility study on passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as an alternative to the car ferries now running the route. The study is scheduled to be completed by December, 2015.(NCDOT)
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4/10/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Sets June 5 Deadline For Ocracoke Business Priority Passes

NCDOT Ferry Division Sets June 5 Deadline For Ocracoke Business Priority Passes

Posted 4/10/2015 2:00:29 PM

(HATTERAS) - Summer is on its way, and with it comes the deadline for businesses and vendors serving Ocracoke Island to secure their 2015 Priority Passes for the Hatteras Inlet ferry. This year's application deadline is Friday, June 5. Vendors and businesses must verify that they are a provider of a service to Ocracoke and may apply for a priority pass if their company travels to Ocracoke at least twice a week, every week. An application must be obtained at the Hatteras Terminal, appropriately filled out and then approved by the Ferry Division before a sticker is issued and picked up by the vendor. The process to obtain the sticker takes at least one week and passes are canceled if the sticker is not picked up within three weeks of the application date. If a business misses the June 5 priority pass deadline, priority status will be decided on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please contact the Hatteras Terminal at 252-986-2353.((NCDOT))
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3/30/2015: NC Ferry Crew Rescues Boater Stranded On Neuse River

NC Ferry Crew Rescues Boater Stranded On Neuse River

Posted 3/30/2015 4:29:27 PM

(HAVELOCK, NC) - The crew of the NCDOT Ferry Divison's M/V Thomas A. Baum added some rescue duty to its 2 p.m. run between Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach Sunday, coming to the aid of a New Bern man whose sailboat had overturned in the Neuse River. The crew of the Baum overheard a radio call from the boater to the U.S. Coast Guard station at Fort Macon requesting immediate assistance. From the bridge of the Baum, Captain Wendell Hunnings and Mate Hal Gray were able to see the upturned hull of the sailboat approximately a half-mile away. After the captain turned the Baum toward the disabled boat, crew members Jeremy Dixon and Shawn Lewis launched the ferry's small rescue boat and sped toward the scene. Upon arriving, Dixon and Lewis pulled the boater, Daniel Roe of New Bern, North Carolina into the rescue boat, then attached a line onto the rigging of the sailboat and righted it. After determining that Roe was uninjured, they allowed him to climb back on board his boat. "I'm very grateful to the crew of the ferry," said Roe. "They really got me out of an extremely tough predicament." After the rescue boat returned to the M/V Baum, the ferry completed its scheduled run to Minnesott Beach. (NCDOT)
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2/20/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Adjusts Summer Schedule For Cedar Island-Ocracoke

NCDOT Ferry Division Adjusts Summer Schedule For Cedar Island-Ocracoke

Posted 2/20/2015 4:15:29 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - After studying Pamlico Sound traffic patterns and hearing from passengers wanting later evening departures from both terminals, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division has adjusted the summer schedule for its Cedar Island-Ocracoke route. "This schedule gives us greater efficiency during the day, and offers people on the mainland the chance to catch a ferry to Ocracoke after work, which is something they've been requesting," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We're confident that we will still have the capacity to get all of our Pamlico Sound passengers where they want to go in a timely manner." The new Cedar Island-Ocracoke summer schedule, effective May 19, will be as follows: Departing Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4, 6:30. Departing Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4, 9. Reservations on all Pamlico Sound routes are highly encouraged, especially during the summer months.(NCDOT)
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2/19/2015: NCDOT Signs Contract For Passenger Ferry Test Runs

NCDOT Signs Contract For Passenger Ferry Test Runs

Posted 2/19/2015 2:38:10 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - As part of its ongoing feasibility study on passenger ferry service, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with Bay State Cruise Company to charter the M/V Provincetown III for test runs of a potential passenger ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village on May 4-5, 2015. "These test runs will allow us to judge the feasibility of the route, duration of the voyage, fuel consumption, and other factors that will help us determine whether passenger ferry service is something that we can and should be offering," said NCDOT Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "It's all part of the due diligence required in the feasibility study." The Provincetown III is a catamaran-style ferry that is 98 feet long and carries 149 passengers. It services the Boston to Provincetown route in the summer and works in the Caribbean in the winter. The ship will be on its return voyage north when it stops in North Carolina. NCDOT commissioned a feasibility study on passenger ferry service late last year in an effort to solve summertime congestion issues on the Hatteras Inlet route. The study is being conducted by Volkert, an infrastructure engineering firm based in Mobile, Alabama. It is scheduled to be complete by December 2015. (NCDOT)
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(Caption: The Provincetown III) (Courtesty Bay State Cruise Company) 
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