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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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11/18/2014: NC Ferry Crew Receives Governor's Award For Excellence In Safety And Heroism

NC Ferry Crew Receives Governor's Award For Excellence In Safety And Heroism

Posted 11/18/2014 9:36:46 AM

(RALEIGH) - A North Carolina ferry crew was honored on Tuesday, Nov. 18, with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Safety and Heroism for the September 2013 rescue of two people in rough seas off of Ocracoke Island. The crew received the award in an afternoon ceremony at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The rescue occurred on the evening of September 26, 2013 when John and Renee Hoffman of Black Mountain, NC were sailing in the waters of Big Foot Slough. Suddenly, deteriorating weather conditions caused their sailboat to capsize. "It all happened so fast", said John Hoffman. "The boat flipped and we were thrown into the water." Fortunately, the M/V Cedar Island was nearby, having just departed Ocracoke on its 8 p.m. run across Pamlico Sound. Captain Steven Goodwin maneuvered the Cedar Island into position and launched the ferry's 16-foot rescue boat, which crew members Glenn Salter and Daniel Smith piloted through 4-5 foot seas and 30 knot winds in the dark. Salter and Smith were able to pull the Hoffmans out of the water, and the rest of the crew brought them all back onto the ferry, where passengers already onboard the Cedar Island erupted into cheers. "We could not be more proud of this ferry crew," said North Carolina Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "Our crews are well trained to respond to emergency situations on the open water, and in this case that training and this crew's bravery saved two lives. These people deserve every bit of recognition they're getting today." Receiving the award are: Captain Steven Goodwin; Chief Engineer Gerry Gilliken; Oiler David Paul Styron; Crew Members Glenn Salter, Daniel Smith, and Randy Willis; and Mate Paul Morris.***NCDOT***
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[The crew of the M/V Cedar Island: From left to right: Ferry Crew Member Glenn Salter, Ferry Crew Member Daniel Smith, Oiler David Paul Styron, Ferry Crew Member Randy Willis, Captain Steven Goodwin, Chief Engineer Gerry Gilliken, Mate Paul Morris.] 
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6/9/2013: Two Ocracoke-Cedar Island Ferry Trips Canceled due to Mechanical Issues with MV Cedar Island

Two Ocracoke-Cedar Island Ferry Trips Canceled due to Mechanical Issues with MV Cedar Island

Posted 6/9/2013 8:59:55 AM

  MANNS HARBOR – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has canceled two Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry routes this afternoon due to mechanical issues with the MV Cedar Island. The 1 p.m. Ocracoke-to-Cedar Island and 4 p.m. Cedar Island-to-Ocracoke trips will not take place because there is not a ferry available. Travelers are encouraged to call the ferry terminal directly with questions about specific ferry routes or schedules.  Travelers can also call 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and Press 1 for up-to-date ferry information, or sign up to receive Tweets on their personal cell phones by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.   ***NCDOT***
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6/8/2013: Hatteras-Ocracoke Routes Canceled due to Mechanical Issues

Hatteras-Ocracoke Routes Canceled due to Mechanical Issues

Posted 6/8/2013 8:59:02 AM

MANNS HARBOR – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division canceled five runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke today due to mechanical issues with one of the ferries. The 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. runs from Hatteras to Ocracoke are canceled, as was the 3 p.m. run earlier in the day. The 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. runs from Ocracoke to Hatteras are also canceled. Crews are working to resume operations as soon as possible.   Travelers are encouraged to call each ferry terminal directly with questions about specific ferry routes or schedules.  Travelers can also call 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and Press 1 for up-to-date ferry information, or sign up to receive Tweets on their personal cell phones by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.   ***NCDOT***
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