The mission of the N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry Division is to provide safe, cost-effective and dependable service for the traveling public. The scope of the Ferry Division's Environmental Management System includes fueling and dredging operations.
The Ferry Division's environmental policy includes:
Continuing the Division's commitment to environmental stewardship and improvement, including a commitment to the prevention of pollution and the preservation of natural resources
Striving to meet or exceed relevant environmental legislation, regulations and other requirements
Providing a framework for setting and reviewing objectives and targets via the development of relevant procedures
Being cognizant of the ferry system's impacts to land, air and water resources as well as their inhabitants
Making the environmental policy available to the public, including those who work on behalf of the Ferry Division
Requiring Ferry Division employees whose work duties might significantly have an impact on the environment to review the Environmental Management System and become familiar with the ways that they can ensure environmental stewardship
The Ferry Division strives to be stewards of the environment. Since the implementation of the Environmental Management System in October 2006, the Ferry Division has been ISO:14001 compliant, the international standard for environmental compliance.
The Ferry Division has a goal of zero fuel spills. In the case of a spill, the Division has spill-response plans in place to contain and clean up any spill.
The Ferry Division needs to maintain ferry basins and approach channels to continue to provide public transportation.
The Dredge Manteo is used to maintain ferry basins and channels when depths become too shallow for safe ferry passage. All dredged material is pumped into a designated spoil site to reduce contamination to surface waters.