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12/5/2016: 2017 North Carolina Ferry Schedules Released

2017 North Carolina Ferry Schedules Released

Posted 12/5/2016 2:03:01 PM

(Manns Harbor) – North Carolina residents and visitors planning trips to the N.C. Coast in the new year can now find and print the 2017 N.C. Ferry Schedules online. Residents and visitors will find most of the schedules the same as they were this year, with one notable exception: an extension of the spring schedule on the Ocracoke-Hatteras route.  The extended, “shoulder season” schedule will be run from the week before Easter (April 11) to the beginning of the full summer schedule (May 15). “There are two reasons for the extension,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “First, Easter is later in the year than it has been the past two years, and second, Ocracoke has established several shoulder season events that are drawing more visitors earlier in the season. We consulted with the organizers of those events and expanded the schedule to give them the service they need.” Printable copies of the Ferry System’s 2017 schedule are available on the Ferry System’s webpage. (NCDOT)
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11/30/2016: Applications for 2017 Ocracoke Vendor Priority Passes Now Available

Applications for 2017 Ocracoke Vendor Priority Passes Now Available

Posted 11/30/2016 10:57:58 AM

Hatteras – The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is now accepting applications for 2017 Vendor Priority Loading Passes on the Hatteras Inlet route.  Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2016, applicants must pay a $150 fee for the pass and be verified as a provider of regular commercial services to Ocracoke Island. The pass holder must also make at least 24 trips to Ocracoke annually. Applications can be found on the Ferry Division’s website or picked up at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal. Completed applications will take a minimum of one week for processing. Upon approval, the fees can be paid by cashier’s check or money order and the pass will be issued at the terminal. The new legislation does not affect the Ocracoke Resident Priority Passes, which are issued free to Ocracoke residents every three years. (NCDOT)
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11/14/2016: Ferry Dredge Manteo Successfully Completes First Assignment

Ferry Dredge Manteo Successfully Completes First Assignment

Posted 11/14/2016 10:33:43 AM

Ocracoke - The North Carolina Ferry Division’s new Dredge Manteo successfully finished its first assignment over the holiday weekend, clearing debris out of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry channel that was left behind by Hurricane Matthew last month. The dredging work re-opened a portion of the ferry channel near the Ocracoke-South Dock Terminal. More than 30,000 cubic yards of sediment were cleared away during six days of work. That allowed the ferry system to resume a regular schedule on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route last week. “The equipment and technology on Dredge Manteo worked just as we expected it to,” said Ferry Division Assistant Director Jed Dixon. “We look forward to having it help keep our ferry channels open and safe for many years to come.” The dredge was delivered to the Ferry Division and christened by Governor Pat McCrory earlier this year. Its next job will be routine upkeep of the Ferry System’s Cape Fear River channel between Southport and Fort Fisher. (NCDOT)
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6/29/2016: Passenger Ferry Study Released At DOT Board Meeting

Passenger Ferry Study Released At DOT Board Meeting

Posted 6/29/2016 9:24:25 AM

Raleigh - Summer congestion on the North Carolina Ferry Division’s Hatteras route could be significantly relieved by two passenger-only ferries, according to the results of a study done for the state. The Ferry Division unveiled those results today at the Board of Transportation’s Multi-Modal committee meeting in Raleigh. The study by infrastructure engineering company Volkert recommends two 100-passenger ferries making eight round-trips a day between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village. It also recommends a $15 round-trip toll, as well as a transit loop run by Hyde County to take visitors from the terminal through Ocracoke Village and to various island attractions such as the lighthouse and the National Park Service’s Pony Pens. “We want to thank Volkert for the time and effort they put into this study,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “It is a very thorough and comprehensive document that lays out the opportunities and challenges we face at Hatteras in the summer travel season. It gives us many things to consider as we move forward.” The study involved a year-long look at ferry service between Ocracoke and Hatteras, and included several meetings with local residents, as well as passenger surveys during the peak of the summer. The study also included a trial run by the Provincetown III, a ferry that spends its summers taking passengers between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts. The study examined four other alternatives to relieve the Hatteras congestion problem, including a year-round dredging program to return to the original “short route”, an increased number of departures on the current route, encouraging walk-on passengers on the current route, and a passenger ferry to the Division’s South Dock Terminal.  The study concluded that the passenger ferry to Ocracoke Village would be the safest, most efficient option, and that 25 percent of current ferry riders would take the passenger ferry service and be willing to pay a $15 round-trip toll. The study notes that infrastructure improvements, including passenger terminals, parking areas, and pedestrian transit on Ocracoke are needed before any such service can begin. A full copy of the Passenger Ferry Feasibility Study is on the NCDOT website. ***NCDOT***
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The Provincetown III visits Ocracoke on a passenger ferry trial run in May 2015.
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1/31/2016: NCDOT Ferry Roanoke Returns To Hatteras After Saturday Grounding

NCDOT Ferry Roanoke Returns To Hatteras After Saturday Grounding

Posted 1/31/2016 3:28:04 PM

Hatteras – At approximately 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry System vessel M/V Roanoke ran soft aground on its way from Ocracoke to Hatteras while maneuvering around a dredge pipe in the vicinity of navigational aid 3 in Barney Slough. The crew of the Roanoke immediately confirmed there were no injuries to the five passengers or the six crew members. Over the next few hours, several attempts were made to free the ferry from the shoal. The Ferry Division then contacted the United States Coast Guard Hatteras Inlet to assist in removing passengers from the Roanoke, and a USCG shallow water craft was dispatched to the scene to transport the passengers to Hatteras, where they were provided meals and accommodations if requested. As the tide rose, ferry crews were able to free the Roanoke from the shoal at 11:21 p.m, with the assistance of the tug Albemarle. The Roanoke then continued under its own power to Hatteras, where passenger vehicles were unloaded and secured. All vehicles were reclaimed as of 9 a.m. Sunday morning. No injuries, vessel damage or pollution has been reported. The United States Coast Guard will complete a full inspection of the Roanoke on Sunday before the ferry is returned to service. ***NCDOT***
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