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1/18/2017: Dredge Manteo Returning to Ocracoke

Dredge Manteo Returning to Ocracoke

Posted 1/18/2017 2:16:45 PM

(Ocracoke) - The North Carolina Ferry System’s Dredge Manteo will be headed back to Ocracoke Thursday to repair severe shoaling in the ferry channel near the South Dock Terminal. Dredging will likely begin Sunday, with service interruptions on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route possible beginning this weekend and into next week. “The dredge cleared the channel back in November,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “But in the past two months, rapid shoaling has nearly filled it back in. We need to make these emergency repairs immediately while we pursue a more permanent solution.” The Dredge Manteo will arrive on site Thursday night, and spend a day or two setting up before dredging operations begin. Dredging is expected to last about a week, with the Hatteras ferry route resuming normal operations after completion. To stay up to date on any schedule interruptions, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry. (NCDOT)
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Map showing the change in water levels at Ocracoke South Dock Ferry Terminal between November 9 (left) and January 3 (right). Blue and green indicates deeper water, red and orange indicates shallow water.
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1/12/2017: 2017 Hatteras Vendor Priority Passes Still Available

2017 Hatteras Vendor Priority Passes Still Available

Posted 1/12/2017 10:27:46 AM

(Hatteras) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division continues to accept applications for 2017 Vendor Priority Loading Passes on the Hatteras Inlet route. As of January 1, any vehicle wishing to use the priority loading lane must have a valid 2017 Priority Pass. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2016, applicants must pay a $150 fee for each 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. A business may purchase as many passes as they need to do business. 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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1/1/2017: Sport Fishing Boat Collides With Ferry In Hatteras Inlet

Sport Fishing Boat Collides With Ferry In Hatteras Inlet

Posted 1/1/2017 11:10:12 AM

(Hatteras) – At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, the sport fishing vessel Reel Deal collided with the North Carolina ferry M/V Stanford White in the Barney Slough area of Hatteras Inlet, as the ferry was on a scheduled run between Hatteras and Ocracoke. The captain of the M/V White immediately ordered the crew to check on ferry passengers and to render assistance to the Reel Deal. No injuries on either vessel were reported, and the ferry was not damaged. The M/V White then returned to Hatteras under its own power, while the Reel Deal was towed to a marina in Buxton. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified of the incident immediately and is conducting an investigation. (NCDOT)
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12/21/2016: 2016 Brings Stability, Storms and New Service to N.C. Ferry Division

2016 Brings Stability, Storms and New Service to N.C. Ferry Division

Posted 12/21/2016 12:48:01 AM

(Manns Harbor) - The North Carolina Ferry System met the challenges of two storm-based evacuations, found stability through new legislation and took the first steps toward establishing new passenger ferry service during a very busy and productive 2016. “This was a very good year for the Ferry System,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “Under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory, we’ve ended years of tolling uncertainty and solved the issue of funding ferry replacement. We’re developing a new passenger ferry service for Ocracoke that will alleviate our summertime congestion problems. And we quickly and efficiently got thousands of North Carolina residents and visitors out of harm’s way when storms threatened the coast.” A look back at the Ferry Division’s year reveals several major milestones that put both the importance and potential of the state’s ferry system on full display. This year’s state budget, signed by Governor McCrory, ended years of uncertainty over ferry tolls by keeping all four of the system’s untolled routes free to the public. In addition, it provided for a recurring expenditure of $4 million per year to replace aging ferry vessels. The budget also provided a one-time expenditure of $3.5 million to establish a passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke’s Silver Lake terminal. Planning for the passenger ferry service, which also received a National Park Service grant, is already underway, with a projected start date in the summer of 2018. Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew impacted the North Carolina coast this year, resulting in the mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke Island. Over the course of those two emergencies (one during the busy Labor Day weekend), North Carolina ferries carried 3,251 passengers and 1,447 vehicles to safety. In addition, the N.C. Ferry Division christened its new, state-of-the-art Dredge Manteo in May and opened a new terminal/visitors center in Currituck in August. A heroic ferry crew rescued boaters from a charter boat fire near Swan Quarter in July. Looking ahead to 2017, the N.C. Ferry Division will celebrate its 70th Anniversary, open a new terminal/office building at Cherry Branch and start construction on new facilities at Hatteras and Ocracoke in anticipation of passenger ferry service beginning in 2018. “The Ferry Division charted a new course in 2016,” said Goodwin. “I think the people of North Carolina are going to like where we’re going.” (NCDOT)
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12/5/2016: 2017 North Carolina Ferry Schedules Released

2017 North Carolina Ferry Schedules Released

Posted 12/5/2016 10:21:15 AM

(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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