RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry
Division is taking part in security exercise drills on Wednesday, involving its
ferry terminals at Cherry Branch, Minnesott Beach, Pamlico River and Cedar
Island. All vessels assigned to those routes will also be involved.
The exercise is NOT taking place in response to any threat
to the ferry vessels, terminals or any other transportation venue or facility, but
rather as a learning exercise to assist in making North Carolina ferries safe
for the traveling public. Similar drills have been taking place within the
Ferry Division over the last few years.
The Ferry Division and its staff will be partnering with the
Transportation Security Administration's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response
team, Craven and Carteret County Sheriff departments and emergency services, and
the United States Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. This is an exercise in
which local and federal agencies work together to supplement existing security