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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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12/2/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Extends Peak Season Schedules In 2016

NCDOT Ferry Division Extends Peak Season Schedules In 2016

Posted 12/2/2015 11:59:40 AM

MANNS HARBOR - Summer travel season is getting a little longer on the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry System. The North Carolina Ferry Division released its 2016 schedules today, and while most 2015 departure times remained intact, the Ferry Division made a few adjustments to the timing of seasonal summer schedules after analyzing ridership data from previous years. Among the changes: Summer schedules were lengthened by four weeks on the two Pamlico Sound routes (Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke), now starting the first week of May and ending during the last week of September. The summer schedule was adjusted forward on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, starting later in the Spring (May 24), but ending later in the fall (October 10). “We are always taking a look at ridership patterns and adjusting our schedules accordingly,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “We’ve noticed more ridership on our Pamlico Sound routes in the spring, with passenger totals on the Hatteras route now staying strong into October. We’ve made a few changes in the schedule in an effort to meet that demand while remaining responsible with taxpayer dollars.” The only other 2016 schedule change is an added off-season weekend run on the Southport-Fort Fisher route. No changes were made to the Currituck-Knotts Island, Bayview-Aurora, or Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach routes. The complete 2016 schedule can be found online at http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule2016.pdf.(NCDOT)
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11/18/2015: Hatteras Ferry Route On Amended Schedule November 19

Hatteras Ferry Route On Amended Schedule November 19

Posted 11/18/2015 12:00:09 PM

HATTERAS - Due to a U.S. Coast Guard inspection of the M/V Ocracoke, the North Carolina Ferry System’s Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be on an amended schedule for Thursday, November 19. The schedule for November 19 will be as follows: Departures from Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 8, 9, 11, Noon, 2 p.m., 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, and midnight.Departures from Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, 12:30 p.m., 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. The route will resume its regular winter schedule on Friday, November 20. (NCDOT)
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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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