The Silver Lake ferry docks. NCDOT picture.
The N.C. Division of Transportation’s Ferry Division is extending the alternate schedule on Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke on account of continued shoaling points within the ferry channel simply outdoors of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.
The schedule via April 5, climate allowing, is as follows:
Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m., four:30 p.m.
Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m., four:30 p.m.
Shoaling happens when sand and sediment fill right into a ferry channel, making water depths too shallow and the channel too slender for protected operation of the ferry system’s largest vessels.
The U.S. Military Corps of Engineers’ Dredge Murden continues to work within the Bigfoot Slough channel to clear the shoaling, however dredging operations are depending on climate and tides. As soon as the dredging work is full and water depths and channel widths return to acceptable ranges, the Ferry Division will resume its common schedule on each routes.
For up-to-the-minute info on schedule modifications on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes, please observe @NCFerryPamSound on Twitter.