Ocracoke Passenger ferry resumes operations; Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry returns to regular schedule

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The Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicular ferry, in addition to the Ocracoke Categorical passenger ferry, resumed full service on Thursday after the departure of Hurricane Isaias. NCDOT picture

The Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicular ferry, in addition to the Ocracoke Categorical passenger ferry, resumed full service on Thursday after the departure of Hurricane Isaias, per an replace from the N.C. Ferry Division.

Hyde County’s re-entry restrictions have been lifted for guests on Wednesday, nevertheless, the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry needed to run on a diminished schedule as a way to transfer their moored vessels again into place as soon as the storm had handed.

A one-boat schedule continues to be in place for the Pamlico Sound ferries that join Ocracoke to Swan Quarter and Cedar Island, attributable to shoaling in Bigfoot Slough exterior of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal. With the intention to safely run further ferries, water ranges within the channel should be not less than 9 ft deep, and presently, depths in some areas are lower than eight ft.

Bigfoot Slough is a federal channel maintained by the Military Corps of Engineers. The N.C. Division of Transportation has urgently requested the Corps to carry out emergency dredging operations within the space, calling the channel “a necessary provide chain for commerce, tourism and items for Ocracoke Island.”

The schedule for Ocracoke’s Pamlico Sound routes might be as follows till additional discover:

Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m.
Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m.
Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 1:30 p.m.
Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: four:30 p.m.

For extra data on the Ocracoke Categorical Passenger ferry service, together with a schedule of departure instances and on-line reservations, go to https://www.ncdot.gov/travel-maps/ferry-tickets-services/Pages/passenger-ferry.aspx.

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