Ocracoke to mainland ferry routes suspended as a result of shoaling

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The Silver Lake ferry docks. NCDOT picture.

The N.C. Division of Transportation’s Ferry Division is suspending all service on Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke by Monday, April 12 as a result of worsening shoaling points within the ferry channel simply outdoors of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.

Shoaling happens when sand and sediment fill right into a ferry channel, making water depths too shallow and the channel too slim for protected operation of the ferry system’s vessels.

The U.S. Military Corps of Engineers continues to work within the Bigfoot Slough channel to clear the shoaling. The Ferry Division will reassess channel circumstances on Monday and decide on whether or not to renew service at the moment.

For up-to-the-minute info on schedule modifications on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes, please comply with @NCFerryPamSound on Twitter.

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