OCRACOKE — The N.C. Division of Transportation’s Ferry Division introduced it’s working an alternate schedule on Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke attributable to important shoaling points within the ferry channel outdoors Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.
The altered ferry schedule by way of Tuesday, climate permitted, is as follows:
Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m. and four:30 p.m.Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m. and four:30 p.m.
In line with NCDOT, shoaling happens when sand and sediment fill right into a ferry channel, making water depths too shallow for protected operation of the ferry system’s largest vessels.
The U.S. Military Corps of Engineering’s dredge Murden is working within the Bigfoot Slough channel to clear the shoaling points, however dredging operations are depending on climate and tides. As soon as the dredging work is full and water depths return to acceptable ranges, the ferry division will resume its common schedule on each routes.
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