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12/17/2014: Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry To Go Offline December 20-21

Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry To Go Offline December 20-21

Posted 12/17/2014 2:13:37 PM

(CURRITUCK) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division announced today that its Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route will suspend operations December 20-21 in order to perform scheduled maintenance on the M/V Hunt. Work will begin on Saturday morning and is expected to be complete by Sunday afternoon, if not sooner. For updates on the repairs and resumption of service, please call the Currituck Ferry Terminal at (252) 232-2683, or follow ferry updates on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry. The Currituck-Knotts Island route will resume its full schedule on Monday, December 22. ### 
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12/5/2014: NCDOT Ferry Division Releases 2015 Schedule

NCDOT Ferry Division Releases 2015 Schedule

Posted 12/5/2014 5:28:47 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) – After reviewing traffic patterns and consulting with stakeholders across Eastern North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today released its 2015 schedule. The new schedule is a reflection of the Ferry System’s commitment to reliable passenger service as well as to responsible management of taxpayer money.Significant changes from the 2014 Schedule include: Elimination of lightly traveled night runs on the Pamlico River between Bayview and Aurora. The changes were made after consulting with officials at PCS Phosphate Corporation, whose employees comprise a majority of traffic on the Pamlico River route.Moving one winter Pamlico Sound departure from Cedar Island to Swan Quarter. The change will give each destination three daily round trips to Ocracoke. Summer schedules will remain the same, with six round trips from Cedar Island and four from Swan Quarter.“This new schedule gives us the best possible service for the money available,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “As much as we hate to eliminate any ferry runs, many of those night runs on the Pamlico River had little or no traffic. Eliminating those runs will save the Ferry System hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.” The complete 2015 Ferry Schedule can be found at http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/2015Schedules.pdf. All new schedules will take effect on Thursday, January 1, 2015. **NCDOT**
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11/18/2014: NC Ferry Crew Receives Governor's Award For Excellence In Safety And Heroism

NC Ferry Crew Receives Governor's Award For Excellence In Safety And Heroism

Posted 11/18/2014 5:19:13 PM

(RALEIGH) - A North Carolina ferry crew was honored on Tuesday, Nov. 18, with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Safety and Heroism for the September 2013 rescue of two people in rough seas off of Ocracoke Island. The crew received the award in an afternoon ceremony at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The rescue occurred on the evening of September 26, 2013 when John and Renee Hoffman of Black Mountain, NC were sailing in the waters of Big Foot Slough. Suddenly, deteriorating weather conditions caused their sailboat to capsize. "It all happened so fast", said John Hoffman. "The boat flipped and we were thrown into the water." Fortunately, the M/V Cedar Island was nearby, having just departed Ocracoke on its 8 p.m. run across Pamlico Sound. Captain Steven Goodwin maneuvered the Cedar Island into position and launched the ferry's 16-foot rescue boat, which crew members Glenn Salter and Daniel Smith piloted through 4-5 foot seas and 30 knot winds in the dark. Salter and Smith were able to pull the Hoffmans out of the water, and the rest of the crew brought them all back onto the ferry, where passengers already onboard the Cedar Island erupted into cheers. "We could not be more proud of this ferry crew," said North Carolina Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "Our crews are well trained to respond to emergency situations on the open water, and in this case that training and this crew's bravery saved two lives. These people deserve every bit of recognition they're getting today." Receiving the award are: Captain Steven Goodwin; Chief Engineer Gerry Gilliken; Oiler David Paul Styron; Crew Members Glenn Salter, Daniel Smith, and Randy Willis; and Mate Paul Morris.***NCDOT***
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[The crew of the M/V Cedar Island: From left to right: Ferry Crew Member Glenn Salter, Ferry Crew Member Daniel Smith, Oiler David Paul Styron, Ferry Crew Member Randy Willis, Captain Steven Goodwin, Chief Engineer Gerry Gilliken, Mate Paul Morris.] 
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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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