News Releases

9/18/2014: NC Ferry Division Releases Fall & Winter Schedules For Hatteras Inlet

NC Ferry Division Releases Fall & Winter Schedules For Hatteras Inlet

Posted 9/18/2014 10:00:41 AM

(MANNS HARBOR) - With the shorter days, cooler air, and passing of peak tourist season on the coast, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be switching to a fall schedule on its popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route on Tuesday, September 23. The change will take the route from its summertime peak of 36 scheduled departures from both sides each day down to 30. The fall schedule will run through November 10. On November 11, the Hatteras Inlet route will adopt a winter schedule with 18 departures from both sides each day. "We are constantly evaluating traffic patterns and passenger loads to get the best bang for the taxpayer's buck," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "This intermediate fall schedule allows shoulder season traffic easy access to Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, while also allowing us to back off our peak season schedule a little earlier." In the past, the Hatteras Inlet route went directly from its summer schedule to its winter schedule in early October. Beginning September 23, the schedule for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be as follows: Departing Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 11, and midnight. Departing Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. Other ferry routes will be making seasonal schedule changes as planned. On September 30, the Cedar Island-Ocracoke route will be switching to its fall schedule, while the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher routes will be making the transition to their off-season schedules. Schedules for all seven North Carolina Ferry Routes can be found online at http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.***NCDOT*** 
Release Image
Click this image to view at original resolution

View on NCDOT.gov

8/7/2014: NCDOT Ferry System Embarks On Late Summer Photo Contest

NCDOT Ferry System Embarks On Late Summer Photo Contest

Posted 8/7/2014 3:14:32 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - Shutterbugs unite! NCDOT's Ferry Division is inviting photographers of all skill levels to take part in a late summer photography contest highlighting the vital connection between life in Eastern North Carolina and the North Carolina Ferry System. The contest began August 5 and will continue through October 10. "We look forward to seeing how our passengers capture the essence of North Carolina ferry travel," said Ferry Division Communication Officer Tim Hass. "We carry thousands of residents, visitors, commuters, and school kids across coastal waters every year, and we expect there will be an unlimited number of photographs that capture the unique experience of riding the North Carolina Ferry System." Entries will be divided into three categories: Ferries Of The Coast - Photos with an North Carolina Ferry as the main subjectOnboard Adventures - Photos taken while onboard a North Carolina FerrySeafaring Selfies - A picture taken of yourself or your group onboard a North Carolina Ferry All entries should be submitted via the contest page at http://www.ncdot.gov/ferry/photocontest/. Finalists will be selected by NCDOT, and winners will be chosen by a vote on the NC Ferry System Facebook Page. Winners in each category will receive a gift package of ferry memorabilia. ***NCDOT***
Release Image
Click this image to view at original resolution
[A woman glances out onto the waters of Hatteras Inlet from a North Carolina Ferry]
View on NCDOT.gov

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***
View on NCDOT.gov

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***
View on NCDOT.gov

6/8/2013: Ocracoke-Cedar Island Routes Suspended due to Mechanical Issues with MV Cedar Island

Ocracoke-Cedar Island Routes Suspended due to Mechanical Issues with MV Cedar Island

Posted 6/8/2013 8:58:11 AM

MANNS HARBOR – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has suspended normal operations on two ferry routes this afternoon due to mechanical issues with the MV Cedar Island. The 1 p.m. Ocracoke-Cedar Island and 4 p.m. Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes will not take place. 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***
View on NCDOT.gov