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5/3/2016: NCDOT Ferry Division Participating in Security Exercise May 4

NCDOT Ferry Division Participating in Security Exercise May 4

Posted 5/3/2016 4:14:14 PM

(Manns Harbor) - On Wednesday, May 4, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will be participating in a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) security exercise. The exercise will be held in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Craven and Carteret County sheriffs departments and emergency services, the United States Coast Guard, ferry terminals at Cherry Branch, Minnesott Beach, Bayview, Aurora, and Cedar Island, and all ferry vessels attached. This is an exercise in which local and federal agencies work together to supplement existing security resources. This program has been implemented across various transportation modes and at many facilities across the nation over the last several years. The exercise is not taking place in response to any threat to the homeland, the terminals, ferry vessels, or any other transportation venue or facility. For more information, please contact NCDOT Ferry Division Company Security Officer George Bryson at (252) 241-0233. (NCDOT)
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4/15/2016: NCDOT Ferry Division Adjusts Summer Schedules

NCDOT Ferry Division Adjusts Summer Schedules

Posted 4/15/2016 2:21:37 PM

(Manns Harbor) -  The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today announced two adjustments to its summer season schedules, which will begin May 3 on the popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route and May 24 on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes. During summer season, the Hatteras route goes from 18 to 36 daily departures on each side, Cedar Island goes from three to five daily departures, and Swan Quarter goes from three to four. The date for the two Pamlico Sound routes to switch to a summer schedule was originally May 3, but traffic patterns and reservation data shows little need for the extra runs until schools start letting out for the summer. “Shoulder season is getting stronger every year,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin, “but our traffic data shows that most of that early season traffic comes from the Hatteras side and not from Pamlico Sound. By making these adjustments, we’ll be able to meet that early season demand without running empty boats.” The Ferry Division has also announced an amended schedule for summer Sundays on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, running 30 departures from each side on Sundays through October 9. The schedule change will allow ferry crews to complete weekly training mandated by the US Coast Guard. Sundays were selected because they are the least traveled day on that route. To view or download all ferry schedules for 2016, go to (NCDOT)
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4/8/2016: NCDOT Ferry Division Sets May 13 Deadline For Ocracoke Business Priority Passes

NCDOT Ferry Division Sets May 13 Deadline For Ocracoke Business Priority Passes

Posted 4/8/2016 11:02:28 AM

(Hatteras) - The busy summer season is just around the corner, and with it comes the deadline for businesses and vendors serving Ocracoke Island to secure their 2016 Priority Passes for the Hatteras Inlet ferry. This year’s application deadline is Friday, May 13. Vendors and businesses must verify that they are a provider of a service to Ocracoke Island and may apply for a priority pass only if the company travels to Ocracoke twice a week, every week. An application must be obtained at the Hatteras Terminal, appropriately filled out and then approved by the Ferry Division before a sticker is issued and picked up by the vendor. The process to obtain the sticker takes at least one week and passes are canceled if the sticker is not picked up within three weeks of the application date. If a business or vendor misses the May 13 priority pass deadline, priority status will be decided on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please contact the Hatteras Terminal directly at 252-986-2353. (NCDOT) 
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3/3/2016: N.C. Ferry Crew Receives Meritorious Service Award From Coast Guard

N.C. Ferry Crew Receives Meritorious Service Award From Coast Guard

Posted 3/3/2016 3:00:49 PM

RALEIGH - The crew of the NCDOT Ferry M/V Silver Lake was honored today with a Meritorious Public Service Award from the United States Coast Guard for the crew’s actions in rescuing a father and son whose boat had overturned in Swan Quarter Bay. “The bravery and acts of heroism are a testament to the professionalism and caliber of the Motor Vessel Silver Lake crew," said Coast Guard Acting Sector Commander Benjamin Cooper. “The father and son are alive today as a direct result.” The incident occurred Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, as the Silver Lake’s was on its 9:30 a.m. run between Ocracoke and Swan Quarter. As the ferry approached Swan Quarter, Captain Mark Piner noticed an overturned boat in the water with two people clinging to it. Piner immediately ordered the crew to launch the ferry’s rescue boat, and crew members Daniel Smith and Simon Robinette piloted it to the capsized vessel and pulled George and Justin Peele out of the water and into the rescue boat. After determining that both men were unharmed, the crew brought the father and son onboard the M/V Silver Lake and the ferry completed its run to Swan Quarter. Upon reaching the ferry terminal, crew member Robinette returned both men to their vehicle at a nearby boat ramp. “We are incredibly proud of the Silver Lake crew for its life-saving actions last August,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “All of our crews are trained extensively in responding to emergencies on the water, and it’s good to know how much that training pays off.” Receiving the award today were Captain Piner and Crew Members Smith and Robinette, as well as Chief Engineers Gerry Gillikin and David P. Styron and Crew Member Randy K. Willis.  ***NCDOT***
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The crew of the NC Ferry M/V Silver Lake recevied a Meritorius Public Service Award Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Raleigh. From L-R: Crew Members Simon Robinette, William D. Smith, and Randy Willis, Captain Mark Piner, Chief Engineer David P. Styron. Not pictured: Gerry Gillikin)
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1/31/2016: NCDOT Ferry Roanoke Returns To Hatteras After Saturday Grounding

NCDOT Ferry Roanoke Returns To Hatteras After Saturday Grounding

Posted 1/31/2016 3:28:04 PM

Hatteras – At approximately 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry System vessel M/V Roanoke ran soft aground on its way from Ocracoke to Hatteras while maneuvering around a dredge pipe in the vicinity of navigational aid 3 in Barney Slough. The crew of the Roanoke immediately confirmed there were no injuries to the five passengers or the six crew members. Over the next few hours, several attempts were made to free the ferry from the shoal. The Ferry Division then contacted the United States Coast Guard Hatteras Inlet to assist in removing passengers from the Roanoke, and a USCG shallow water craft was dispatched to the scene to transport the passengers to Hatteras, where they were provided meals and accommodations if requested. As the tide rose, ferry crews were able to free the Roanoke from the shoal at 11:21 p.m, with the assistance of the tug Albemarle. The Roanoke then continued under its own power to Hatteras, where passenger vehicles were unloaded and secured. All vehicles were reclaimed as of 9 a.m. Sunday morning. No injuries, vessel damage or pollution has been reported. The United States Coast Guard will complete a full inspection of the Roanoke on Sunday before the ferry is returned to service. ***NCDOT***
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