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3/30/2015: NC Ferry Crew Rescues Boater Stranded On Neuse River

NC Ferry Crew Rescues Boater Stranded On Neuse River

Posted 3/30/2015 4:29:27 PM

(HAVELOCK, NC) - The crew of the NCDOT Ferry Divison's M/V Thomas A. Baum added some rescue duty to its 2 p.m. run between Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach Sunday, coming to the aid of a New Bern man whose sailboat had overturned in the Neuse River. The crew of the Baum overheard a radio call from the boater to the U.S. Coast Guard station at Fort Macon requesting immediate assistance. From the bridge of the Baum, Captain Wendell Hunnings and Mate Hal Gray were able to see the upturned hull of the sailboat approximately a half-mile away. After the captain turned the Baum toward the disabled boat, crew members Jeremy Dixon and Shawn Lewis launched the ferry's small rescue boat and sped toward the scene. Upon arriving, Dixon and Lewis pulled the boater, Daniel Roe of New Bern, North Carolina into the rescue boat, then attached a line onto the rigging of the sailboat and righted it. After determining that Roe was uninjured, they allowed him to climb back on board his boat. "I'm very grateful to the crew of the ferry," said Roe. "They really got me out of an extremely tough predicament." After the rescue boat returned to the M/V Baum, the ferry completed its scheduled run to Minnesott Beach. (NCDOT)
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3/25/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

Posted 3/25/2015 2:59:54 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - In preparation for holiday travel over the upcoming Easter and Spring breaks, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be enhancing the schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route between March 31 and April 13. The temporary Spring schedule will increase the number of daily round-trip runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke from 18 to 26, with half-hour departures for most of the morning and afternoon hours. "Our ridership data shows a distinct spike in the weeks surrounding Easter," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We're confident this enhanced schedule will accommodate those travelers." The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will be as follows between March 31-April 13: Departures from Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 8, 9, 11, and midnight. Departures from Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. After April 13, the Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will return to its off-season schedule for three weeks before switching to a full summer schedule on May 6.(NCDOT)
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2/20/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Adjusts Summer Schedule For Cedar Island-Ocracoke

NCDOT Ferry Division Adjusts Summer Schedule For Cedar Island-Ocracoke

Posted 2/20/2015 4:15:29 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - After studying Pamlico Sound traffic patterns and hearing from passengers wanting later evening departures from both terminals, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division has adjusted the summer schedule for its Cedar Island-Ocracoke route. "This schedule gives us greater efficiency during the day, and offers people on the mainland the chance to catch a ferry to Ocracoke after work, which is something they've been requesting," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We're confident that we will still have the capacity to get all of our Pamlico Sound passengers where they want to go in a timely manner." The new Cedar Island-Ocracoke summer schedule, effective May 19, will be as follows: Departing Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4, 6:30. Departing Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4, 9. Reservations on all Pamlico Sound routes are highly encouraged, especially during the summer months.(NCDOT)
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2/19/2015: NCDOT Signs Contract For Passenger Ferry Test Runs

NCDOT Signs Contract For Passenger Ferry Test Runs

Posted 2/19/2015 2:38:10 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - As part of its ongoing feasibility study on passenger ferry service, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with Bay State Cruise Company to charter the M/V Provincetown III for test runs of a potential passenger ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village on May 4-5, 2015. "These test runs will allow us to judge the feasibility of the route, duration of the voyage, fuel consumption, and other factors that will help us determine whether passenger ferry service is something that we can and should be offering," said NCDOT Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "It's all part of the due diligence required in the feasibility study." The Provincetown III is a catamaran-style ferry that is 98 feet long and carries 149 passengers. It services the Boston to Provincetown route in the summer and works in the Caribbean in the winter. The ship will be on its return voyage north when it stops in North Carolina. NCDOT commissioned a feasibility study on passenger ferry service late last year in an effort to solve summertime congestion issues on the Hatteras Inlet route. The study is being conducted by Volkert, an infrastructure engineering firm based in Mobile, Alabama. It is scheduled to be complete by December 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 9:36:46 AM

(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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