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4/5/2018: Blackbeard’s Flag to Fly on NC Ferries This Season

Blackbeard’s Flag to Fly on NC Ferries This Season

Posted 4/5/2018 3:07:56 PM

(Manns Harbor) – Ahoy, mateys! If ye be sailing for Ocracoke or Bath this year, be prepared to do so under the black flag of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard. The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has teamed up with the NCDOT’s Ferry Division to fly the flag in observance of the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death in 1718. The flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes, as well as the Pamlico River route between Bayview and Aurora. Both areas have historic ties to the 18th-century scallywag. “We’re honored to take part in this celebration of an important piece of North Carolina history,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “It will be a great reminder for our passengers that they’re plying the same waters that Blackbeard sailed 300 years ago.” The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is leading the charge in the state’s official observance of the Blackbeard anniversary, and purchased the flags to install on the ferries.  “We are so thrilled that the Ferry Division agreed to partner with us to commemorate the Blackbeard 300th anniversary this year,” said LeRae Umfleet, chairwoman of the NCDNCR’s Blackbeard 300 Committee. “We’re not only celebrating Blackbeard and the golden age of piracy, we’re also celebrating North Carolina’s maritime history, and the ferries have been a part of that history for 75 years.” The Blackbeard 300 Committee will be hosting exhibits, educational opportunities and events throughout 2018. The anniversary will wrap up at Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree in Ocracoke, Oct. 25-28. Learn more about Blackbeard and find a complete schedule of events at www.ncdcr.gov/bb300. (NCDOT)
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NCDOT Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas, Blackbeard 300 Committee Chair LaRae Umfleet, and Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon display one of the Blackbeard flags to fly on North Carolina ferries this year for the 300th anniversary of the pirate's infamous adventures in N.C. waters. 
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4/5/2018: Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes Return to Published Schedule

Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes Return to Published Schedule

Posted 4/5/2018 1:30:03 PM

Manns Harbor – After a month-long dredging effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the North Carolina Ferry System is returning to its regular published schedule on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes as of 4:30 p.m. today. All vehicle size and weight restrictions have also been lifted. The dredging began in March, after the ferry channel in Bigfoot Slough just outside of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor became too shallow for both the M/V Swan Quarter and the M/V Sea Level to pass through it. That required the Ferry Division to reduce its schedules on Pamlico Sound until dredging was complete. “We appreciate the hard work the Army Corps of Engineers did in Bigfoot Slough under rough weather conditions,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “We’re happy to be returning to normal operations on Pamlico Sound, and look forward to a busy summer season.” (NCDOT)
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3/29/2018: Ferry Division Adapts Schedule Due to Dredging Concerns on Hatteras Route

Ferry Division Adapts Schedule Due to Dredging Concerns on Hatteras Route

Posted 3/29/2018 2:08:02 PM

Hatteras - Faced with critical shoaling concerns at the northern end of Ocracoke Island, the North Carolina Ferry Division will be adapting its spring schedule on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route to accommodate an emergency dredging effort. Beginning Friday, March 30, the schedule will be as follows: From Hatteras: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7:30, 9 and 10 p.m., midnight. From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45 and 10:30 p.m., midnight. In addition, there will be two “shuttle” ferries that will make unscheduled departures during peak periods to help alleviate any congestion. “With this adapted schedule, we’ll be able to solve a serious shoaling problem while also meeting the needs of citizens,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “We need to have the navigational issues on Ocracoke fixed before the peak of the visitor season arrives.” The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will resume its published spring schedule when dredging operations are complete. (NCDOT)
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3/9/2018: Ferry Division & College of the Albemarle Team Up on Welding Internships

Ferry Division & College of the Albemarle Team Up on Welding Internships

Posted 3/9/2018 11:33:59 AM

Manns Harbor – An internship co-op program between the North Carolina Ferry Division and the College of the Albemarle’s Manteo campus will give welding students valuable real-world experience when it kicks off at the State Shipyard this summer. Nine high school and college students toured the Shipyard with Ferry Division officials last week in advance of the internships, which are slated to begin in May and end in August. The internship program came about when the Ferry Division recognized the need to bolster its workforce by recruiting skilled labor from the surrounding area. The College of the Albemarle’s Manteo campus was a natural fit. “We appreciate this partnership and look forward to working with the students this summer,” said Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon. “It will give the students some valuable hands-on experience in the trade, and it will potentially give us a valuable local talent pool to fill our openings.” Welding is the only trade involved in the first year of the program, but the Ferry Division and the College of the Albemarle hope to expand it in the coming years. (NCDOT)
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(Caption: North Carolina Ferry Division Officials and College of the Albemarle students participating in a welding internship program tour the State Shipyard in Manns Harbor.)
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12/21/2017: NC Ferry Division Releases 2018 Schedules

NC Ferry Division Releases 2018 Schedules

Posted 12/21/2017 2:16:41 PM

Manns Harbor – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division released its 2018 schedules today. While similar to the 2017 schedules in terms of level of service, the Division was able to eliminate a limited number of low-ridership departures, saving taxpayers a total of $100,000 in reduced fuel costs. The changes are as follows: Elimination of the final daily run on the Currituck-Knotts Island route Elimination of four runs on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route during January and February In addition, the Currituck-Knotts Island route will close between June 7 and Aug. 6 this year only in order to perform needed renovations on ferry docks and terminals. “Every year, we assemble our schedules after careful analysis of ridership levels and consultation with local stakeholders,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “These new schedules manage to give us some cost savings and make the Ferry Division more efficient, while maintaining the levels of service that residents and visitors have come to rely on.” The system-wide 2018 North Carolina Ferry Schedule can be viewed and downloaded on the Ferry Division website. (NCDOT)
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