Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Service Update

Currently, the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry service is still having difficulty due to shallow water conditions in the Hatteras Inlet channel. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, dredging is scheduled to start early Saturday, May 12th to attempt to alleviate the situation.

Because of temporary suspensions or size and limit restrictions on ferry runs, the Ferry Divion of NCDOT has added two additional departures from both sides of the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route for this weekend in order to accommodate travelers.

There will be a 7am and 1pm departure from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke, in addition to the regularly scheduled 10am and 4:30 departures. From Ocracoke to Swan Quarter, there will be a 10am and 4pm departure, in addition to the regularly scheduled 7am and 12:45 runs.

The Ferry Division will continue to monitor the channel and could possibly extend extra runs. Reservations must be made for the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry and can be made by calling 800-BY-FERRY and pressing “2” or by visiting NCDOT on the web.

Updates are available by calling the Hatteras ferry terminal at 252-986-2353 or by following NCDOT Ferry on Twitter.
Safe travels!


Hatteras Ferry Temporary Suspension and Delays

This information just came to us from NCDOT:

Suspensions or Delays Could Continue at Hatteras Ferry Route

RALEIGH ? Travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays, load weight restrictions and possible suspensions due to extreme shoaling of the Hatteras Inlet channel. Brisk northeast winds, lower than normal tides and the narrow channel situation has created a safety issue that requires constant monitoring by the N.C. Department of Transportation?s Ferry Division.

The shoaling in the channel began post-Hurricane Irene. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to resolve the problem, as the channel falls under federal jurisdiction.

?Visitors to our area need to be apprised of the situation,? stressed Ferry Director Harold Thomas. He is calling upon local residents, businesses, restaurants, motels and vacation home rental agencies to assist in spreading the word.

Sunday evening, May 6, some visitors had to remain on both sides of the route when operations were suspended due to the unsafe conditions. ?Getting people where they need to go safely is our top priority and we want to get the word out that conditions at the inlet can change in an instant,? Thomas said.

Travelers can sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry or call the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353 for updates.


Online Ferry Reservations are available for Ocracoke Island ferry routes

Beginning March 18, North Carolina Department of Transportation ferry customers coming to Hatteras Island via to southern route through the Cedar Island or Swan Quarter ferries to Ocracoke Island will have the convenience of ordering advanced tickets for toll ferries online. Tickets can be purchased online under “Advance Ticket Purchase/Reservations.” Continue reading