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.