MV Swan Quarter
joins the NCDOT ferry fleet
North Carolina Department of Transportation christened a new
sound-class ferry, the Motor Vessel Swan Quarter, on Monday, Nov. 7, in
State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti was
joined by other state and local officials at the special ceremony.
Betsy Conti christened the vessel.
“This new ferry will
help us further carry out our mission of connecting people and places,”
Conti said. “It will be an impressive addition to the Ferry Division’s
fleet and will be an ambassador for the great state of North Carolina.”
220-foot long vessel will carry 50 vehicles and 300 passengers on the
Pamlico Sound routes from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island to Ocracoke.
$13 million contract was awarded in October, 2009 to Orange
Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas. The ferry was delivered to the shipyard
in Manns Harbor in late October.
The new vessel meets
the Americans With Disabilities Act by featuring an ADA-compliant
elevator, which has a 13-person capacity. The new ferry moves 25
percent faster than existing sound-class boats, and it meets
Environmental Protection Agency standards for diesel emissions.
is the first of two sister ships that will join the division’s existing
four sound-class ferries. It will continue the tradition of ferries
being affiliated with state universities, showing the Elon University
colors and logo.
During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the
Swan Quarter and Cedar Island routes carried more than 91,000 vehicles
and 217,000 passengers between Ocracoke and the mainland.
The new vessel will go into service as soon as it receives its
Certificate of Inspection from the U. S. Coast Guard.