February 19, 2015
Passenger ferry test runs scheduled for May 4 and 5As
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.
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."
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.
DOT will pay $30,000 to charter the boat for the two days.
test runs will be between the Hatteras ferry docks and the Silver Lake
ferry docks in Ocracoke village, and the runs are expected to take
about 90 minutes.
Division spokeman Tim Hass said the public will not be able to ride the
ferry on the test runs but that DOT hopes to be arrange for the public
to tour the boat when it is docked.
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.