Passenger ferry trials will include
boat tours, open houses
the Provincetown III visits the Outer Banks May 4-5, it could be a
glimpse into the future of a new type of ferry service between Hatteras
and Ocracoke. During that visit, the North Carolina Department of
Transportation Ferry Division officials are offering members of the
public a chance to tour the ship for themselves and provide valuable
feedback as they study the idea of passenger service between the two
Provincetown III is a catamaran-style passenger ferry that works in the
Caribbean over the winter and between Boston and Provincetown, Mass. in
the summer. The ship will make a stop in North Carolina on its way back
north as part of a state feasibility study into passenger ferry service
between Hatteras village and Ocracoke.
May 4, the Provincetown III will run several sea trials between
Hatteras and Ocracoke, then dock at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal to be
available for public tours between 4 and 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Ferry
Division will hold an open house meeting at the adjacent Graveyard of
the Atlantic Museum from 5-7 p.m. to allow members of the public to ask
questions and make comments about potential passenger ferry service.
May 5, the ship will conduct further sea trials, then dock at Silver
Lake Harbor in Ocracoke. Members of the public will be again be allowed
to tour the ship between 4-7 p.m., while the Ferry Division conducts
another open house meeting between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Ocracoke School
is the public's ferry system, and establishment of passenger ferry
service would be a significant change to that system," said Ferry
Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We hope that people will turn out to
take a look at the ship and give us any feedback they have on any
aspect of this idea."
has hired the consulting firm Volkert to conduct a feasibility study on
passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as an
alternative to the car ferries now running the route. The study is
scheduled to be completed by December.