April 28, 2016
Governor christens state's new dredge
Pat McCrory joined officials from the Department of Transportation’s
Ferry Division today in Manns Harbor to officially christen the
division’s newest vessel, the dredge Manteo.
The 154-foot state-of-the-art pipeline dredge will help keep North
Carolina waterways navigable, help stabilize inlets, and support the
state's vital ferry system and emergency routes.
“We have remained focused on building and maintaining vital connections
to jobs, education, health care and recreation,” said Governor McCrory.
“Our state’s connections across the water are just as critical as our
highways. By ensuring that these waterways remain navigable, this new
dredge is not only crucial for the mobility of this region, but also to
its tourism industry, economy and continued ability to attract new
The Manteo is capable of dredging a channel to a depth of 30 feet.
It is equipped with automation, including sensors to measure the
amount of material dredged, and software to map the exact location
where the vessel does its work. The vessel is able to house a 16-person
crew, with a full galley, four bunk rooms and two full bathrooms.
The Manteo will replace the Dredge Carolina, which was built in 1968.
Once in service, the Manteo will immediately go to work keeping North
Carolina’s ferry channels clear, from the Cape Fear River to Currituck
Sound. It will also maintain an emergency route between Stumpy Point
and Rodanthe, a route used when Highway 12 is out of service due to a
storm or other event.
“Like its Croatan chief namesake, the Manteo will help North
Carolinians navigate the rivers and sounds of eastern North Carolina
safely and efficiently,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “It
will be a vital component of the Ferry System for many years to come.”