The North Carolina Ferry System's Dredge Manteo
will be headed back to Ocracoke Thursday, Jan. 19, to repair severe
shoaling in the ferry channel near the South Dock Terminal.
Dredging will likely begin Sunday, with service
interruptions on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route possible beginning this
weekend and into next week.
"The dredge cleared the channel back in
November," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "But in the past
two months, rapid shoaling has nearly filled it back in. We need to
make these emergency repairs immediately while we pursue a more
The Dredge Manteo will arrive on site Thursday
night and spend a day or two setting up before dredging operations
begin. Dredging is expected to last about a week, with the Hatteras
ferry route resuming normal operations after completion.
To stay up to date on any schedule interruptions, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry.