the beginnings of a ferry’s keel are being assembled. In Hatteras and
Ocracoke, crews are preparing to break ground on new parking additions
and visitor facilities. And in Manteo, Outer Banks businesspeople and
NCDOT officials are laying the groundwork for brand new passenger ferry
service on the Outer Banks to begin this summer.
At a meeting of the Passenger Ferry Stakeholder’s Committee in Manteo
on Jan. 26, NCDOT’s Ferry Division reported several developments on the
Ocracoke Express passenger ferry project:
U.S. Workboats is currently assembling the
passenger ferry at its shipyard in Swansboro. The company projects a
delivery date for the vessel in late June 2018.
Construction crews from A. R. Chesson Construction are
preparing to break ground on parking improvements and visitor
facilities at the Hatteras and Ocracoke-Silver Lake terminals.
Construction is set to begin Feb. 5.
Online reservation and ticketing capabilities are
being developed by IT professionals at the North Carolina Turnpike
“Things are happening quickly now,” said Ferry
Division Director Harold Thomas. “I think people are going to see all
the moving parts coming together quickly right up until the launch
The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry is a new service from NCDOT
designed to alleviate summertime congestion issues on the existing
Hatteras-Ocracoke car ferry route. Passengers will be able to make a
reservation and walk onto a ferry that will take them into the heart of
Ocracoke Village in just over an hour, bypassing the waits that often
occur on the vehicle ferries.
The $9 million passenger ferry project is being funded by a grant from
the Federal Lands Access Program and an appropriation from the General
Assembly. NCDOT is hoping to launch the service in mid-summer.