Mainland ferry routes return to normal, Hatteras-Ocracoke may be running Friday

The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry route reverted back to its normal schedule this morning in anticipation of the start-up of an alternate route for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry as early as tomorrow.   The schedule for ferries between Ocracoke and the mainland, effective through May 20, is as follows: Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m., 4 p.m. […] Local News |  Full Article

Coast Guard searching for missing mariner off Cape Hatteras

The Coast Guard launched a search today for a man who reportedly fell overboard from a merchant vessel approximately 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras. The master of the 478-foot merchant vessel Ice River contacted Coast Guard watchstander’s via satellite phone at approximately 10:30 a.m. stating that a 33-year old male crewmember was missing from the ship. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Carolina diverted […] Local News |  Full Article

NOAA releases final plan for managing and protecting Monitor Marine Sanctuary

Based on several years of scientific assessment and public involvement, NOAA this week released the final management plan and environmental assessment for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. The plan outlines how the sanctuary will operate over the next five to 10 years. Specifically, it provides a framework for the sanctuary to refine its education and […] Local News |  Full Article

New report says ferries still not an option for access to Hatteras Island

No high-speed ferry exists today that could safely carry millions of vehicles a year across the heavily shoaled Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound, according to a new transportation report released late last month. And even if engineering a shallow-draft, high-capacity ferry were possible, it said, the cost would be prohibitive. In response to renewed public […] Local News |  Full Article