NCDOT awards contract for Ocracoke, Hatteras passenger ferry

Artist rendering of NCDOT Passenger Ferry, to begin operation between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village next summer. Credit: NCDOT.

OCRACOKE VILLAGE, N.C. (WAVY) — Residents along the Outer Banks are one step closer to getting passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island.

NCDOT recently awarded a $4 million contract to Port Angeles, Washington-based Armstrong Marine Inc. to build a 98-passenger catamaran-style ferry.

The ferry will run between Hatteras and Silver Harbor on Ocracoke’s southern end.

Officials say the ferry should be ready before the summer of 2018.

Interim Ferry Division Director Jed Dixon said in a news release last week, “We are hoping that by this time next year, direct passenger ferry service to Ocracoke Village will be up and running.”

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has prepared an environmental assessment to determine whether or not to issue a special use permit to the NCDOT Ferry Division for the new service, which would be within National Seashore boundaries.

A public review period will be open for 15 days until June 19. Comments on the environmental assessment can be submitted online or mailed to Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954.