Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry to be Used in ‘Safe Haven’ Movie Friday, July 27, 2012

Two departures will be cancelled Aug. 7 to accommodate filming

MANNS HARBOR — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will cancel two departures at the Southport-Fort Fisher route Tuesday, Aug. 7, to assist Safe Haven Productions with filming a movie.

The 6:15 p.m. departure from Southport and the 7 p.m. departure from Fort Fisher will not take place Aug. 7. Commuters are asked to make alternate arrangements on that day and visitors are asked to plan ahead and be aware that the schedule will be amended.

The alternate route from Southport Ferry terminal to Carolina Beach is as follows:
•    Go around circle at end of Ferry Road and go to first traffic light (corner of Moore and Howe Streets), turn right onto Howe. At second traffic light, turn right onto River Road (NC 133/87). Stay on NC 133/87 until get to the town of Leland. Turn right onto NC 17/74/76 to Wilmington. Cross over bridge and pick up US 421 South to Carolina Beach).

The Motor Vessel Southport and its crew will be utilized in the filming of the movie Safe Haven, which is currently being filmed in and around the Southport area and is based on a book by Nicholas Sparks.

Negotiations have been underway for over a month to finalize a contract between NCDOT and the production company for use of the ferry. While filming is expected to just affect that one day’s route schedule, if further filming is needed, the NCDOT Ferry Division will Tweet the information @NCDOT_Twitter.

For updates, please call the Southport terminal at 910-457-6942.


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