UPDATE: Ferry Routes Along NC Coast Suspended as Hurricane Sandy Approaches Saturday, October 27, 2012

***Update: Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will make its last departure from Fort Fisher today at 4 p.m.  No additional departures from Southport will occur until conditions improve.***

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has suspended several ferry operations ahead of Hurricane Sandy.  Additional suspensions are likely as conditions deteriorate, particularly at high tides.

All operations have been suspended on the following routes:
  • Cedar Island-Ocracoke
  • Hatteras-Ocracoke
  • Currituck-Knotts Island
The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry will make its last departure at 4 p.m. today. No additional ferries will depart from Swan Quarter until conditions improve.

The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry is currently operating on a normal schedule, but will likely suspend operations as conditions continue to deteriorate.

The Southport-Fort Fisher and Bayview-Aurora routes will maintain normal operations as long as possible.

Travelers are encouraged to call each ferry terminal directly with questions about specific ferry routes or schedules.

NCDOT remains on alert and ready to activate emergency operations as needed. Operations will return to normal as soon as conditions are deemed safe.

Real-time travel information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.


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