Ferry service begins suspending operations

People arrive at Cape Hatteras ferry terminal in Cape Hatteras. N.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

August 25, 2011 11:55:02 AM PDT
The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division said it will begin suspending some operations after 8:30 p.m. Thursday ahead of Hurricane Irene.

Ferries will continue operating on most routes until it becomes unsafe.

Ocracoke Routes

  • The last departure to Cedar Island is at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • The last departure to Swan Quarter will be at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
  • Hatteras-Ocracoke will begin departing on the hour only beginning Friday morning.

Currituck-Knotts Island

  • Operations will suspend at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Other Routes

  • Southport-Fort Fisher, Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach and Bayview-Aurora will maintain normal operations as long as possible.

Two vessels will be moored at Stumpy Point on the mainland Friday afternoon with crews standing by in case the emergency route to Rodanthe on the Outer Banks needs to be activated after the storm passes.

Operations will return to normal as soon as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard deems it safe.