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Dredge to return to Ocracoke tomorrow

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The side caster Dredge Manteo is scheduled to return to Ocracokes north end to do more dredging. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The North Carolina Ferry System’s Dredge Manteo will arrive at the north end of Ocracoke Thursday to repair severe shoaling in the ferry channel near the South Dock Terminal.   This is the dock at the north end of the island is so-called because it is south of Hatteras.

In a press release by the NCDOT Ferry Division, dredging will likely begin Sunday, with service interruptions on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route possible beginning this weekend and into next week.

“The dredge cleared the channel back in November,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin in the release. “But in the past two months, rapid shoaling has nearly filled it back in. We need to make these emergency repairs immediately while we pursue a more permanent solution.”

The side caster dredge will arrive on site Thursday night and spend a day or two setting up before dredging operations begin. Dredging is expected to last about a week, with the Hatteras ferry route resuming normal operations after completion.

To stay up to date on any schedule interruptions, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry.