Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Release: Coast Guard begins work to establish temporary channel to reopen Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry route

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Coast Guard begins work to establish temporary channel to reopen Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry route

 The Coast Guard crew of ANT Wanchese loads buoys upon the deck of a 55-foot Aids to Navigation Boat while in Hatteras Inlet, N.C., Feb. 19, 2013. The crew had traveled down from Wanchese, N.C., to place buoys for a temporary ferry channel between Hatteras Inlet and Ocracoke Island. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Paul Bertram.
 
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard began work Tuesday placing temporary aids to navigation that is necessary to open a substitute route for the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry.

Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Wanchese personnel are scheduled to place 14 new temporary aids to navigation with their 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat and 55-foot Aids to Navigation Boat by Friday, which will serve as a temporary channel until the main ferry route dredging can be completed by the scheduled date of March 31.

"Our close work with federal, state and local partners in placing these temporary aids to navigation is a great interim solution that will allow ferry service to resume," said Rear Admiral Steven Ratti, the Coast Guard's 5th District commander.

Army Corps of Engineers personnel identified an alternate temporary route Feb. 8. A subsequent request was made by the North Carolina Ferry Division to the Coast Guard, which initiated the Coast Guard's response in marking a temporary channel.

The Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry route was suspended on Jan. 18 due to severe shoaling.
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Date: Feb 19, 2013

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