NC Ferry Service Still Restricted By Repairs

North Carolina transportation officials say abbreviated ferry service will continue for a couple of more weeks between Ocracoke and Cedar Island.

The Carteret County News-Times reported the abbreviated service will continue through April 12 because two ferries are being repaired.

The U.S. Coast Guard ordered repairs of the ferry, Silver Lake, including replacing steel on the vessel. It should be back in service April 13.

The Pamlico is also being repaired and is not expected to be back in service until mid-May.

Both ferries were built in 1965.

North Carolina has ordered two new ferries. One should be ready by the end of the year and the second is to be completed in 2012. Officials hope the new ferries will reduce service interruptions to North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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