New Ocracoke-Hatteras passenger ferry delayed again

    Ocracoke Express passenger ferry (NCDOT photo)

    A new passenger ferry set to serve the Ocracoke-to-Hatteras route has been delayed once again.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation acknowledges to news sources that the 98-passenger ferry valued at more than $4 million was not delivered in February and won’t be running in May as promised.

    NCDOT wouldn’t say when the ferry would be ready or if it would cost more. Spokesman Tim Hass says the contractor has had what he calls “construction issues.”

    Two years ago, the ferry division said the boat would be built by Armstrong Marine of Washington state at a North Carolina boat yard. The company’s owner sold the business, but continued building vessels at U.S. Workboats in Hubert.

    The ferry was originally promised for last April, then last September and again for last month.

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