After busy summer, state ferries get maintenance, repairs

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina ferries are getting necessary maintenance and repairs following a busy summer.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1OAkU4n ) a 26-year-old state ferry named Carteret was one of seven vessels that navigated between Hatteras and Ocracoke this summer for 20 hours a day through rough, salty seas.

Last week, the North Carolina Ferry Division maintenance depot in Manns Harbor was full, with four boats that were in for scheduled overhauls and two others that needed unexpected work. Breakdowns in the summer must get fixed immediately.

Jed Dixon, deputy director of the state Ferry Division, says as the boats get older, they require more work. Thirteen of the Ferry Division’s 22 boats are at least 20 years old.

The Ferry Division spends $8 million of its $40 million annual budget on maintenance.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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