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NC ferry service still restricted by boat repairs

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MANNS HARBOR, NC (AP) -- 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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