Mechanical issues prompts one-boat schedule

The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry route will operate on a reduced schedule until further notice due to a mechanical problem with one of the boats.

Just one ferry will be available to run the 20-minute route across the Neuse River between Pamlico and Craven counties.

Departures from the Cherry Branch side will be at 5, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9 and 11 a.m., noon, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10 p.m. and midnight.

Departures from Minnesott Beach will be 5:25, 6:15, 7:15, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. as well as on the hour from 2 to 11 p.m. as well as 12:30 a.m.

The ferry M/V BAUM had a shaft seal failure and will have to go to the Mann’s Harbor maintenance facility for haulout and repair.

The single-boat schedule is expected to be in effect at least through Friday.