The Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation has entered into contracts for two new vessels. One, a $4.15 million deal with Armstrong Marine of Port Angeles, Washington, is for a 98-passenger catamaran. The boat is being constructed in Swansboro, and it should go into service this summer. Charging a premium for express service, it will carry up to 98 passengers at a time, but no cars, between Ocracoke and Hatteras. (Once in the village at Ocracoke, carless visitors will find businesses renting golf carts and bicycles.) The other contract is for a ferry that can haul 38 cars, a 50% increase over current capacities. It was awarded to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana for $9.7 million. This boat should go into service in March of 2019, allowing a 22-year-old ferry to be retired. The Ferry Division says this is the beginning of a long-range plan to phase-out smaller boats. While expanding services for demand in peak hours, division authorities expect to save $100,000 a year in fuel costs by shutting down less-popular winter and evening routes.