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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, February 09, 2012
Priority:Normal
Notice:
PORT LIMITS/INFORMATION
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Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft

BERTH LIMITS/INFORMATION:
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Current maximum drafts allowed at berths:

Hess - Max draft - 40'00
Delfin - Max Draft - 42'00
Chem Marine - Max Draft - 38'00 MLW
Kinder Morgan - berth 1 - 40'00
Kinder Morgan - berth 2 - 40'00
Kinder Morgan - berth 3 - 30'00"
Kinder Morgan - berth 4 - Max draft 40'00, tide needed for anything
deeper than 38'00
BP - Max draft 30'00" Low water
Wando Terminal - Max draft 43'00 MLW - tide needed for anything deeper
than
43'01" Max BM No restriction North
Charleston Terminal - Max draft 45'00 MLW - Max BM No restriction
CST - Max draft 45'00 MLW - Max BM No restrictions
Veterans Terminal 35' MLW tidal restricted
Nucor - Max draft 25'00 (movements daylight & tidal restricted), Max LOA
550', Max Beam 52'
Pier J Max Draft 30 FT
Per pilots - restrictions for Tanker movements:
Drafts of 38'00 or less may transit at anytime Drafts of 38'01 to 40'00 -
window: Start in 1 Hour before low water until 2 hours before high water
Drafts of 40'01 to 41'00 - window: start in 2 hours after low water until
2 hours before high water
Drafts of 41'01 to 42'00 - window: start in 3 hours after low water until
3 hours before high water

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VESSEL TRAFFIC:

KMI4 - NAPARIMA - ETA 1100/10TH
STOLT SWAZI - ETA 15TH
TRIPLE A - ETA 1000/16TH

BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 - IN ETD 2000/10TH

HESS - ATB GALVESTON / PETROCHEM PRODUCER ETA 2000/ETD

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FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL FILING REQUIREMENTS:
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96 Hours - advance notice of arrival required by USCG

48 Hours - advance receipt of crew list by Immigration for any vessel
arriving from a foreign port, or arriving coast wise with detained crew.

24 Hours (minimum) - Foreign cargo must have manifest submitted to
Customs & Border Patrol AMS. Bond must be filed for Foreign flag vessels
or U.S. flag arriving with foreign cargo aboard. 24 Hours - advance
notice to Pilots

24 Hours - advance fax of crew list and approved visitors required by
Terminal.

72 Hours - post port call, the Port Authority requires bill of lading
figures for all bulk cargo.

Port Security - All persons doing business within Port Authority property
must have security pass from SCPA. All persons wanting unescorted access
to any vessel must have a valid TWIC.

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Current Articles:


This announces the publication of (MSIB 03-12) - Safety Zone; Container
Crane Relocation, Cooper and Wando Rivers, Charleston, SC on Homeport at
http://homeport.uscg.mil/charleston.

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 03-12)- Safety Zone; Container
Crane Relocation, Cooper and Wando Rivers, Charleston, SC

On Friday, February 10, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday,
February 14, 2012 from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., the Captain of the Port
Charleston is establishing 100 yard temporary moving safety zones around
the barge JMC- 300 while transporting container cranes from berth #3 at
Columbus Street Terminal to berth #1 at Wando Welch Terminal in Charleston,
South Carolina.

Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through,
anchoring in, or remaining within the safety zones unless authorized by the
Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative.

The relocation of the cranes is tide and weather dependent, any changes to
the schedule will be reflected in updates to this MSIB. For further
information, contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways
Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line
at (843) 740-7050.

MST1 Duane Wilson
Sector Charleston
Prevention Department / Waterways Management Division
196 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-740-3180 x3325
843-297-1051 (cell)
843-740-3189 (fax)
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Harbor funds starting to flow

Study to begin on deepening channel
By David Slade
dslade@postandcourier.com
Thursday, February 9, 2012

About $5 million could be spent this year studying a plan to deepen
Charleston Harbor now that federal funding has been included in the Army
Corps of Engineers' national work plan for 2012.

Deepening Charleston’s harbor from 45 feet to 50 feet would help large
cargo ships navigate more easily through the shipping channel, making it
attractive to megaships on order as the Panama Canal expansion moves toward
its 2014 completion.

"This is wonderful news for the 260,000 South Carolinians whose jobs depend
on the competitiveness of our port," said Bill Stern, chairman of the S.C.
State Ports Authority.

The SPA previously made arrangements to match federal funding for the
study, which is aimed at making the Port of Charleston shipping channels at
least 50 feet deep in order to accommodate larger container ships.

The $2.5 million in federal funds, coupled with $2.5 million from the SPA,
is the first substantial money allocated for the project, which began last
year with $150,000 in federal funding.

While this year's funding was expected -- it comes from a plan Congress
approved in December -- the corps' work plan gives certainty that the money
is available now to spend. The federal and state funding will cover a
quarter of the estimated $20 million cost of the study.

"Deepening Charleston Harbor is the number one issue for South Carolina's
economy," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Graham said he worked to get funding for the study into the federal budget
without violating a ban on earmarks. He said the next hurdle will be seeing
whether the president's budget includes more money for the fiscal 2013 year
that begins Oct. 1.

In statements related to the funding, South Carolina politicians had
different views on who should get the credit.

Graham, who led the push for money in the Senate, has said the funding was
made possible with bipartisan support, and he said President Barack Obama's
"budget for fiscal year 2012 had nothing allocated for Charleston."

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley issued a statement noting that he had discussed
port funds with Obama in person, and thanked the president, "his Office of
Budget and Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers" for including
the money in the Army Corps' work plan.

Gov. Nikki Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey used the funding as an example of
why South Carolina needs to cooperate with Georgia on maritime issues.
Haley has been under fire for supporting her appointees who approved a
state permit for dredging the Savannah River, to benefit the Port of Georgia.

"It's amazing what happens when we have two Georgia senators working with
-- and not against -- our delegation," Godfrey said, referring to the $2.5
million in the corps' plan. "It's another great day in South Carolina."

The study is estimated to take five to seven years, though the SPA and
lawmakers have urged the Army Corps to speed up the pace. Engineering,
design and construction to deepen the channel could take an additional six
years, and the total project cost could be $350 million, the Army Corps has
estimated.

"$2.5 million for the study is all well and good, and any progress is
appreciated, but the timeline is totally unacceptable," said state Rep.
Chip Limehouse R-Charleston.

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Cruise ship study urges teamwork, fees, oversight
By Schuyler Kropf
skropf@postandcourier.com
Thursday, February 9, 2012

A study commissioned by one of Charleston's leading preservation voices
warns the city could kill "the goose that lays the golden eggs" unless more
is done to manage the cruise ship industry.

But the report, done for the Historic Charleston Foundation and released
Wednesday, did not present any new or hard estimates about the economic
impact of the ships, pro or con.

Instead, researcher Harry Miley recommended all the stakeholders in the
cruise industry's future here -- including local government, longshoremen,
port officials and environmentalists -- should band together for a
real-time look at what the ships are doing.

"The perspective of the cruise industry in South Carolina really depends on
who you are," Miley said during a press conference at the foundation's offices.

The study represents another entry in the continuing battle over the cruise
ship industry in Charleston where supporters say the boats represent an
economic and tourism boost, while detractors say they potentially threaten
the city's charm and livability.

Miley, of Miley Associates in Columbia, said he thinks the current estimate
used by cruise-line supporters of a $37 million impact in South Carolina is
probably far less than the actual amount, though he did not present any
alternative figures or supporting data. Instead, he said he based some of
his research on what the ships have done in other cities, including Key
West, Fla.

One Charleston City Council member who was at the foundation's press
conference when the study was released said it added little in terms of
guidance or insight.

"Frankly, I don't see anything new at all," said Councilman Dean C. Riegel,
also the city's mayor pro tem.

Historic Charleston Foundation declined to disclose how much the group paid
for the study, calling it proprietary information.

Among the recommendations:

The city negotiate with the State Ports Authority and the cruise
industry to impose a "reasonable passenger fee" to help offset costs the
city incurs, such as for infrastructure.
The city create a separate citizens monitoring board to oversee and
provide advice to City Council on cruise industry issues.
City leaders ensure the cruise industry is managed and controlled like
virtually all other attractions and activities in Charleston.

Miley said there are various ways to look at the ship visits' impact,
saying that if one visitor who plans to spend $700 during a Charleston stay
is displaced by a ship visitor who spends only $60, "is that really a
positive impact for the city?"

A lawsuit targeting Carnival Cruise Lines, which offers round-trip cruises
from Charleston on the Fantasy, is in the state Supreme Court. The Coastal
Conservation League, Charleston Preservation Society and the Charles Towne
and Ansonborough neighborhood associations are seeking to prevent the use
of Union Pier as a passenger terminal. The city and the SPA have intervened
on Carnival's behalf.

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CURRENT ISSUES:

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
2/10/12 - ANNUAL PORT MEETING
2/14/12 - 1130 C.W.I.T. MONTHLY LUNCHEON
2/16/12 - PROP CLUB OYSTER ROAST
3/15/12 - 1200 PROP CLUB LUNCH
4/10/12 - 1900 S.W.T. ANNUAL BANQUET
4/19/12 - TBA PROP DINNER

2018 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
CURRENT HURRICANE STATUS - 5 / OFF SEASON

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with July 21, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Th 9 Low 2:33 AM -0.9 7:09 AM Set 7:54 AM 98
9 High 8:40 AM 5.9 5:59 PM Rise 8:14 PM
9 Low 2:58 PM -0.8
9 High 9:07 PM 5.6

F 10 Low 3:21 AM -0.9 7:08 AM Set 8:30 AM 95
10 High 9:23 AM 5.8 6:00 PM Rise 9:20 PM
10 Low 3:42 PM -0.8
10 High 9:53 PM 5.7

Sa 11 Low 4:11 AM -0.7 7:07 AM Set 9:06 AM 88
11 High 10:08 AM 5.6 6:01 PM Rise 10:27 PM
11 Low 4:28 PM -0.7
11 High 10:44 PM 5.7

Su 12 Low 5:04 AM -0.5 7:06 AM Set 9:46 AM 80
12 High 10:57 AM 5.3 6:02 PM Rise 11:34 PM
12 Low 5:17 PM -0.6
12 High 11:39 PM 5.7

M 13 Low 6:01 AM -0.2 7:05 AM Set 10:28 AM 70
13 High 11:51 AM 5.0 6:03 PM
13 Low 6:12 PM -0.4

Tu 14 High 12:41 AM 5.5 7:04 AM Rise 12:41 AM 59
14 Low 7:03 AM 0.0 6:04 PM Set 11:16 AM
14 High 12:52 PM 4.8
14 Low 7:13 PM -0.3

W 15 High 1:48 AM 5.5 7:03 AM Rise 1:45 AM 48
15 Low 8:09 AM 0.2 6:05 PM Set 12:09 PM
15 High 1:58 PM 4.6
15 Low 8:19 PM -0.2

Th 16 High 2:58 AM 5.5 7:02 AM Rise 2:46 AM 37
16 Low 9:16 AM 0.2 6:05 PM Set 1:06 PM
16 High 3:07 PM 4.6
16 Low 9:27 PM -0.2

F 17 High 4:05 AM 5.5 7:01 AM Rise 3:41 AM 26
17 Low 10:18 AM 0.0 6:06 PM Set 2:07 PM
17 High 4:14 PM 4.7
17 Low 10:31 PM -0.3

Sa 18 High 5:06 AM 5.6 7:00 AM Rise 4:31 AM 17
18 Low 11:16 AM -0.1 6:07 PM Set 3:10 PM
18 High 5:14 PM 4.9
18 Low 11:29 PM -0.4

Su 19 High 6:00 AM 5.8 6:59 AM Rise 5:14 AM 10
19 Low 12:07 PM -0.3 6:08 PM Set 4:12 PM
19 High 6:09 PM 5.1

M 20 Low 12:22 AM -0.5 6:58 AM Rise 5:52 AM 4
20 High 6:48 AM 5.8 6:09 PM Set 5:13 PM
20 Low 12:54 PM -0.5
20 High 6:57 PM 5.3

Tu 21 Low 1:11 AM -0.6 6:57 AM Rise 6:27 AM 1
21 High 7:32 AM 5.8 6:10 PM Set 6:12 PM
21 Low 1:37 PM -0.5
21 High 7:41 PM 5.4

W 22 Low 1:55 AM -0.5 6:56 AM Rise 6:59 AM 0
22 High 8:12 AM 5.7 6:11 PM Set 7:09 PM
22 Low 2:18 PM -0.5
22 High 8:22 PM 5.5

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST:

Synopsis...HIGH PRESSURE WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST STATES THROUGH
FRIDAY BEFORE A COLD FRONT PUSHES THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY BEHIND
DEPARTING LOW PRESSURE. COLD HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD BACK INTO THE
REGION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. ANOTHER COLD
FRONT MAY AFFECT THE AREA DURING THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.
Today...N winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming NE 5 to 10 kt this afternoon. Seas 2
to 4 ft.

Tonight...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Fri...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A slight chance of showers in the
afternoon.

Fri Night...N winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming NW 10 to 15 kt after midnight.
Seas 2 ft... Building to 3 to 4 ft after midnight. A chance of showers in
the evening...then a slight chance of showers after midnight.

Sat...NW winds 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Sat Night...N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 4
ft...building to 4 to 5 ft after midnight.

Sun...N winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Sun Night...NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Mon...NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Mon Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Notice posted on Thursday, February 09, 2012

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.