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Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft

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
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



TRIPLE A - ETA 0800/16TH


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

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.


Current Articles:

February 13, 2012

Charleston Deepening Gets $3.5 Million in President's Budget
Federal Share of Feasibility Study Now More than Halfway Funded

Charleston, SC - For the first time, the President's Budget includes
funding for Charleston Harbor Deepening, demonstrating that leaders at the
highest levels of government recognize the project as one critical to the
nation's economic future.

In the budget announced today, the Administration included $3.549 million
for Charleston's post-45 foot deepening project for fiscal year 2013, which
begins October 1, 2012.

"We are incredibly grateful to the Administration for recognizing the
importance of the Port of Charleston in the national economic strategy,"
said Bill Stern, chairman of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA)
Board. "This funding puts us well on our way to completing the feasibility
phase of this project so we can move expeditiously to deepening Charleston

"Sen. Lindsey Graham, along with Congressman Jim Clyburn, has gone above
and beyond to champion this project with the Administration," Stern said.
"Additionally, Mayor Riley's involvement has been invaluable as he has used
every opportunity with the President to emphasize Charleston Harbor's merits."

Today's announcement comes on the heels of the release last week of the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Work Plan for the rest of fiscal year 2012,
which included $2.5 million for the continued work on the Charleston Harbor
post-45 foot deepening project. The latest allocation, if approved by
Congress, also means that the federal government's share of the study cost
is now more than halfway funded.

"We welcome any future opportunity to show the Administration that their
investment in Charleston is the nation's best buy in harbor projects, with
a payoff in new jobs and economic growth across the region," Stern said.

The feasibility study is estimated at $20 million, which is cost-shared
50/50 between the federal government and the South Carolina Ports
Authority. The SCPA also has committed to accelerate its half of the study
funds as needed to continue to advance the project.

The Corps stated in its Reconnaissance Study in 2010 that Charleston is
likely "the cheapest South Atlantic harbor to deepen to 50 feet."
Charleston's harbor deepening project is estimated to deliver $106 million
in net benefits annually for an approximately $140-million federal
investment. The total deepening project is estimated at $300 million.

Funds for the nation's Corps of Engineers' Civil Works projects in the
President's Budget represented a 5.4 percent decrease in funding from the
previous year. The Budget document stated that the savings were achieved
"by prioritizing investments that will yield high economic and
environmental returns." The President's Budget also included $15.8 million
for maintenance dredging in Charleston Harbor.

With 45 feet of depth at mean low water, Charleston currently has the
deepest channels in the South Atlantic region and can handle ships drafting
up to 48 feet on high tide. Deepening Charleston Harbor will open the port
to expanded trade opportunities and increased big-ship traffic via the new
locks of the Panama Canal 24 hours a day.

Already in 2012, the Port of Charleston has handled 24 ships with actual
docking or sailing drafts 40 feet or greater, too deep for today's Panama

About the South Carolina Ports Authority:
The South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state's General
Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston
and Georgetown, handling international commerce valued at more than $58
billion annually while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic
development engine for the state, port operations facilitate 260,800 jobs
across South Carolina and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each
year. For more information, visit

Additional Quotes from South Carolina Leaders:

"This is great news for Charleston and our state's economy. I want to thank
President Obama for his leadership on this important project, and I will
continue to work with him, the Army Corps of Engineers and my colleagues in
Congress to get this project done."
- Congressman Jim Clyburn

"This is the type of funding that the federal government should be
investing in. The Charleston Port has gone through a merit-based process to
prove its importance to our nation, and has obviously proven that worth not
only to those of us in South Carolina, but to the President as well. While
there are many problems with the President's budget - tax hikes and
spending increases to name two - this is something he got right."
- Congressman Tim Scott

"I am pleased to see the President has included $3.5 million dollars in the
FY2013 budget for the Charleston harbor deepening project. The Charleston
port is important to job creation in South Carolina as well as the
Southeast. It is my hope that the President will continue to support such
measures that provide for economic growth and help put our American
families back to work."
- Congressman Joe Wilson

"It's another great day in South Carolina, and we are so appreciative for
this recognition that the future of the Port of Charleston is a priority
for the region and the country."
- Governor Nikki Haley

"I am happy the President provided $3.5 million to move this critical
project farther down the road. We will continue to pursue ways to come up
with money to complete this dredging project and secure a bright future for
South Carolina."
- Sen. Hugh Leatherman, Chairman, Senate Finance Committee

"The Port of Charleston has long been our state's gateway to the rest of
the world. For our citizens to succeed in the global arena of the future,
our port must remain competitive. Without this project, generations of
South Carolinians will not achieve the quality of life they would have had
- Sen. Larry Grooms, Chairman, Review and Oversight Commission on the
South Carolina Ports Authority

"This word will spread to the most important folks - the shippers - that we
are truly open for business now and even more so in the future."
- Sen. Paul Campbell

"This is a great victory for the South Carolina Ports Authority in our
ongoing effort to deepen Charleston Harbor. With 1 in every 5 South
Carolina jobs tied to our ports, it's nice to see Washington take action on
something that will promote real job creation. As our state's lawmakers
are committed to doing everything possible on our side to make this project
a reality, it is encouraging to see Washington stepping up to the plate on
this vital economic development project."
- Rep. Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the House of Representatives

"I am pleased to see that the President is investing in Charleston as a
true post-Panamax harbor, as all other projects being studied in the region
come up short."
- Rep. Jim Merrill, Vice Chairman, Review and Oversight Commission on
the South Carolina Ports Authority

"I, along with my fellow members of the South Carolina General Assembly,
as evidenced in my Concurrent Resolution, am pleased President Obama
included in his 2013 federal budget the funding for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to continue a feasibility study on deepening Charleston Harbor to
at least fifty feet."
- Rep. Wendell Gilliard

"The deepening of Charleston's Harbor is critically important to our port,
our community, our region, and our state's economic success in the future.
A deepened harbor translates into jobs in our community and throughout
South Carolina and is a great benefit to businesses in this part of our
- Mayor Joe Riley, City of Charleston

"As the Port of Charleston is a vital part of the economy of our region and
state, we are very pleased that President Obama has placed money in his
budget to bring our Port's deepening project closer to a reality."
- Mayor Keith Summey, City of North Charleston

"This is great news for South Carolina. The Charleston Harbor Deepening is
essential to long-term economic success in our state, and presents a
compelling business opportunity for the United States as we prepare for the
Panama Canal expansion."
- Secretary Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Department of Commerce

"Today's announcement is a significant milestone in the Port's ongoing
effort to deepen its harbor. For manufacturing to continue to grow in South
Carolina, we must have port facilities that can efficiently handle cargo
which more and more will be carried by post-Panamax ships. If we can deepen
Charleston's harbor, finish the Navy Base expansion, and build adequate
infrastructure surrounding the port, Charleston will maintain its place as
a port of choice for the manufacturing sector."
- Lewis Gossett, President & CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

"The business community is pleased that the president, at the request of
our federal delegation, included $3.5 million in his budget for
Charleston's post-45 foot deepening project. Today's announcement shows
that creating jobs is a bipartisan effort. The completion of harbor
deepening is critical to companies all over the state that do business with
the port. This announcement is another great step in the right direction
for South Carolina and the entire Southeast region."
- Otis Rawl, President & CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

"The Port is a key attraction asset and a deciding factor for companies
considering the Charleston market for an expansion or location. Companies
today require efficient access to world markets and as the deepest harbor
in the South Atlantic, Charleston is strategically positioned to offer
those direct connections. We are thankful our leaders recognize the
tremendous economic boost the deepwater Port of Charleston offers our
region, our state and also our nation."
- David Ginn, President & CEO, Charleston Regional Development Alliance



2/14/12 - 1130 C.W.I.T. MONTHLY LUNCHEON
3/15/12 - 1200 PROP CLUB LUNCH
4/10/12 - 1900 S.W.T. ANNUAL BANQUET




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

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

Th 23 Low 2:38 AM -0.4 6:55 AM Rise 7:30 AM 0
23 High 8:50 AM 5.5 6:11 PM Set 8:05 PM
23 Low 2:56 PM -0.4
23 High 9:00 PM 5.5

F 24 Low 3:18 AM -0.2 6:54 AM Rise 8:00 AM 3
24 High 9:26 AM 5.3 6:12 PM Set 9:00 PM
24 Low 3:32 PM -0.3
24 High 9:37 PM 5.4

Sa 25 Low 3:57 AM 0.1 6:53 AM Rise 8:31 AM 8
25 High 10:02 AM 5.0 6:13 PM Set 9:55 PM
25 Low 4:07 PM -0.1
25 High 10:14 PM 5.3

Su 26 Low 4:35 AM 0.3 6:51 AM Rise 9:04 AM 14
26 High 10:39 AM 4.7 6:14 PM Set 10:50 PM
26 Low 4:42 PM 0.2
26 High 10:51 PM 5.1

M 27 Low 5:14 AM 0.6 6:50 AM Rise 9:40 AM 21
27 High 11:17 AM 4.5 6:15 PM Set 11:44 PM
27 Low 5:20 PM 0.3
27 High 11:33 PM 5.0



Today...Variable winds 5 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. A chance of showers.

Tonight...SW winds 5 kt...becoming W after midnight. Seas 2 ft. A chance of
showers in the evening...then a slight chance of showers after midnight.

Wed...NW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming NE in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Wed Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Thu...SE winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming SW 15 to 20 kt the afternoon. Seas 2
to 3 ft...building to 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. A chance of showers.

Thu Night...SW winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming W after midnight. Seas 3 to 4
ft. A chance of showers.

Fri...NW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Fri Night...NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Sat...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers.

Sat Night...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers.

Notice posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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.