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 Daily Port Update

Date:Monday, March 19, 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 - all vessel arrivals require tide
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





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:

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

FYI - NOAA's electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC®) that cover the
approaches to the east coast now alert mariners when they are approaching
the right whale seasonal management areas, giving them better information
to plan to reduce their speeds or avoid the areas altogether. You can visit for
additional information.

The seasonal management areas, as encoded into the ENCs, graphically show
the areas where vessels greater than 65 feet in length must travel at 10
knots or less to reduce the risk of collisions with right whales. The ENCs
will also provide for an alarm on the ship's electronic chart display and
information system as vessels enter the speed zone, further alerting the
bridge watchstander of speed restrictions.

SMA’s are not included on paper charts.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

v/r, Jim

James McLaughlin
Right Whale / Shipping Industry Liaison
for National Marine Fisheries Service (Southeast)
(904) 553-3667


March 17, 2012

Grand Alliance Upsizes Ships in Port of Charleston

Charleston, SC -With today's call of the OOCL California, an alliance of
ocean carriers is upsizing its vessels calling the Port of Charleston.

The Grand Alliance, which includes Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL, has upgraded
its Atlantic Express Service (ATX), a North Europe container service that
calls North Charleston Terminal on a weekly basis. The service has deployed
four larger, post-Panamax vessels with capacity of 5,400 20-foot equivalent
units (TEUs) in place of Panamax ships.

Charleston is the last U.S. port outbound on the service, signaling the
importance of Southeast exports to the trade.

"Charleston is a natural gateway to North Europe, given the businesses with
European ties that have established in South Carolina," said Jim Newsome,
president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority.

Charleston leads the European market among South Atlantic ports, with
approximately 36 percent of the port's container volume associated with
North Europe. Additionally, the port's deep shipping channels - the deepest
in the region today - allow more capability for post-Panamax calls.

"Large vessels are not only being deployed in the trade between Asia and
the U.S. East Coast," Newsome said. "This represents the second carrier
grouping to deploy post-Panamax container vessels in the trade between the
U.S. and North Europe. When cargo operations are finished later today, this
vessel will sail with a draft too deep to be accommodated in any other
South Atlantic port."

The 5,400-TEU OOCL California will sail for Rotterdam, followed by calls in
Hamburg, Le Havre and Southampton. Zim, ACL and Hamburg Sud also
participate in the ATX service.

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

For more information:
Allison Skipper, APR
Manager, Public Relations


Associated Press
Friday, March 16, 2012

Even as the Port of Charleston and its fierce maritime competitor Savannah
compete to get federal money to deepen their harbors, the little-seen work
of dredging to maintain their shipping channels at current depths continues.

The dredging vessel Glenn Edwards has been operating off Charleston since
late last month, and so far has removed 600,000 cubic yards of silt while
working around the clock.

The largest American hopper dredge has been off Charleston all this week,
removing silt from the shipping channel and depositing it at an offshore
disposal site. The Glenn Edwards is working to maintain the channel depth
at its currently authorized 45 feet.

From Charleston the vessel plans to head to Savannah, doing similar work in
the channel leading to the Savannah River and the Georgia ports.

Charleston and Savannah are pursuing harbor-deepening projects that could
cost more than $900 million combined to enable the ports to handle larger
vessels expected to routinely call once the Panama Canal is deepened in two

The Glenn Edwards has been operating off Charleston since late last month.

It has pipes that act like a giant vacuum cleaner to suck material off the
channel floor, and can load 13,500 cubic yards of silt.

Once full the vessel travels several miles to an offshore disposal site
where the material is dropped by opening doors in its hull.

During its stay, the vessel, contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, has
removed 600,000 cubic yards of silt while working around the clock.

Glenn Edwards Capt. Bill Anderson said removing silt and transporting it to
a disposal site is easier than if the dredge were being used to gather
material to rebuild a shorefront beach. In such a project, a barge and
pipes leading to the shore must be attached to the dredge.

"Bottom dumping is easier, but a beach job is a little more fun," he said,
adding that with a beach project, the vessel and its crew of 18 can see
progress. "You can see day to day that you are building the beach."

Each year about 2.1 million cubic feet of sediment is removed from the
Charleston Harbor shipping channel at a cost of about $13 million, said
Lisa Metheney, assistant chief of programs and project management for the
Army Corps' Charleston District.

The entrance channel, the area farthest out to sea, needs to be maintained
about every two years, depending on currents and how much sediment builds up.




3/22/12 - 0815 NAV OPS MEETING
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

M 19 Low 12:14 AM 0.0 7:24 AM Rise 5:27 AM 13
19 High 6:36 AM 5.5 7:31 PM Set 5:04 PM
19 Low 12:41 PM -0.1
19 High 6:50 PM 5.4

Tu 20 Low 1:05 AM -0.1 7:23 AM Rise 6:00 AM 7
20 High 7:22 AM 5.6 7:31 PM Set 6:01 PM
20 Low 1:26 PM -0.2
20 High 7:35 PM 5.6

W 21 Low 1:52 AM -0.2 7:21 AM Rise 6:31 AM 3
21 High 8:04 AM 5.5 7:32 PM Set 6:57 PM
21 Low 2:07 PM -0.3
21 High 8:17 PM 5.7

Th 22 Low 2:35 AM -0.2 7:20 AM Rise 7:01 AM 0
22 High 8:43 AM 5.4 7:33 PM Set 7:52 PM
22 Low 2:46 PM -0.3
22 High 8:55 PM 5.8

F 23 Low 3:15 AM -0.1 7:19 AM Rise 7:32 AM 0
23 High 9:20 AM 5.3 7:34 PM Set 8:47 PM
23 Low 3:22 PM -0.2
23 High 9:31 PM 5.8

Sa 24 Low 3:53 AM 0.0 7:17 AM Rise 8:05 AM 1
24 High 9:56 AM 5.1 7:34 PM Set 9:42 PM
24 Low 3:56 PM 0.0
24 High 10:06 PM 5.7

Su 25 Low 4:30 AM 0.2 7:16 AM Rise 8:39 AM 4
25 High 10:31 AM 4.9 7:35 PM Set 10:36 PM
25 Low 4:30 PM 0.1
25 High 10:40 PM 5.6

M 26 Low 5:06 AM 0.4 7:15 AM Rise 9:17 AM 9
26 High 11:07 AM 4.7 7:36 PM Set 11:30 PM
26 Low 5:05 PM 0.3
26 High 11:15 PM 5.4

Tu 27 Low 5:43 AM 0.6 7:13 AM Rise 9:59 AM 15
27 High 11:43 AM 4.5 7:36 PM
27 Low 5:42 PM 0.5
27 High 11:53 PM 5.3

W 28 Low 6:23 AM 0.8 7:12 AM Set 12:22 AM 23
28 High 12:23 PM 4.4 7:37 PM Rise 10:45 AM
28 Low 6:24 PM 0.6

Th 29 High 12:36 AM 5.1 7:11 AM Set 1:12 AM 31
29 Low 7:08 AM 0.9 7:38 PM Rise 11:34 AM
29 High 1:09 PM 4.3
29 Low 7:13 PM 0.7

F 30 High 1:27 AM 5.1 7:09 AM Set 1:59 AM 40
30 Low 8:01 AM 1.0 7:39 PM Rise 12:28 PM
30 High 2:04 PM 4.3
30 Low 8:10 PM 0.8

Sa 31 High 2:25 AM 5.0 7:08 AM Set 2:43 AM 50
31 Low 9:00 AM 1.0 7:39 PM Rise 1:26 PM
31 High 3:06 PM 4.4
31 Low 9:14 PM 0.7

Su 1 High 3:28 AM 5.1 7:07 AM Set 3:25 AM 60
1 Low 10:00 AM 0.8 7:40 PM Rise 2:26 PM
1 High 4:09 PM 4.7
1 Low 10:19 PM 0.5



This Afternoon...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Tonight...SE winds 5 kt...becoming variable less than 5 kt after midnight.
Seas 2 ft.

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

Tue Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A slight chance of showers and

Wed...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft... Building to 3 to 4 ft in the
afternoon. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning.

Wed Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers
and tstms.

Thu...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.

Thu Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Fri And Fri Night...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Notice posted on Monday, March 19, 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.