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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, April 12, 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 - 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
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 - NESTOS - ETA 1030/14TH

BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 - ETA 0200/15TH

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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:

Army Corps endorses deeper Savannah River to accommodate larger ships

The Army Corps of Engineers has recommended that the Savannah River be
deepened for 38 miles, from the Atlantic Ocean to Garden City, Ga., but at
a depth of 47 feet, not the 48 feet that the Georgia Ports Authority had
sought, to be able to accommodate next-generation container ships. The Army
Corps of Engineers has recommended that the Savannah River be deepened for
38 miles, from the Atlantic Ocean to Garden City, Ga., but at a depth of 47
feet, not the 48 feet that the Georgia Ports Authority had sought, to be
able to accommodate next-generation container ships.

“The bottom line is, the proposal to dredge to 47 feet is a proposal to
spend more than $650 million on a plan that doesn’t accomplish the
project’s purpose,” said Dana Beach, director of the Coastal Conservation
League. “But it does create severe and irreparable environmental damage.”

While opponents say the plan would waste taxpayer money by leaving the
river too shallow for next-generation container ships, while ruining rare
freshwater marshes and harming wildlife, the corps reached the opposite
conclusion. Georgia officials applauded the decision.

“The final report represents the most comprehensive study for harbor
deepening in the nation’s history,” said Col. Jeff M. Hall, commander of
the Savannah District. “We are confident that our report is thorough and
strong, and that the project will enhance the nation’s global
competitiveness while sustaining the natural environment.”

The plan laid out in the corps’ environmental impact statement — a key
document in the approval process — would cost about $50 million more than
expected, while falling a foot short of the Georgia Ports Authority’s
hoped-for depth.

The Savannah River shipping channel is currently 42 feet at mean low water,
and would be deepened by 5 feet under the plan. Costs would be shared by
the state and federal governments.

A “record of decision” document that would allow construction to begin is
expected this year, according to the corps. In South Carolina, several
lawsuits challenging permits for the dredging plan are working their way
through state and federal courts.

The state Supreme Court has agreed to adjudicate a question of authority
between the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Savannah
River Maritime Commission. Meanwhile, a federal court will consider whether
Georgia’s project requires a South Carolina pollution control permit, and
an administrative law judge looks at a challenge to a DHEC permit.

The Southern Environmental Law Center is involved in all three cases. Blan
Holman, an attorney for the law center, said the corps’ plan to deepen the
Savannah to 47 feet rather than 48 does not change much.

Holman said the dredging still would compromise the river to the point that
mechanical devices would be needed to bubble oxygen into the water to keep
fish alive.

“The damage they are going to do is still sufficiently bad that they will
need the bubblers, an iron lung for the river,” he said.

According to the corps, $292 million of the project cost would go toward
environmental mitigation.

“Environmental features include flow-rerouting for marsh restoration, a
fish bypass upstream near Augusta for the endangered Shortnose Sturgeon, a
dissolved oxygen injection system, recovery of the ironclad CSS Georgia, a
10-year post-construction monitoring period, and more,” a corps statement said.

While Georgia tries to deepen the Savannah River, South Carolina is working
to get the Charleston shipping channel deepened to 50 feet or more, from
the current 45 feet. An Army Corps study of that plan began last year.

While the majority of South Carolina lawmakers, port officials and
environmentalists oppose Georgia’s plan to deepen the Savannah River for 38
miles, from the Atlantic Ocean to Garden City, many support the idea of
deepening the Savannah up to the site of the proposed multibillion-dollar
Jasper Ocean Terminal.

The Jasper port would be shared by the two states and located on the South
Carolina side, on what is now a dredge spoil area. The site is about 14
miles closer to the ocean than the Port of Savannah, and the Coastal
Conservation League says dredging to the Jasper site “would not pose the
same threat to the estuary habitat” as dredging to Garden City.

The Georgia Ports Authority said the corps’ environmental impact statement
is an important milestone, and the findings strike the right balance
between the needs of industry and the environment.

“Today’s announcement brings to an end 15 years of exhaustive due
diligence,” said Alec Poitevint, the Georgia Ports Authority’s chairman.
“With this important step forward, we are closer to putting in place
infrastructure that will create economic opportunities across many
industries and state lines.”

Georgia had been requesting a river depth of 48 feet.

South Carolina State Ports Authority officials repeatedly have said that a
depth of less than 50 feet would be insufficient for the planned Jasper
Ocean Terminal and the massive next-generation container ships that would
be expected to call there.

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Charleston cruise ship terminal opponents prepare for next fight

The plan for a $35 million Charleston cruise ship terminal received final
approval from the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Wednesday, but
additional challenges for the project lay ahead.

With the ink still drying on the board’s decision, opponents were readying
for an Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management hearing next week,
regarding a permit the State Ports Authority needs in order to drive
pilings at the cruise ship terminal site.

The terminal would be created from an existing warehouse on the authority’s
Union Pier, near Laurens Street on the east side of the peninsula. Several
neighborhood, historic and environmental groups oppose the location, and
other aspects of the cruise ship business.

Board of Architectural Review member R. Christian Schmitt said he believes
the public will embrace the new cruise ship terminal “once they have the
vision to understand what it is.”

Schmitt, who made the motion to grant final approval for the plan, said
it’s appropriate that the SPA is renovating a “nasty old warehouse” rather
than constructing a new building, because old warehouses are part of the
city’s history.

The Preservation Society of Charleston had called for a new, grand cruise
terminal, and the society’s Robert Gurley told board members Wednesday that
the whole process has been disappointing.

The Preservation Society — along with the Coastal Conservation League,
Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association and Charlestowne
Neighborhood Association — sued Carnival Cruise Lines in June.

In the still-pending suit, the groups seek to block Carnival’s use of Union
Pier, where the current cruise terminal is located and where the new cruise
terminal is planned.

The city and the ports authority have stepped in to take Carnival’s side in
the litigation.

The Board of Architectural Review regulates the appearance of buildings,
not their location or use, so its process has been a small part of the
larger controversy over the terminal. The board directed the State Ports
Authority’s architects to make a number of changes during a series of
meetings that began in August.

The lengthy review process played a role in pushing back the completion
date for the new terminal by nine months, and ended Wednesday with a 3-0
Board of Architectural Review vote. Members Craig Bennett and Phyllis Ewing
had recused themselves, and member Erika Harrison was absent.

Mayor Joe Riley spoke at the meeting, telling the board, “I believe that
what we really now have is a fine building that graces the city.”

Debbie Scott, a member of the Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood
Association board, had an opposing view, and told the Board of
Architectural Review that more attention needs to be paid to what taxpaying
residents want, versus visiting tourists.

The terminal would replace an aging passenger terminal located farther
south on Union Pier, near the foot of Market Street. The new terminal
location — currently an industrial-looking area surrounded by barbed-wire
fence — was previously used for cargo ships.

Opponents of the cruise terminal plan believe the SPA’s need for a permit —
in order to set five pilings that would support the new terminal’s elevator
and escalators — is an opportunity to challenge the broader impacts of
project, such as noise and traffic.

“Having to get a permit for the pilings completely changes the landscape,”
said Coastal Conservation League director Dana Beach. “We can open the
whole project up to scrutiny.”

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CURRENT ISSUES:

4/17/12 - 1700 COMMISSIONERS OF PILOTAGE MEETING

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:

4/25/12 – 1800 PROPELLER DINNER – CITADEL CENTER
4/26/12 - 0800 NAV OPS MEETING
09/17-19 – 39TH ANNUAL S.C. INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONFERENCE

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 12 High 1:14 AM 6.0 6:53 AM Rise 1:23 AM 67
12 Low 7:32 AM 0.0 7:48 PM Set 11:56 AM
12 High 1:33 PM 5.0
12 Low 7:43 PM 0.2

F 13 High 2:17 AM 5.7 6:52 AM Rise 2:11 AM 56
13 Low 8:32 AM 0.2 7:49 PM Set 12:59 PM
13 High 2:38 PM 5.0
13 Low 8:49 PM 0.4

Sa 14 High 3:19 AM 5.5 6:51 AM Rise 2:53 AM 45
14 Low 9:32 AM 0.3 7:49 PM Set 2:00 PM
14 High 3:41 PM 5.0
14 Low 9:55 PM 0.5

Su 15 High 4:19 AM 5.4 6:49 AM Rise 3:29 AM 35
15 Low 10:29 AM 0.2 7:50 PM Set 2:59 PM
15 High 4:41 PM 5.1
15 Low 10:57 PM 0.5

M 16 High 5:14 AM 5.3 6:48 AM Rise 4:02 AM 25
16 Low 11:22 AM 0.2 7:51 PM Set 3:56 PM
16 High 5:35 PM 5.3
16 Low 11:53 PM 0.4

Tu 17 High 6:04 AM 5.3 6:47 AM Rise 4:33 AM 17
17 Low 12:09 PM 0.1 7:51 PM Set 4:52 PM
17 High 6:24 PM 5.6

W 18 Low 12:44 AM 0.3 6:46 AM Rise 5:04 AM 10
18 High 6:49 AM 5.2 7:52 PM Set 5:47 PM
18 Low 12:53 PM 0.0
18 High 7:08 PM 5.7

Th 19 Low 1:29 AM 0.2 6:45 AM Rise 5:34 AM 5
19 High 7:32 AM 5.2 7:53 PM Set 6:41 PM
19 Low 1:34 PM -0.1
19 High 7:48 PM 5.9

F 20 Low 2:12 AM 0.2 6:44 AM Rise 6:06 AM 1
20 High 8:12 AM 5.2 7:54 PM Set 7:36 PM
20 Low 2:12 PM 0.0
20 High 8:26 PM 5.9

Sa 21 Low 2:52 AM 0.2 6:42 AM Rise 6:40 AM 0
21 High 8:50 AM 5.1 7:54 PM Set 8:30 PM
21 Low 2:48 PM 0.0
21 High 9:03 PM 5.9

Su 22 Low 3:29 AM 0.2 6:41 AM Rise 7:17 AM 0
22 High 9:28 AM 5.0 7:55 PM Set 9:24 PM
22 Low 3:23 PM 0.1
22 High 9:38 PM 5.9

M 23 Low 4:06 AM 0.4 6:40 AM Rise 7:57 AM 2
23 High 10:04 AM 4.8 7:56 PM Set 10:17 PM
23 Low 3:58 PM 0.3
23 High 10:12 PM 5.8

Tu 24 Low 4:41 AM 0.5 6:39 AM Rise 8:42 AM 5
24 High 10:40 AM 4.7 7:57 PM Set 11:07 PM
24 Low 4:34 PM 0.4
24 High 10:46 PM 5.6

W 25 Low 5:18 AM 0.6 6:38 AM Rise 9:30 AM 10
25 High 11:16 AM 4.5 7:57 PM Set 11:55 PM
25 Low 5:12 PM 0.5
25 High 11:23 PM 5.5

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST:

Synopsis...HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE WATERS THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.
Today...NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt early...diminishing to 10
kt this afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft...subsiding to 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight...NE winds 5 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Fri...NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot.

Fri Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot.

Sat...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot...then 2 ft in the afternoon.

Sat Night...S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Sun...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

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

Mon...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Mon Night...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Notice posted on Thursday, April 12, 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.