|Subject:||SOUTH CAROLINA DAILY UPDATE|
|Date:||Monday, August 18, 2008|
|Notice:||Port: Charleston |
Date: 8/18/2008 10:37
Subject: SOUTH CAROLINA DAILY UPDATE
URGENT INFORMATION: None
Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft
Current maximum drafts allowed at berths:
Amerada Hess - Max draft of 38'00 if LOA is less than 650'; Max draft of
36'00 if LOA is 650'00 or greater Kinder Morgan - berth 1 - 40'00 Kinder
Morgan - berth 2 - 40'00 Kinder Morgan - berth 3 - TBA berth 4 - Max
draft 39'00, tide needed for anything deeper than 36'00 BP - TBA Wando
Terminal - Max draft 46'00 - Max BM 187'00 North Charleston Terminal -
Max 42'00 - Max BM 187'00 CST - Max draft 47'00 - Max BM 187'00
Per pilots - restrictions for Tanker movements:
Drafts of 36'00 or less may transit at anytime Drafts of 36'01 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
BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 EST IN 1600/18TH
KINDER MORGAN - COMMANDER N EST IN 0345/20TH
FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL FILING REQUIREMENTS:
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.
Committee asks SPA for privatization study
By Molly Parker
State Sen. Glenn McConnell said he is accustomed to driving over the
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and looking down to see bustling activity at
the Port of Charleston’s Columbus Street terminal.
“Why has it gotten so quiet down there?” McConnell asked State Ports
Authority president and CEO Bernard Groseclose during a legislative
committee meeting earlier this month.
It was a rough morning for Groseclose, as Charleston County lawmakers
grilled him for several hours, mostly about the Port of Charleston’s
recent drop in container business.
McConnell, the state’s top senator, closed with a request that SPA staff
members study the possibility of turning over some or all of the port’s
terminal operations to the private market.
The norm elsewhere
The idea is by no means a new one.
The prevalent business model across the country is for governments to own
terminals that are leased to private companies. Gov. Mark Sanford floated
the idea as Georgia and South Carolina inked a plan to jointly own a
terminal in Jasper County.
But the governor’s efforts failed to gain much traction among lawmakers,
who would have to sign off on any major restructuring of the SPA’s
Those closely involved in the maritime community wonder what’s driving
McConnell and whether this suggests growing support for reconsidering
South Carolina’s port model.
The past few years have been hard on the SPA. Although it has not
released final import-export numbers for the fiscal year that ended June
30, the authority expects to post a volume drop of about 10% over the
Imports are down nationally, the weakening U.S. economy to blame, but the
Port of Charleston’s business decline in the early part of this year
was “more severe than the national average,” Groseclose told the
legislative oversight committee.
Further, after years of ranking as the third-busiest East Coast port and
besting the Port of Savannah, its chief rival, Charleston has slipped
behind both Virginia and Georgia into the No. 4 slot.
“Obviously the port authority is against it, so we have a real political
fight, but the winds are changing just because of pure economics,” said
Laddie Howard, attorney and lobbyist for International Longshoremen’s
Association Local 1422, which has long fought for a privatization
business model and represents about 820 dock workers. Two other local ILA
chapters, 1422A and 1771, represent mechanics and clerks and checkers.
No real competition
Nothing in S.C. law prohibits local companies from buying land and
starting their own terminal operations, and a few small private operators
have. But on any grand scale, the SPA and Georgia Ports Authority’s
market stronghold is too fierce to legitimately compete.
Across the country, the majority of port operations are owned by
government agencies and operated by private companies that rely on labor
supplied by ILA contracts.
At the Port of Charleston, most of the labor is unionized, but about 370
SPA employees who don’t belong to a union handle half of the terminal
gate operations and all container-lifting equipment.
Supporters of the state’s port model say the nonunion option gives South
Carolina a competitive edge, keeping costs down and productivity high.
Pat Barber, owner of Superior Transportation and president of the
Charleston Motor Carriers Association, said he was shocked to learn that
the privatization issue was back on the political table.
“While we may have issues with our volume dropping and losing business to
the Port of Savannah — and to other ports, for that matter — from an
operational standpoint, I don’t think anybody does it better than the
Port of Charleston,” Barber said.
Public vs. private
The SPA’s common-user business segment — through which the ports
authority operates the gate and plans the yard using its own, nonunion
employees — has grown from about a quarter to more than half of the
authority’s business during the past few years, SPA spokesman Byron
The licensed-user segment — where private shipping companies hire a
stevedoring company to manage gate labor — has shrunk accordingly, he
said. That labor is supplied by the ILA.
Those shipping companies operating as licensed users on Port of
Charleston terminals are Maersk Line; Evergreen Shipping Agency; and CKYH
Alliance, composed of COSCO, “K” Line (the European subsidiary of
Japanese shipping and logistics company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha), Yang Ming
Line and Hanjin Shipping.
Both models use labor supplied by the SPA and ILA. No matter the
customer, SPA workers handle all container-lifting equipment and ILA
workers all other vessel-related services.
Between the 2002-2003 fiscal year and the 2006-2007 fiscal year,
longshoreman hours shrunk by 110,000, according to the S.C. Stevedores
“I’m concerned about jobs and activity with this port,” McConnell said.
The 370 SPA terminal yard positions that exist today likely would fall
under the purview of the ILA if a private company operated the terminal.
Ken Riley, president of the local ILA chapter, said he hopes the
discussion is not clouded by the issue of unionization. That always
bubbles up in this conversation, but economics should remain central to
the debate, Riley said.
Private companies that operate ports in other states have years of
experience running terminals around the globe, he said, giving them an
expansive network from which to obtain business. The SPA is clearly
struggling, he said, judging from its business decline.
“I believe this is the last frontier and the last opportunity to get it
right and to bring in and attract prime capital to get back in the game,”
The Georgia model
During the meeting, Groseclose defended the SPA operation by noting that
Georgia’s is the same and that the state has been the fastest-growing
port in the nation for several years in a row.
Georgia’s success was attributed to the state’s investment of
strategically placed logistics centers near the Port of Savannah that
have drawn big-box retail stores, and therefore imports. Lawmakers on the
committee wondered whether South Carolina had already missed that boat.
Otherwise, the SPA’s executive team did not offer any formal comment on
McConnell’s statement. Board Chairman David Posek said he is open to
studying all business models. But McConnell’s statements certainly
stirred up a heated conversation in the local maritime
Larry Young, vice president and general manager of SSA Cooper, a local
stevedoring company and SSA Marine subsidiary, called the senator’s
remarks “very timely.”
“Public-private partnerships are prevalent in ports all over the world,”
he said. “It ain’t no big deal. Why not try it?”
Young said it at least makes sense to look at a new model with regards to
terminals that are in the planning or construction phases, such as the
Jasper County site and the Port of
Charleston terminal going up on the former Navy Base.
McConnell, too, suggested that private companies could help fund the
state’s infrastructure bill related to terminal expansion. Last year, the
General Assembly signed off on a $182 million taxpayer-funded port access
The senator said he’s heard rumors that amount will not be enough.
Further, under a private operator, local municipalities could collect
property taxes on land that is exempted under the current model, he said.
The 280-acre terminal in North Charleston is an example.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, who once battled port expansion, did
not return calls seeking comment, though he sat through much of the
meeting that took place in City Hall chambers.
North Charleston Councilman Kurt Taylor said he is not aware of whether
city leaders are pushing the agenda but said he certainly thinks
privatization should be studied for new terminals.
“Maybe the private sector can bring capital for the construction,” Taylor
said. “I don’t know there’s a preordained conclusion, but I applaud the
analysis. Sen. McConnell is forward- thinking.”
Reach Molly Parker at 849-3144.
09/17 - 0800 - MARITIME ASSOC OF SC BOARD MEETING
10/08 - 1800 - CWIT OYSTER ROAST
10/30 - TBA - PROPELLOR CLUB 75TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
2013 - PROPOSED TIME FRAME FOR NEW PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED
CURRENT ISSUES - NONE
CURRENT HURRICANE ALERT STATUS - 4 -
TROPICAL STORM FAY DISCUSSION NUMBER 11
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL062008
500 AM EDT MON AUG 18 2008
THE AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FIXED THE CENTER OF FAY OVER
CENTRAL CUBA TO THE SOUTHWEST OF THE ROTATION ALOFT APPARENT IN
RADAR IMAGERY. WITH THIS FIX...THE INITIAL MOTION IS NOW 335/10.
ASCAT DATA SOUTH OF CUBA PRIOR TO LANDFALL SHOWED THE SURFACE
CENTER BECOMING ELONGATED...LIKELY IN RESPONSE TO THE CONVECTIVE
ASYMMETRY...AND SOME ADDITIONAL DISTORTION OF THE SURFACE
CIRCULATION IS LIKELY DURING THE PASSAGE OF THE CENTER OVER CUBA.
ALL TRACK GUIDANCE SUGGESTS THAT FAY WILL MAINTAIN A
NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD HEADING FOR ANOTHER 24 HOURS UNTIL IT REACHES
THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE AXIS. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST IS NEAR THE
RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE GUIDANCE ENVELOPE EARLY ON...BUT SOME
ADDITIONAL RIGHTWARD ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE NECESSARY IF THE CURRENT
CONVECTIVE STRUCTURE PERSISTS AND THE CYCLONE REMAINS VERTICALLY
CONNECTED. THERE ARE LARGE DIFFERENCES IN THE TRACK GUIDANCE LATE
IN THE FORECAST PERIOD AND THE RUN TO RUN CONSISTENCY OF THE
GUIDANCE HAS BEEN VERY POOR. GIVEN THAT...ONLY A SLIGHT EASTWARD
SHIFT HAS BEEN MADE LATER IN THE FORECAST PERIOD.
THE INITIAL INTENSITY REMAINS 45 KT...WITH THESE WINDS OCCURRING
JUST OFF THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA. AN UPPER-LEVEL
LOW OVER THE EXTREME NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IS IMPEDING THE
OUTFLOW OVER THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE...AND SOME
WESTERLY SHEAR IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
GIVEN THIS PATTERN...RAPID STRENGTHENING IS NOT EXPECTED...BUT THE
SHEAR IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO PREVENT FAY FROM
REACHING HURRICANE STRENGTH BEFORE IT REACHES THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST IS CLOSE TO THE GFDL AND SHIPS
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INITIAL 18/0900Z 22.5N 80.9W 45 KT...INLAND
12HR VT 18/1800Z 23.5N 81.5W 45 KT
24HR VT 19/0600Z 25.1N 82.0W 55 KT
36HR VT 19/1800Z 26.6N 82.3W 65 KT
48HR VT 20/0600Z 28.2N 82.2W 60 KT...INLAND
72HR VT 21/0600Z 31.1N 82.0W 45 KT...INLAND
96HR VT 22/0600Z 33.0N 82.0W 25 KT...INLAND
120HR VT 23/0600Z 35.5N 82.5W 20 KT...REMNANT LOW
AT 5 AM EDT...0900 UTC...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT ALONG
THE FLORIDA EAST COAST FROM JUPITER INLET SOUTHWARD...AND ALONG THE
FLORIDA WEST COAST FROM BONITA BEACH SOUTHWARD...INCLUDING LAKE
OKEECHOBEE. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS FROM
SOUTH OF OCEAN REEF TO KEY WEST...INCLUDING THE DRY TORTUGAS AND
AT 5 AM EDT...A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM NORTH OF
JUPITER INLET TO SEBASTIAN INLET.
AT 5 AM EDT...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL
STORM WATCH FOR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS.
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS FROM SOUTH OF
OCEAN REEF TO KEY WEST...INCLUDING THE DRY TORTUGAS AND FLORIDA
BAY...AND ALONG THE FLORIDA MAINLAND FROM CARD SOUND BRIDGE
WESTWARD TO TARPON SPRINGS.
A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CUBA FROM THE PROVINCES OF
LA HABANA AND CIUDAD DE LA HABANA EASTWARD TO SANCTI SPIRITUS.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE PROVINCES OF CUBA FROM
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CAYMAN BRAC AND
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND.
INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE FLORIDA PENINSULA...THE NORTHWESTERN
BAHAMAS...AND THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS
TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.5N 80.9W AT 18/0900Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM
PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST OR 335 DEGREES AT 10 KT
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1003 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 45 KT WITH GUSTS TO 55 KT.
34 KT....... 75NE 90SE 0SW 0NW.
12 FT SEAS.. 0NE 120SE 0SW 0NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.
REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.5N 80.9W AT 18/0900Z
AT 18/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 21.9N 80.8W
FORECAST VALID 18/1800Z 23.5N 81.5W
MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT.
34 KT... 90NE 90SE 0SW 45NW.
FORECAST VALID 19/0600Z 25.1N 82.0W
MAX WIND 55 KT...GUSTS 65 KT.
50 KT... 50NE 30SE 0SW 0NW.
34 KT...120NE 100SE 50SW 50NW.
FORECAST VALID 19/1800Z 26.6N 82.3W
MAX WIND 65 KT...GUSTS 80 KT.
64 KT... 25NE 25SE 0SW 0NW.
50 KT... 50NE 50SE 30SW 30NW.
34 KT...120NE 120SE 60SW 60NW.
FORECAST VALID 20/0600Z 28.2N 82.2W...INLAND
MAX WIND 60 KT...GUSTS 75 KT.
50 KT... 30NE 30SE 30SW 30NW.
34 KT...125NE 125SE 60SW 60NW.
FORECAST VALID 21/0600Z 31.1N 82.0W...INLAND
MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT.
34 KT...100NE 100SE 50SW 50NW.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 225 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 300 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY
OUTLOOK VALID 22/0600Z 33.0N 82.0W...INLAND
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.
OUTLOOK VALID 23/0600Z 35.5N 82.5W...REMNANT LOW
MAX WIND 20 KT...GUSTS 30 KT.
REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 22.5N 80.9W
NEXT ADVISORY AT 18/1500Z
SECURITY LEVEL MARSEC 1 - YELLOW - ELEVATED
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with August 15, 2008.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 18 Low 3:31 AM 0.1 6:46 AM Set 8:25 AM 98
18 High 9:28 AM 5.5 8:01 PM Rise 8:58 PM
18 Low 3:40 PM 0.3
18 High 9:54 PM 5.9
Tu 19 Low 4:10 AM 0.0 6:46 AM Set 9:27 AM 95
19 High 10:09 AM 5.7 8:00 PM Rise 9:27 PM
19 Low 4:25 PM 0.3
19 High 10:32 PM 5.8
W 20 Low 4:50 AM 0.0 6:47 AM Set 10:31 AM 89
20 High 10:53 AM 5.8 7:59 PM Rise 9:58 PM
20 Low 5:14 PM 0.4
20 High 11:13 PM 5.6
Th 21 Low 5:33 AM 0.0 6:48 AM Set 11:37 AM 82
21 High 11:40 AM 5.9 7:58 PM Rise 10:32 PM
21 Low 6:06 PM 0.6
F 22 High 12:00 AM 5.3 6:48 AM Set 12:45 PM 73
22 Low 6:20 AM 0.0 7:56 PM Rise 11:12 PM
22 High 12:33 PM 6.0
22 Low 7:03 PM 0.8
Sa 23 High 12:53 AM 5.1 6:49 AM Set 1:55 PM 62
23 Low 7:13 AM 0.1 7:55 PM Rise 11:59 PM
23 High 1:33 PM 6.0
23 Low 8:07 PM 1.0
Su 24 High 1:54 AM 5.0 6:50 AM Set 3:04 PM 51
24 Low 8:13 AM 0.2 7:54 PM
24 High 2:40 PM 6.0
24 Low 9:15 PM 1.0
M 25 High 3:02 AM 4.9 6:50 AM Rise 12:55 AM 39
25 Low 9:18 AM 0.2 7:53 PM Set 4:08 PM
25 High 3:49 PM 6.1
25 Low 10:23 PM 0.9
Tu 26 High 4:11 AM 4.9 6:51 AM Rise 1:59 AM 28
26 Low 10:24 AM 0.1 7:52 PM Set 5:05 PM
26 High 4:57 PM 6.2
26 Low 11:26 PM 0.7
W 27 High 5:19 AM 5.1 6:52 AM Rise 3:08 AM 18
27 Low 11:29 AM 0.0 7:50 PM Set 5:53 PM
27 High 5:59 PM 6.4
Th 28 Low 12:24 AM 0.5 6:52 AM Rise 4:19 AM 10
28 High 6:21 AM 5.4 7:49 PM Set 6:34 PM
28 Low 12:29 PM -0.2
28 High 6:55 PM 6.5
F 29 Low 1:17 AM 0.2 6:53 AM Rise 5:28 AM 4
29 High 7:18 AM 5.6 7:48 PM Set 7:08 PM
29 Low 1:24 PM -0.3
29 High 7:46 PM 6.5
Sa 30 Low 2:05 AM 0.1 6:54 AM Rise 6:35 AM 1
30 High 8:11 AM 5.9 7:47 PM Set 7:39 PM
30 Low 2:17 PM -0.3
30 High 8:33 PM 6.4
Su 31 Low 2:50 AM 0.0 6:54 AM Rise 7:39 AM 0
31 High 9:00 AM 6.0 7:45 PM Set 8:08 PM
31 Low 3:06 PM -0.1
31 High 9:16 PM 6.3
Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 84. East wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 30%.
|Notice posted on Monday, August 18, 2008|
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