|Subject:||SOUTH CAROLINA DAILY UPDATE|
|Date:||Friday, August 29, 2008|
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
KINDER MORGAN - NORD FARER ETD 8/30/08 0400
DETYENS - MADELEINE ETD 0910/08
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
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 community.
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.”
09/09 - 1145 - CWIT LUNCHEON
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 GUSTAV DISCUSSION NUMBER 19
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072008
1100 AM EDT FRI AUG 29 2008
SINCE THE LAST AIRCRAFT FIX OVER WESTERN JAMAICA AT ABOUT 1100
UTC...WHICH INCLUDED A CENTRAL PRESSURE ESTIMATE OF 988 MB...GOES
VISIBLE IMAGERY SUGGESTS THAT GUSTAV IS REGAINING ORGANIZATION NOW
THAT ITS CENTER HAS EMERGED OVER WATER WEST OF JAMAICA. THE
ADVISORY INTENSITY IS MAINTAINED AT 55 KT UNTIL WE RECEIVE NEW DATA
FROM THE NEXT AIRCRAFT THIS AFTERNOON...ALTHOUGH IT IS POSSIBLE
THAT GUSTAV IS ALREADY A LITTLE STRONGER. THE CYCLONE WILL HAVE
MORE THAN 24 HOURS OVER THE VERY WARM WATERS OF THE NORTHWESTERN
CARIBBEAN...AND BENEATH AN UPPER-LEVEL ANTICYCLONE...SO
STRENGTHENING SEEMS IMMINENT AND COULD EVEN BE RAPID. THE RAPID
INTENSIFICATION INDEX BASED ON THE SHIPS MODEL INDICATES A 28
PERCENT CHANCE OF AN INTENSITY INCREASE OF 30 KT OR MORE DURING THE
NEXT 24 HOURS. SINCE THERE IS ABOUT 36 HOURS LEFT BEFORE GUSTAV
CROSSES CUBA...THERE REMAINS SOME POSSIBILITY THAT GUSTAV COULD
BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE BEFORE CROSSING THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF
THAT ISLAND. CONDITIONS OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO APPEAR TO SUPPORT A
MAJOR HURRICANE AS WELL...ALTHOUGH WIND SHEAR COULD INCREASE A
LITTLE. THE NEW OFFICIAL INTENSITY FORECAST IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE
PREVIOUS ONE AND IS A LITTLE HIGHER THAN THE INTENSITY CONSENSUS.
GUSTAV IS MOVING AT ABOUT 295/7 BUT IS IN THE PROCESS OF TURNING TO
THE RIGHT IN RESPONSE TO THE RIDGE TO ITS NORTH...AND IS HEADED FOR
A WEAKNESS IN THE RIDGE THAT IS FORECAST BY ALL MODELS TO DEVELOP
OVER THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
THE GUIDANCE IS IN VERY GOOD AGREEMENT ON A PATH OVER THE WESTERN
PORTIONS OF CUBA IN ROUGHLY 36 HOURS...FOLLOWED BY A TRACK INTO THE
SOUTH-CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO. THEREAFTER...THE MODELS DIVERGE
TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE NORTHERN GULF DUE TO DIFFERENCES IN HOW THEY
HANDLE THE HIGH MOVING EASTWARD ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION. THE
MODELS THAT SHOW A SLOWER AND MORE WESTWARD MOTION ACROSS THE
NORTHERN GULF SHOW A LITTLE MORE RIDGING EXTENDING SOUTHWESTWARD
FROM THE GREAT LAKES HIGH...WHILE THOSE THAT ARE FASTER AND
STRAIGHT NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE NORTH-CENTRAL GULF COAST SHOW
LESS OF THAT RIDGING. THE NEW OFFICIAL TRACK FORECAST IS ADJUSTED
ONLY SLIGHTLY RIGHT OF THE PREVIOUS ADVISORY AND THE
CONSENSUS...GIVING RESPECT TO THE NWS MODELS GFS...GFDL...AND
HWRF...WHICH ALSO SEEM TO DEPICT A SLIGHTLY DEEPER SYSTEM THAT WE
EXPECT GUSTAV TO BE. NEEDLESS TO SAY...DUE TO THE MODEL SPREAD THE
TRACK FORECAST IS RATHER UNCERTAIN...AND FINAL LANDFALL REMAINS
POSSIBLE THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN GULF COAST.
TROPICAL STORM HANNA DISCUSSION NUMBER 6
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082008
1100 AM EDT FRI AUG 29 2008
A 1031 UTC QUIKSCAT OVERPASS WAS VERY HELPFUL IN LOCATING THE CENTER
OF HANNA EARLY THIS MORNING. VISIBLE IMAGERY SHOWED THAT THE CENTER
BRIEFLY BECAME EXPOSED...HOWEVER...NEW CONVECTION FORMED SINCE THAT
TIME AND THE CENTER IS POSITIONED JUST BENEATH THE COLDER CLOUD
TOPS. DVORAK INTENSITY ESTIMATES FROM TAFB AND SAB CONTINUE TO
SUPPORT 45 KT...SO THE INITIAL INTENSITY REMAINS UNCHANGED. IN THE
NEAR TERM...THE DYNAMICAL MODELS SUGGEST THAT THE UPPER-LOW TO THE
WEST-NORTHWEST OF HANNA WILL MOVE WESTWARD AND WEAKEN...WHICH
SHOULD RELAX THE SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR THAT IS CURRENTLY IMPINGING
UPON THE CYCLONE. THE INTENSITY FORECAST FOLLOWS THIS SOLUTION
AND CALLS FOR GRADUAL STRENGTHENING DURING THE NEXT 2 DAYS...
BRINING HANNA TO HURRICANE STATUS. THEREAFTER THERE IS A LARGE
AMOUNT OF UNCERTAINTY IN THE INTENSITY FORECAST. THE GLOBAL MODELS
PREDICT STRONG NORTHWEST TO NORTH UPPER-LEVEL WINDS OVER
HANNA...WHICH ONE WOULD THINK SHOULD HALT ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING
OR EVEN WEAKEN THE STORM. HOWEVER...NEARLY ALL OF THE INTENSITY
GUIDANCE SHOW STRENGTHENING OR LITTLE INTENSITY CHANGE DURING THAT
TIME. ASSUMING THAT THE SHEAR WILL PRODUCE A NEGATIVE AFFECT ON
HANNA...THE NEW INTENSITY FORECAST FOLLOWS PERSISTENCE OF PREVIOUS
ADVISORY AND IS A LITTLE BELOW MOST OF THE GUIDANCE.
HANNA MOVED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD DURING THE PAST 12 HOURS AND THE
INITIAL MOTION ESTIMATE IS 285/10. THE TRACK GUIDANCE IS
IN GOOD AGREEMENT THROUGH 48 HOURS ON A WEST-NORTHWEST TO NORTHWEST
MOTION. THEREAFTER...THE MODELS GENERALLY SHOW A WEST-
SOUTHWESTWARD OR SOUTHWARD TURN..SOUTH OF A BUILDING RIDGE OVER
THE EASTERN UNITED STATES. HOWEVER...THE SHARPNESS OF THE TURN
AND SPEED OF MOTION VARIES GREATLY. THE NEW NHC TRACK HAS BEEN
ADJUSTED SOUTHWARD DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS...MAINLY DUE TO
THE MORE WESTWARD INITIAL MOTION. THIS IS IN CLOSE AGREEMENT WITH
THE MODEL CONSENSUS. AFTER 72 HOURS...THE NEW TRACK IS A LITTLE
FASTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ADVISORY...BUT IS NOTICEABLY SLOWER THAN
THE UKMET AND GFDL MODELS. THE HWRF...WHICH SHOWS A CYCLONIC LOOP
NORTH OF THE BAHAMAS AND A NORTHEASTWARD MOTION AT DAY 5...IS
CONSIDER AN OUTLIER AT THIS TIME.
INTERESTS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS SHOULD
MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF HANNA. IMPACTS IN THESE AREAS COULD OCCUR
MUCH SOONER THAN INDICATED BY THE EXACT TRACK...ESPECIALLY IF THE
MORE NORTHWESTWARD MOTION DOES NOT MATERIALIZED LATER TODAY OR ON
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INITIAL 29/1500Z 21.3N 62.7W 45 KT
12HR VT 30/0000Z 22.2N 64.5W 50 KT
24HR VT 30/1200Z 23.6N 66.7W 55 KT
36HR VT 31/0000Z 24.6N 68.6W 60 KT
48HR VT 31/1200Z 25.1N 70.1W 70 KT
72HR VT 01/1200Z 24.7N 71.6W 65 KT
96HR VT 02/1200Z 24.0N 72.5W 65 KT
120HR VT 03/1200Z 23.0N 73.5W 60 KT
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INITIAL 29/1500Z 18.6N 78.8W 55 KT
12HR VT 30/0000Z 19.3N 80.0W 70 KT
24HR VT 30/1200Z 20.8N 81.8W 80 KT
36HR VT 31/0000Z 22.6N 83.8W 95 KT...OVER WESTERN CUBA
48HR VT 31/1200Z 24.3N 85.7W 105 KT
72HR VT 01/1200Z 27.5N 89.0W 105 KT
96HR VT 02/1200Z 29.5N 91.0W 100 KT...INLAND
120HR VT 03/1200Z 31.0N 93.0W 60 KT...INLAND
SECURITY LEVEL MARSEC 1 - YELLOW - ELEVATED
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with August 29, 2008.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
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
M 1 Low 3:33 AM 0.0 6:55 AM Rise 8:41 AM 1
1 High 9:47 AM 6.1 7:44 PM Set 8:36 PM
1 Low 3:53 PM 0.1
1 High 9:57 PM 6.0
Tu 2 Low 4:13 AM 0.1 6:55 AM Rise 9:42 AM 4
2 High 10:31 AM 6.0 7:43 PM Set 9:05 PM
2 Low 4:39 PM 0.4
2 High 10:37 PM 5.7
W 3 Low 4:52 AM 0.3 6:56 AM Rise 10:42 AM 10
3 High 11:14 AM 5.9 7:41 PM Set 9:35 PM
3 Low 5:25 PM 0.7
3 High 11:17 PM 5.4
Th 4 Low 5:30 AM 0.6 6:57 AM Rise 11:41 AM 17
4 High 11:57 AM 5.8 7:40 PM Set 10:08 PM
4 Low 6:11 PM 1.0
4 High 11:58 PM 5.1
F 5 Low 6:09 AM 0.8 6:57 AM Rise 12:41 PM 25
5 High 12:42 PM 5.6 7:39 PM Set 10:46 PM
5 Low 6:58 PM 1.3
Sa 6 High 12:42 AM 4.8 6:58 AM Rise 1:38 PM 34
6 Low 6:50 AM 1.1 7:37 PM Set 11:28 PM
6 High 1:31 PM 5.5
6 Low 7:49 PM 1.5
Su 7 High 1:30 AM 4.7 6:59 AM Rise 2:34 PM 43
7 Low 7:37 AM 1.2 7:36 PM
7 High 2:25 PM 5.4
7 Low 8:43 PM 1.6
M 8 High 2:24 AM 4.6 6:59 AM Set 12:16 AM 53
8 Low 8:31 AM 1.3 7:35 PM Rise 3:25 PM
8 High 3:21 PM 5.4
8 Low 9:40 PM 1.6
Tu 9 High 3:21 AM 4.6 7:00 AM Set 1:09 AM 62
9 Low 9:29 AM 1.3 7:33 PM Rise 4:11 PM
9 High 4:18 PM 5.4
9 Low 10:35 PM 1.5
W 10 High 4:18 AM 4.7 7:01 AM Set 2:07 AM 71
10 Low 10:28 AM 1.2 7:32 PM Rise 4:52 PM
10 High 5:11 PM 5.6
10 Low 11:26 PM 1.3
Th 11 High 5:13 AM 4.9 7:01 AM Set 3:06 AM 79
11 Low 11:23 AM 1.0 7:31 PM Rise 5:28 PM
11 High 5:59 PM 5.8
MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
100 AM EDT FRI AUG 29 2008
MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR GULF OF MEXICO...
CARIBBEAN SEA AND SOUTHWEST NORTH ATLC S OF 31N W OF 55W.
MOSTLY LIGHT WINDS ACROSS THE GULF OF MEXICO...HOWEVER THE
LATEST NHC FORECAST TRACK BRING TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS INTO
THE SE GULF BY SAT EVENING AS GUSTAV MOVES ACROSS THE FAR
WESTERN TIP OF CUBA. GUSTAV IS FORECAST TO MOVE INTO THE MIDDLE
GULF SUN AND MON AND INTO THE LOUISIANA COAST TUE EVENING.
AS ALWAYS HEADLINES FOR THE GULF ZONES WILL BE BASED ON THE
LATEST NHC ADVISORY.
TROPICAL STORM HANNA NEAR 21.1N60.6W AT 0300 UTC IS FORECAST TO
MOVE NW AND CROSS INTO THE ATLC ZONE BY EARLY SAT AND THEN
BECOME A HURRICANE SAT EVENING AND THEN MEANDER AROUND ACROSS
THE EASTERN PORTION OF AREA THROUGH TUE. WILL HEADLINE HURRICANE
CONDITIONS EXPECTED SAT THROUGH TUE.
TROPICAL STORM GUSTAV IS CURRENTLY NEAR JAMAICA IS FORECAST TO
BECOME A HURRICANE AGAIN BY THIS EVENING AS IT MOVES BACK OVER
THE NW CARIBBEAN WATERS. GUSTAV WILL TRACK ACROSS THE NW
CARIBBEAN AND BE OVER THE FAR WESTERN TIP OF CUBA SAT EVENING.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS SHOULD BE NW OF THE AREA BY SUN.
TROPICAL STORM HANNA CURRENTLY IN THE TROPICAL ATLC ZONE NEAR
21.1N 60.6W MOVING WNW 6 KT. THE STORM SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE
ZONE BY SAT MORNING ACCORDING TO THE LATEST ADVISORY. OTHERWISE
WINDS ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN WILL BE LIGHT.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON LATEST NHC ADVISORY
TROPICAL STORM WARNING N OF 20N E OF 59W...AMZ087
HURRICANE WARNING N OF 17N E OF 78W...AMZ082
GULF OF MEXICO...
FORECASTER DGS. TROPICAL PREDICTION CENTER.
|Notice posted on Friday, August 29, 2008|
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