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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Friday, February 06, 2009
Priority:Normal
Notice:

URGENT INFORMATION - NONE

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:

Amerada Hess - Max draft of 40'00
Kinder Morgan - berth 1 - 40'00
Kinder Morgan - berth 2 - 40'00
Kinder Morgan - berth 3 - TBA
Kinder Morgan - berth 4 - Max draft 39'00, tide needed for anything
deeper than 36'00
BP - Max draft 32'6" Low water / Salt
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
Nucor - Max draft 25'00 (movements daylight & tidal restricted), Max LOA
450', Max Beam 52'

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

VESSEL TRAFFIC:
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BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 - IN 2115/4TH ETD 1700/6TH
HESS - ELKA DELOS - IN 2047/5TH ETD 1230/6TH
KINDER MORGAN 4 - SITEAM DISCOVERER - ETA 1030/6TH ETD 2300/6TH
KINDER MORGAN 4 - ARIADNE JACOB - ETA 1900/8TH

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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.

PRIOR TO ARRIVAL - as of 11/15 - Mandatory Right Whale reporting by all
vessels - for information - www.nmfs.noaa/pr/shipstrike.com

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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NEWS ARTICLES:

New proposal to be sent to Maersk next week
Friday, 06 February 2009
By Molly Parker
SCBIZ Daily Staff

CHARLESTON -- The interim head of the S.C. State Ports Authority said the
critical parties have reached an agreement that could keep Maersk Line in
Charleston.

That proposal is likely to be sent to Maersk next week, perhaps as early
as Monday, said John Hassell, who is temporarily serving as the SPA’s
chief executive.

The proposal represents an agreement between the SPA and APM Terminals,
the stevedoring company that manages Maersk’s operations and is owned by
the same parent company, A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. The local manager of
APM Terminals could not be reached this morning.

“They wanted to improve their competitive relationship with the Port of
Charleston and address their flexibility of operations and costs, and we
think this proposal will do both,” Hassell said.

He did not know how long Maersk would take to reply once the proposal was
sent.

Currently, Maersk operates as a licensed user at the terminal, and its
gate operations are run by International Longshoremen’s Association
workers. Under the proposal that will be floated to Maersk, the company
would remain a licensed user, a demand of the ILA. APM Terminals supplies
Maersk with labor from the ILA locals under the guidelines of an
international labor contract.

Hassell said he could not discuss the proposal in detail but noted it
would give Maersk “operating flexibility so they can grow their business
or reduce their business without penalties.”

As world trade has declined in recent months, Maersk has been hammered
by “shortfall fees” charged if the company does not bringing enough
containers through the Port of Charleston as outlined in its contract
with the SPA.

Maersk originally planned to move to the SPA’s common-user yard on the
Wando Welch Terminal to cut costs. Because of the international contract
between global shippers and the ILA, Maersk could not make that move
without the union’s permission. The local ILA chapters voted to deny
Maersk’s request, arguing that it would not only eliminate several dozen
union positions, but also set a bad precedent for ignoring its contract.

As a result, Denmark-based Maersk said it would move its business to
neighboring ports starting early this year and completely end its
relationship with South Carolina when its contract expired at the end of
2010. Already, Maersk has announced that four of its seven weekly calls
to the Port of Charleston will be directed to Savannah, Norfolk, Va., and
Wilmington, N.C., starting in early March.

Hassell said he didn’t know whether those announcements could be reversed
should a compromise be reached to keep the company here. “Of course, we
hope it is (reversible),” Hassell said.

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CURRENT ISSUES:

02/06/09 - 1830 Maritime Association Banquet

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:

02/10/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
02/18/09 - 0815 Maritime Assoc. of SC Board Meeting
02/25/09 - Propeller Club Oyster Roast
03/10/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
04/14/09 - 1830 CWIT Soiree
05/12/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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HURRICANE ALERT - 5 - OUT OF SEASON
SEAPORT SECURITY ALERT CURRENTLY AT YELLOW/ELEVEATED - MARSEC 1

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with January 30, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

F 6 High 4:40 AM 5.8 7:11 AM Set 4:43 AM 81
6 Low 11:11 AM 0.0 5:57 PM Rise 2:44 PM
6 High 5:05 PM 4.8
6 Low 11:15 PM -0.8

Sa 7 High 5:43 AM 6.1 7:10 AM Set 5:37 AM 89
7 Low 12:08 PM -0.4 5:58 PM Rise 3:57 PM
7 High 6:06 PM 5.1

Su 8 Low 12:14 AM -1.1 7:09 AM Set 6:23 AM 95
8 High 6:40 AM 6.3 5:59 PM Rise 5:11 PM
8 Low 1:00 PM -0.6
8 High 7:03 PM 5.4

M 9 Low 1:10 AM -1.2 7:08 AM Set 7:03 AM 99
9 High 7:31 AM 6.3 6:00 PM Rise 6:22 PM
9 Low 1:49 PM -0.8
9 High 7:55 PM 5.7

Tu 10 Low 2:02 AM -1.3 7:07 AM Set 7:38 AM 99
10 High 8:19 AM 6.3 6:01 PM Rise 7:30 PM
10 Low 2:35 PM -0.9
10 High 8:45 PM 5.8

W 11 Low 2:52 AM -1.1 7:06 AM Set 8:09 AM 97
11 High 9:05 AM 6.0 6:02 PM Rise 8:36 PM
11 Low 3:19 PM -0.9
11 High 9:33 PM 5.8

Th 12 Low 3:42 AM -0.9 7:05 AM Set 8:39 AM 93
12 High 9:49 AM 5.7 6:03 PM Rise 9:39 PM
12 Low 4:03 PM -0.7
12 High 10:20 PM 5.7

F 13 Low 4:30 AM -0.5 7:04 AM Set 9:09 AM 86
13 High 10:32 AM 5.3 6:03 PM Rise 10:42 PM
13 Low 4:45 PM -0.4
13 High 11:07 PM 5.5

Sa 14 Low 5:20 AM -0.1 7:03 AM Set 9:40 AM 78
14 High 11:15 AM 4.9 6:04 PM Rise 11:43 PM
14 Low 5:28 PM -0.1
14 High 11:55 PM 5.3

Su 15 Low 6:11 AM 0.3 7:02 AM Set 10:14 AM 69
15 High 12:00 PM 4.5 6:05 PM
15 Low 6:13 PM 0.3

M 16 High 12:46 AM 5.0 7:01 AM Rise 12:43 AM 59
16 Low 7:05 AM 0.7 6:06 PM Set 10:52 AM
16 High 12:50 PM 4.2
16 Low 7:03 PM 0.5

Tu 17 High 1:41 AM 4.9 7:00 AM Rise 1:41 AM 50
17 Low 8:02 AM 0.9 6:07 PM Set 11:35 AM
17 High 1:44 PM 4.1
17 Low 7:59 PM 0.7

W 18 High 2:40 AM 4.8 6:59 AM Rise 2:37 AM 40
18 Low 9:01 AM 1.0 6:08 PM Set 12:23 PM
18 High 2:43 PM 4.0
18 Low 8:59 PM 0.8

Th 19 High 3:39 AM 4.8 6:58 AM Rise 3:28 AM 31
19 Low 9:58 AM 0.9 6:09 PM Set 1:15 PM
19 High 3:42 PM 4.1
19 Low 9:58 PM 0.7

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MARINE FORCAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM EDISTO BEACH SC TO SAVANNAH GA OUT 20 NM-
1013 AM EST FRI FEB 6 2009


THIS AFTERNOON
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KT
LATE. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

TONIGHT
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING W 5 TO 10 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SW 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT NIGHT
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.

SUN
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.

SUN NIGHT
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING NW AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.

MON
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SE. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

TUE
S WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
Notice posted on Friday, February 06, 2009

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.