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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Wednesday, February 18, 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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KINDER MORGAN #1 - TUG AMBERJACK & PENN 410 - ETA 1600/19TH

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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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CURRENT ARTICLES:

SPA moves forward with strategic plan for agency


By Molly Parker

mparker@scbiznews.com

Published Feb. 17, 2009

The S.C. State Ports Authority board approved a half-million dollar
contract Tuesday morning with a Massachusetts firm that will help the
agency formulate a strategic business plan.

Norbridge Inc., headquartered in Concord, Mass., will spend about five
months working with the SPA executive team and board to help the agency
identify its mission and prepare a plan to execute it.

The contract is for up to $500,000, and includes a subcontract with New
York-based Halcrow Group.

Interim SPA President John Hassell called it an opportunity for the SPA
to take a “fresh new look at our future.” The last time the SPA created a
strategic plan from scratch was in 1995, he said. The debate about
privatizing portions of the port is not the impetus for crafting a new
plan, Hassell said, though that topic might come up.

Hassell is temporarily filling the role of CEO as the board looks for a
replacement for Bernard Groseclose Jr., who stepped down last month and
officially resigns on Wednesday.

Board member Colden Battey questioned the timing of the effort,
suggesting that it might be wise to wait until a new chief executive is
in place to start the strategic planning process.

But David Posek, chairman of the board, argued that the new director
would have plenty of time to have input on the plan. Ideally, he or she
will be brought on board in the next few months, he said, before the
project moves into the stage of preparing options to meet specific goals
and objectives.

The executive search committee, chaired by SPA vice chairman Bill Stern,
meets for the first time on Friday.

“It’s so critical we get this thing going,” Posek said.

The SPA is facing mounting pressure from lawmakers and the maritime
industry. The economy has taken its toll on container traffic, but some
argue that the SPA executive team could be doing more to buoy business.
Part of the pressure is fallout from Maersk Line’s announcement last year
that it plans to leave Charleston, even though negotiations are ongoing
to keep the Danish company here. Regardless, the company plans to shrink
its weekly calls to Charleston from seven to four by early March.

Between July 1 and Jan. 31, the Port of Charleston handled 897,411 TEUs,
a number that is down 8.3% from last year and is off 6.8% from the SPA’s
projections in the 2009 fiscal year budget.

In January, the SPA handled 106,423 containers, down 17% from the year-
ago month.

The Port of Charleston is not alone in registering a stark decline in
business. In fact, Charleston is closing the gap compared with its West
Coast counterparts, which are almost exclusively tied to Asian trade,
said Fred Stribling, the SPA’s vice president of marketing and sales.
East Coast ports have been somewhat buffered by their diversified trade
lines, he said.

Reach Molly Parker at 843-849-3144.
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SPA forges ahead with planning

Even as it looks for new leader, board hires consultant to help identify
threats, opportunities
By Allyson Bird (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, February 18, 2009


With or without a permanent chief executive in place, the State Ports
Authority plans to move forward on developing a strategic plan.

As volume remains behind projections and the Port of Charleston's top
customer, Maersk Line, begins shifting services to other ports, the SPA's
board of directors Tuesday approved the hiring of a consulting firm to
help identify threats and opportunities over the next five months.

Concord, Mass.-based Norbridge won the contract, and will incorporate
work from Halcrow, a New York firm. The SPA will pay between $450,000 and
$500,000 for the services.

Some board members raised concerns about not having a permanent
replacement for their former chief executive officer, Bernard S.
Groseclose Jr., by the time the companies begin work. Groseclose resigned
during a performance evaluation at the January board meeting.

Interim chief executive John Hassell suggested that the agency not wait
to identify possible improvements.

"I'd love to see our budget process impacted by our strategic thinking
this year," Hassell said.

Jim Brennan, a partner at Norbridge, said the strategic-options study
will not be ready until May. By then the SPA is expected to have hired a
new permanent top executive. The board unanimously approved moving ahead.

Also, the SPA's CEO search committee hired international executive search
firm Boyden at a $97,500 flat rate, provided the company successfully
recruits a replacement for Groseclose.

The committee and Boyden representatives are scheduled to meet Friday.

SPA officials reported at Tuesday's board meeting that 20-foot shipping
container volume is down more than 8 percent for the current fiscal year,
from July through the end of January, compared with the corresponding
year-earlier period.

In Columbia, meanwhile, the state Senate spent the afternoon discussing a
bill sponsored by Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, to restructure the SPA.

Among other changes, the bill would require closer screening for board
members and eliminate the governor's ability to remove board members at
will.

Considering a host of amendments, the Senate on Tuesday approved one that
would reduce a board member's term from seven years to five. Discussion
resumes today.

In a statement Gov. Mark Sanford blasted the bill

"For all the talk in the Senate about the importance of accountability at
the ports authority, it's hard to imagine something doing more harm to
the responsiveness and transparency of that agency than this change," he
said.

"It's very interesting that the very same people who make the argument
that the ports authority needs a change of direction are the same people
who want so much to take away a governor's role in indeed making those
changes."

Sanford applauded a House bill that calls for getting rid of the SPA
board structure entirely and having the governor appoint the directors.

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Harbor pilots seek exemption from federal slow-down rule
By Bo Petersen (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Charleston harbor pilots want the state to exempt them from a federal
rule requiring they slow down to protect the right whale.
A right whale breaches at the Charleston 60 reef about 12 miles east of
Charleston Harbor in 2007.

FILE

A right whale breaches at the Charleston 60 reef about 12 miles east of
Charleston Harbor in 2007.

That won't fly, federal officials say.

The Charleston Branch (Harbor) Pilots Association is maneuvering through
state law to have its pilot boats recognized as a law enforcement
component of port homeland security. Boats that perform law enforcement
or search-and-rescue work get a waiver from a hotly contested National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rule that says ships longer than
65 feet must slow to 11 1/2 mph within 23 miles of the Eastern coastline
along the migration route of the endangered right whale, which includes
the South Carolina coast in the winter.

Two of the branch's pilot boats are larger than that.

Bob Bennett, association administrator, said the move is to support port
security, not to dodge the slowdown rule. But after conversations with
pilots' officials, the Coastal Conservation League is filing an amendment
request to the pilot's rework of a state statute. The amendment would say
the pilots are only be considered law officers when they are doing that
work, not while performing pilot duties.

"We should be clear about when and where the pilots would be exempt,"
said Hamilton Davis, of the league.

Federal officials say they have already made it clear.
Previous stories

Ships' slowdown rule begins calmly, published 12/10/08

Right whale rule wrong, critics say, published 10/10/08

"In order for them to claim to be performing law enforcement duties,
there would have to be law enforcement officers involved," guns and
badges and all, said Charles Green, NOAA Fisheries attorney. "What we
expect them to do is comply with rules" except when it's not safe because
of sea conditions — a narrow exemption that would be decided case by
case, he said. The maximum penalty for a violation is $8,000.

Pilots' officials already sought an exemption under the rule from NOAA,
arguing it was needed both for port security and navigational safety. In
a three-hour meeting, NOAA officials told them repeatedly, no it's not,
Green said.

The NOAA rule was implemented in December following months of criticism
from ports officials and local U.S. Coast Guard officials who say large
ships can't maneuver safely at the slower speeds in the narrow, windswept
shipping channel. The pilots' request to rework the state statute is in
front of the state Public Service Commission and would need legislative
approval. The right whale is the 20-ton mammoth of the Atlantic, hunted
almost to extinction. Its numbers are so low that researchers consider
every living whale vital to the survival of the species. Dozens are
spotted off the coast each winter, including mother and calf pairs. South
Carolina's waters are now considered part of the winter calving grounds.

The pilots' maneuvering follows an unsuccessful attempt by the American
Pilots Association to seek the same law enforcement waiver from NOAA. The
cost in lost time of slowing down ships has been estimated in the
millions of dollars per year for Charleston ports, analysts say. Moving
pilot boats quicker would save some time.

Ports and pilot officials said the precautions already in place, such as
alerting ships to nearby whales, are enough.

"We haven't really been having a problem," Bennett said. "We slow down
for the whales. We avoid collisions. We have been doing this forever."

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Senator tells whale of a tale
By Bo Petersen (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Right whales: They're big. They're bad. And they're vicious. Good thing
they're just not from here.

That's what S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell, R-Goose Creek, is telling people in
Sumter who e-mail him expressing support for naming the endangered
creature the state marine mammal. Campbell is one of the local
legislators who want to designate the bottlenose dolphin instead —
opposing a Sumter school children project.

"These whales are not indigenous to South Carolina and rarely are sighted
in our waters. It is also known to be aggressive to humans," read the
reply from Campbell's legislative assistant, Carol DuBose.

People who study whales disagree.
Previous story

Dolphin may sink right whale for state symbol, published 02/07/09

"I spend my life with these whales. They are unbelievably docile," said
Charles "Stormy" Mayo, whale rescue director for the Massachusetts-based
Center for Coastal Studies, who has worked hands-on with the huge whales
for 30 years. "They come up to the boat because they're curious. They are
very gentle. There is never an issue — and you can underline 'never.'
They're big. They're capable and they never do us any harm."

The only incidences of aggression from right whales have been when they
were harpooned by whalers in the past, Mayo said. They do thrash when
rescuers try to disentangle lines, because the lines have cut into their
bodies and are painful.

As for rarely seen, well, they're seen in South Carolina every year, Mayo
said, sometimes just off the beach or not far out to sea. Survey flights
this winter have counted 24 of the whales off South Carolina's coast so
far, after counting 40 last year, said Dianna Schulte, of Wildlife Trust.

Campbell is one of four local legislators sponsoring a dolphin bill as a
counter to the whale bill submitted by a group of students at Alice Drive
Elementary School in Sumter. Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, was
asked to submit the counter-bill by the State Ports Authority. The
authority is struggling to repair an image in the shipping world battered
by recent management problems. Containerships that use the port now must
slow down near the coast during the whale's winter calving season, under
a new federal regulation.

Sens. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, and Mike Rose, R-Summerville, also
sponsored it. The bills are in a Senate subcommittee.

"I'm horrified that somebody didn't do his research," said Lynn Eldridge,
about the e-mail. Her husband received one. She is the teacher working
with the students on what has become as school project. The students did
their research, she said. And they know better.

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CURRENT ISSUES:

02/18/09 - 0815 Maritime Assoc. of SC Board Meeting
02/25/09 - Propeller Club Oyster Roast
02/26/09 - 0745 - MASC Navigation meeting

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:

03/10/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
03/12/09 - 1200 - Savannah Prop luncheon
03/12/09 - 1800 - Norfolk Prop Dinner
03/17/09 - SCSPA Board Meeting at the Navy Base Terminal
04/09/09 - 1200 - Savannah Prop luncheon
04/14/09 - 1830 CWIT Soiree
05/12/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
06/09/09 - NC Port Advisory Quarterly meeting
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

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

F 20 High 4:35 AM 4.9 6:57 AM Rise 4:13 AM 23
20 Low 10:50 AM 0.8 6:10 PM Set 2:11 PM
20 High 4:38 PM 4.2
20 Low 10:52 PM 0.5

Sa 21 High 5:26 AM 5.1 6:56 AM Rise 4:54 AM 15
21 Low 11:37 AM 0.5 6:10 PM Set 3:09 PM
21 High 5:29 PM 4.5
21 Low 11:40 PM 0.3

Su 22 High 6:11 AM 5.2 6:55 AM Rise 5:30 AM 9
22 Low 12:19 PM 0.3 6:11 PM Set 4:07 PM
22 High 6:15 PM 4.7

M 23 Low 12:25 AM 0.1 6:54 AM Rise 6:02 AM 4
23 High 6:52 AM 5.4 6:12 PM Set 5:06 PM
23 Low 12:58 PM 0.1
23 High 6:57 PM 4.9

Tu 24 Low 1:06 AM -0.1 6:53 AM Rise 6:31 AM 1
24 High 7:30 AM 5.4 6:13 PM Set 6:05 PM
24 Low 1:35 PM -0.1
24 High 7:36 PM 5.1

W 25 Low 1:46 AM -0.2 6:52 AM Rise 6:59 AM 0
25 High 8:05 AM 5.4 6:14 PM Set 7:04 PM
25 Low 2:10 PM -0.2
25 High 8:12 PM 5.3

Th 26 Low 2:26 AM -0.2 6:51 AM Rise 7:27 AM 0
26 High 8:39 AM 5.3 6:15 PM Set 8:04 PM
26 Low 2:46 PM -0.3
26 High 8:47 PM 5.5

F 27 Low 3:07 AM -0.2 6:50 AM Rise 7:55 AM 3
27 High 9:12 AM 5.2 6:15 PM Set 9:06 PM
27 Low 3:23 PM -0.4
27 High 9:24 PM 5.6

Sa 28 Low 3:49 AM -0.1 6:48 AM Rise 8:26 AM 8
28 High 9:48 AM 5.0 6:16 PM Set 10:10 PM
28 Low 4:02 PM -0.3
28 High 10:04 PM 5.6

Su 1 Low 4:36 AM 0.0 6:47 AM Rise 9:00 AM 15
1 High 10:28 AM 4.9 6:17 PM Set 11:16 PM
1 Low 4:46 PM -0.3
1 High 10:51 PM 5.6

M 2 Low 5:27 AM 0.2 6:46 AM Rise 9:41 AM 24
2 High 11:16 AM 4.7 6:18 PM
2 Low 5:35 PM -0.2
2 High 11:45 PM 5.6

Tu 3 Low 6:26 AM 0.4 6:45 AM Set 12:24 AM 34
3 High 12:13 PM 4.5 6:19 PM Rise 10:29 AM
3 Low 6:33 PM 0.0

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MARINE FORCAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
1020 AM EST WED FEB 18 2009

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING


THIS AFTERNOON
SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. GUSTS UP TO 35 KT LATE.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FT...BUILDING TO 5 TO 7 FT LATE. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON...THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE.

TONIGHT
SW WINDS 25 TO 35 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT. SEAS 5 TO
8 FT...BUILDING TO 6 TO 10 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS AND TSTMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THU
SW WINDS 25 TO 35 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT...BECOMING W 20
KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 TO 10 FT...SUBSIDING
TO 4 TO 6 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN
THE MORNING.

THU NIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 4 TO
5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRI
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2
FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SUN
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
NEAR TSTMS.
Notice posted on Wednesday, February 18, 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.