|Subject:||CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 25, 2009|
|Notice:||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 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
BP - TUG INTEGRITY AND 650-4 - IN 1444/24TH ETD 1700/25TH
HESS - ENERGY PATRIOT - IN 1900/24TH ETD 1330/25TH
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
flag arriving with foreign cargo aboard.
24 Hours - advance notice to Pilots
24 Hours - advance fax of crew list and approved visitors required by
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.
CURRENT ARTICLES: 2/25 - Four New Super Post-Panamax Cranes Arrive at Port
February 23, 2009; Savannah, Ga. --
Cranes Will Reduce Operating Costs and Improve Efficiencies for Customers
Savannah, Ga. – February 23, 2009 – The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA)
announced the arrival of four new super post-Panamax cranes at the Port of
Savannah. The new cranes arrived aboard the Dockwise M/V Tern, a specially
designed vessel capable of moving large, heavy structures.
“The arrival of four new super post-Panamax cranes is an excellent example
of Georgia’s commitment to expand capacity and provide superior services,”
said GPA Executive Director Doug J. Marchand. “The new additions to our
fleet will reduce operating costs, increase flexibility and efficiencies
for our customers.”
With the addition of today’s new cranes, Garden City Terminal now has the
largest fleet (23) of ship-to-shore cranes at one facility in this
country. The new cranes will be operational by mid-summer 2009.
“Our efforts today will create opportunities to gain market share
tomorrow,” said Marchand. “These preparations will ensure that when the
economy does turn around, our rebound will be that much greater.”
The cranes are part of the GPA’s long-term strategic growth plan to
accommodate 6.5 million TEUs of capacity by 2018, doubling its current
capacity, Marchand added.
Fully assembled, the cranes are approximately 425 feet long, weigh 1,369
tons and rise 180 feet above the water with a 34-degree incline.
Modern and environmentally friendly, the four new cranes are the largest
of their kind in the world, with the capability of handling super post-
Panamax vessels the size of 22 containers wide. The state-of-the art
cranes were designed in Finland and built in China by Konecranes VLC in
The new cranes are energy efficient and will be powered solely by
electricity. “The cranes will generate more than 30 percent of their total
energy requirements by tapping into the power of gravity and kinetic
energy,” said GPA’s Director of Engineering and Maintenance Wilson
Tillotson. “For every one hour each of these cranes is operational, it
uses its own power for approximately 18 minutes.”
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than
286,476 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $14.9 billion in
income, $55.8 billion in revenue and $2.8 billion in state and local taxes
to Georgia’s economy.
Grain elevator incident at SPA spurs questions, probe
By Allyson Bird (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Only in these times — while the State Ports Authority searches for a new
chief executive and watches its biggest customer, Maersk Line, gradually
ship out — could something as unexciting as an abandoned grain elevator
become central to a political debate and a criminal investigation.
The back story begins rather mundanely: Months ago, an Indiana
cooperative eyed resurrecting the elevator. Representatives from Co-
Alliance LLC courted local business leaders who, in turn, reached out to
lawmakers, pumping up the proposal as a potential boon for the state
Then, in November, those representatives noticed pricey copper wire
missing from the elevator, leading one Co-Alliance executive to suggest
that SPA employees, at a minimum, discouraged the deal and, at most,
The then-head of the SPA responded that the agency had been working in
good faith with Co-Alliance and that it had moved immediately to get to
the bottom of the theft by calling in the State Law Enforcement Division.
The port also asked for the company's assistance in the missing-wire
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell said learning about the
company's experience marked the moment when he "came to the conclusion
(SPA officials) had lost their focus on their role to be an economic
engine and to create jobs."
McConnell, R-Charleston, has since thrown his support behind a Senate
bill that would restructure the agency's board.
McConnell and Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, both said that maritime
business leaders had contacted them months before the copper incident,
worried the port would lose Co-Alliance. Grooms said he then spoke with
the cooperative's representatives, who told him their impression was that
SPA officials "really don't want our business."
The SPA had planned to demolish the grain elevator, which had not been
used since the S.C. Farm Bureau pulled out in 2003. The agency had
already ripped up nearby railroad tracks, installed refrigerated
container slots and planned to use that space to expand its container-
Co-Alliance promised to hire at least a dozen people to run the elevator,
while creating jobs for maritime workers, such as truck drivers,
stevedores and freight forwarders. It also offered to schedule work at
night to minimize conflicts with existing container operations, according
Grooms, who is sponsoring the SPA restructuring bill, said the
cooperative would have brought the potential to buy much of the corn and
wheat produced in the state.
"The lesson with Co-Alliance is that you had a customer wanting to use a
port asset and, rightly or wrongly, they felt the SPA didn't want their
business," Grooms said. "How many customers feel the same way?"
In a Dec. 8 letter to then-SPA Chief Executive Officer Bernard S.
Groseclose Jr., Co-Alliance's grain division manager John Brammeier said
his company first learned about the damage to the silo in late November.
A port police incident report dates to August, when Co-Alliance toured
"Your people are calling it vandalism, but I have some reservation of
whether it really is vandalism, or an orchestrated project to do enough
damage to make it impossible for Co-Alliance to continue to do their due
diligence," Brammeier wrote. "It would seem that it would be quite a
coincidence that the elevator has been vacant for five to ten years and
never had anything happen, and as soon as there is a party interested in
bringing the asset back to life, things start to disappear."
The letter goes on to suggest that SPA employees made comments about a
man who took the wiring and a supervisor who told them to keep mum. The
letter also states that Co-Alliance initiated every meeting with the SPA
and that representatives of the cooperative were told at each one why
their proposal would not work.
Groseclose said in his response that the SPA worked cooperatively with Co-
Alliance and that it continued to evaluate the potential effects, such as
losing about 20 percent of the port's refrigerated container storage
area, if the grain elevator was reactivated.
He also pointed out that port police determined the vandalism and theft
occurred "some time ago" and that the SPA had requested an independent
"If there has been any wrongdoing by Ports Authority employees, we want
to know about it and we want to see justice," Groseclose wrote in his
letter. "I ask for Co-Alliance's cooperation with the investigation,
specifically with regard to the comments and actions that you attributed
to 'port employees.' "
A SLED official said the probe remains open.
Grooms said he doubts any SPA connection to the wire theft, but
added, "The strange thing is it happened behind a secure area."
Groseclose resigned during a performance evaluation at a January SPA
board meeting, leaving former board member and maritime-industry leader
John Hassell at the helm until the agency finds a permanent replacement.
Co-Alliance Chief Executive Officer Kevin Still said in a recent
interview that the cooperative maintains interest in the North Charleston
grain elevator under Hassell's leadership.
"We're excited about the opportunity," Still said. "We like the people
we're dealing with now. But, obviously, the economy is playing a role."
Still did not reveal details of the discussions but said he hoped to
have "something settled" by late summer.
Hassell said the deal could help South Carolina farmers expand the market
for their goods and that the SPA supports in that direction.
"I think this is an attractive opportunity for the authority to use an
asset that has been offline for many years," he said. "It makes sense for
us to do everything we can to benefit the farming community of South
Carolina, as well as the authority."
02/25/09 - Propeller Club Oyster Roast
02/26/09 - 0745 - MASC Navigation meeting
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
HURRICANE ALERT - 5 - OUT OF SEASON
SEAPORT SECURITY ALERT CURRENTLY AT YELLOW/ELEVEATED - MARSEC 1
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with January 30, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
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
W 4 High 12:50 AM 5.5 6:44 AM Set 1:31 AM 45
4 Low 7:32 AM 0.6 6:19 PM Rise 11:25 AM
4 High 1:21 PM 4.4
4 Low 7:39 PM 0.0
Th 5 High 2:03 AM 5.4 6:42 AM Set 2:33 AM 56
5 Low 8:43 AM 0.5 6:20 PM Rise 12:29 PM
5 High 2:36 PM 4.4
5 Low 8:50 PM -0.1
F 6 High 3:17 AM 5.5 6:41 AM Set 3:28 AM 67
6 Low 9:50 AM 0.4 6:21 PM Rise 1:39 PM
6 High 3:49 PM 4.7
6 Low 10:00 PM -0.3
Sa 7 High 4:26 AM 5.7 6:40 AM Set 4:16 AM 78
7 Low 10:52 AM 0.1 6:22 PM Rise 2:50 PM
7 High 4:55 PM 5.0
7 Low 11:04 PM -0.5
Su 8 High 5:27 AM 5.9 6:39 AM Set 4:57 AM 86
8 Low 11:47 AM -0.3 6:22 PM Rise 4:01 PM
8 High 5:54 PM 5.4
M 9 Low 12:02 AM -0.8 7:37 AM Set 6:33 AM 93
9 High 7:21 AM 6.0 7:23 PM Rise 6:09 PM
9 Low 1:37 PM -0.5
9 High 7:48 PM 5.8
Tu 10 Low 1:56 AM -0.9 7:36 AM Set 7:05 AM 98
10 High 8:09 AM 6.0 7:24 PM Rise 7:15 PM
10 Low 2:23 PM -0.7
10 High 8:37 PM 6.0
WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
342 AM EST WED FEB 25 2009
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING E LATE. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
E WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING E 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 4 FT.
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING E 5 TO 10 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SW 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS
BUILDING TO 5 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT.
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
|Notice posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009|
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.