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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, April 02, 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 - 40'00
Delfin - Max Draft - 42'00
Chem Marine - Max Draft - 38'00 MLW
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 45'00 MLW - Max BM No restriction
North Charleston Terminal - Max draft 45'00 MLW - Max BM No restriction
CST - Max draft 45'00 MLW - Max BM No restrictions
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 - ETA 2330/4TH

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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:

SCSPA Making Port of Charleston Tariff Changes

April 1, 2009


The SCSPA is reducing by 10% the fee for using certain lowboy equipment.
Effective immediately, Rule 34-210 / Lowboy, 100 Net Ton / Per Calendar
Day will read:

306 Day 1-7.................$190.00
307 Day 8-14...............$285.00
308 Day 15-21.............$380.00
309 Day 22 and after....$570.00

Also, the SCSPA will be taking comments from the maritime trade public on
a change to Traffic Restrictions. Rule 34-135 / Traffic Restrictions will
have the following statement added effective May 1, 2009:

All cargo under the control of the South Carolina State Ports Authority
will be loaded, unloaded, or handled by the Authority. No others will be
allowed to perform such handling or manipulation of cargo without special
permission from the Authority. If and when that permission is granted, a
charge of $0.53 per net ton will be assessed against the supplier of
those services.

Maritime and trade industry comments on the changes to Rule 34-135 are
being taken until close of business April 15, 2009. Please send your
comments to Mike Westerfield at 843/577-8620 or MWesterfield@scspa.com.

As always, thank you for your business.

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Bistate Jasper terminal board lends support to road projects


Staff Report

The bi-state commission overseeing the Jasper Ocean Terminal development
voted Tuesday to support an interchange off Interstate 95 in Hardeeville.

The interchange would serve the port facility that South Carolina and
Georgia plan to officially operate on the S.C. side of the Savannah River
in Jasper County.

“The Joint Project Office is working diligently to lay the foundation for
development and construction of the Jasper Ocean Terminal,” said board
chairman William L. Bethea Jr.

The vote was a symbolic gesture of support. Jasper County and the city of
Hardeeville will officially seek funds for the road projects from the
S.C. State Infrastructure Bank.

The total cost for the interchange and area road improvements is about
$121.6 million, the S.C. State Ports Authority said in a news release.

In addition to the interchange, the proposal calls for expansion of
Purrysburg Road from two lanes to four from I-95 southbound to U.S.
Highway 17, an east-west connector roadway from Purrysburg Road to U.S.
Highway 321 and intersection improvements at U.S. 321 and 17 and U.S.
Highway 170 and 17.

The Joint Project Office board, which includes representatives from both
states, met Tuesday morning at Hardeeville City Hall. It was the first
official meeting of the board in Jasper County.

Other transportation planning work is also under way. In the fall, the
office hired the engineering firm of Moffatt & Nichol to assist with work
on the project, including ongoing infrastructure planning. The results of
traffic modeling will help determine effects on the highway network,
likely pointing to other required infrastructure development.

According to the presentation, the projects could create nearly 4,000
construction jobs within five years. They also would open up hundreds of
acres of prime property that could house distribution and warehousing
operations as well as residential and commercial developments. Estimated
job creation from the roadway and associated real estate developments
over a 30-year period exceeds 28,000 jobs.

The town has applied for more than $68 million from the State
Infrastructure Bank. When added to a local match of $53 million, a total
of $121.6 million in funds would be dedicated to the project.

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Coveting Cuban trade
Event to examine ways to expand S.C. reach
By Allyson Bird (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Thursday, April 2, 2009


Cuba is vibrant, but living in Havana is not easy, with rationing, few
modern cars and cramped housing. Conditions worsened with the collapse of
its former ally, the Soviet Union.

Wade Spees
The Post and Courier

Cuba is vibrant, but living in Havana is not easy, with rationing, few
modern cars and cramped housing. Conditions worsened with the collapse of
its former ally, the Soviet Union.
At left, Jack Maybank Jr. of Maybank Shipping based in Charleston met
with then-President Fidel Castro on a previous trip to Cuba.

Provided

At left, Jack Maybank Jr. of Maybank Shipping based in Charleston met
with then-President Fidel Castro on a previous trip to Cuba.
Below, the many 1950s-era cars in Cuba offer vivid reminders of when
trade stopped with the United States. Cuba offers fertile ground for
trade, in agricultural goods and potentially in cars.

Wade Spees
The Post and Courier

Below, the many 1950s-era cars in Cuba offer vivid reminders of when
trade stopped with the United States. Cuba offers fertile ground for
trade, in agricultural goods and potentially in cars.
If you go

WHAT: Opportunities in Cuba for South Carolina Businesses.

WHEN: April 17, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

WHERE: College of Charleston's Tate Center for Entrepreneurship, 7
Liberty St.

WHO: Offered by Global Trade Initiatives in the College of Charleston's
School of Business and Economics and the S.C. World Trade Center.
Speakers include Jake Colvin of the National Foreign Trade Council, Maria
Conchita Mendez of the Alabama State Port Authority and Jack Maybank of
Maybank Industries.

South Carolina's fruitless attempts to open trade with Cuba get a fresh
look this month.

The College of Charleston's School of Business and Economics is teaming
up with the S.C. World Trade Center to organize a conference examining
the communist nation as a potential market for U.S. and state goods.

Though coincidental, the April 17 event follows closely after the Obama
administration's slight nod to loosening Cuban trade policy.

This year's omnibus spending bill includes language to allow a general
license for commercial sales, rather than on a time-consuming, case-by-
case basis. The provisions also strip funding to enforce violations of
limited family visits to Cuba or required cash-in-advance payments.

Trade with Cuba is restricted now to agriculture and medicine. Doug
Friedman, the College of Charleston's director of Latin American and
Caribbean Studies, said the conference will target businesses in South
Carolina that fit that niche.

"The idea is to push the envelope," he said, explaining that exporters
must consider how to broadly interpret the "agricultural goods" label.

"Cuba's a close market and it's a good market because it's a cash
market," Friedman said. "They have to pay for everything with cash."

Jack Maybank Jr. might know that better than any other local businessman.
Under his late father's leadership, Charleston-based Maybank Shipping's
Helen III barge in 2003 became the first U.S.-flagged vessel with an all-
American crew to carry goods directly into Havana in more than 40 years.

From then until about two years ago, when Maybank Shipping became Maybank
Industries and sold the shipping component, the company made monthly
trips to several ports in Cuba.

"There's a great connection between Charleston and Havana," Maybank
said. "There is so much business that can be done down there. We are
losing out to other states and to other countries."

His company shipped newsprint, poles and foodstuffs to Cuba for years. In
its new incarnation, the company is pursuing "agricultural interests,"
Maybank said, declining to elaborate.

Referring to the state's agricultural sector, he said, "We have a lot of
goods here, and that can be (exported) now. In the future they're going
to need roads. They're going to need infrastructure. There's really
nothing they're not going to need."

The idea of expanding trade ties between Cuba and the Palmetto State has
been tried before. In 2004, a small state contingent led by Lt. Gov.
Andre Bauer flew to Havana and returned with what were supposed to be $10
million in leads, but none of those turned into a deal.

Maria Mendez, who is scheduled to speak at the upcoming conference,
serves as director of Latin American trade and development for the
Alabama State Port Authority. She also is Cuban-American and sees missed
opportunity for her home state and others.

Pointing to the number of discount cars driven on the island nation, she
considers the Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Toyota plants, all relatively
close to her port, as potential trade partners. And with Thyssenkrupp
Steel and Stainless USA factory in Mobile, Ala., she notes that Cuba is
one of the world's top nickel producers.

"That would play very nicely," she said. "For us, there are a lot of
other factors besides agriculture that are important to the state."

But agriculture matters. In fact, Cuba is the Port of Alabama's top
customer in poultry, according to Mendez.

Sailing to Cuba takes only 32 hours and, the way she sees it, trips could
leave weekly if U.S. exporters could offer a variety of goods. She said
the new provisions under the Obama administration make no real changes in
that vein.

"It's not just the Cuban people who miss out," she said. "But really, a
lot of Americans."

Reach Allyson Bird at 937-5594 or abird@postandcourier.com.

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CURRENT ISSUES:

04/09/09 - 1200 - Savannah Prop luncheon


FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
04/14/09 - 1830 CWIT Soiree
04/16/09 - 1100 - Georgia Logistics Summit
04/23/09 - 0815 - NAV OPS meeting
04/23/09 - VA Prop Dinner - Oyster Roast
05/05/09 - Charleston National Transportation Banquet
05/12/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
05/13/09 - VA Prop Spring Cruise
05/14/09 - VA Trade Symposium
05/22/09 - National Maritime Day
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 March 27, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Th 2 High 1:43 AM 5.7 7:06 AM Set 2:24 AM 41
2 Low 8:21 AM 0.5 7:41 PM Rise 12:30 PM
2 High 2:21 PM 4.6
2 Low 8:30 PM 0.2

F 3 High 2:54 AM 5.6 7:05 AM Set 3:13 AM 53
3 Low 9:27 AM 0.5 7:41 PM Rise 1:39 PM
3 High 3:33 PM 4.8
3 Low 9:40 PM 0.2

Sa 4 High 4:03 AM 5.6 7:03 AM Set 3:56 AM 64
4 Low 10:31 AM 0.3 7:42 PM Rise 2:48 PM
4 High 4:41 PM 5.1
4 Low 10:48 PM 0.0

Su 5 High 5:07 AM 5.6 7:02 AM Set 4:32 AM 75
5 Low 11:29 AM 0.1 7:43 PM Rise 3:55 PM
5 High 5:43 PM 5.4
5 Low 11:50 PM -0.2

M 6 High 6:04 AM 5.7 7:01 AM Set 5:04 AM 84
6 Low 12:21 PM -0.2 7:43 PM Rise 5:00 PM
6 High 6:38 PM 5.8

Tu 7 Low 12:47 AM -0.3 7:00 AM Set 5:35 AM 91
7 High 6:55 AM 5.7 7:44 PM Rise 6:04 PM
7 Low 1:09 PM -0.4
7 High 7:29 PM 6.1

W 8 Low 1:39 AM -0.5 6:58 AM Set 6:04 AM 96
8 High 7:43 AM 5.6 7:45 PM Rise 7:07 PM
8 Low 1:54 PM -0.5
8 High 8:15 PM 6.3

Th 9 Low 2:28 AM -0.5 6:57 AM Set 6:35 AM 99
9 High 8:27 AM 5.5 7:46 PM Rise 8:09 PM
9 Low 2:37 PM -0.4
9 High 8:58 PM 6.3

F 10 Low 3:14 AM -0.4 6:56 AM Set 7:07 AM 99
10 High 9:09 AM 5.4 7:46 PM Rise 9:12 PM
10 Low 3:17 PM -0.3
10 High 9:39 PM 6.2

Sa 11 Low 3:58 AM -0.2 6:55 AM Set 7:43 AM 98
11 High 9:49 AM 5.1 7:47 PM Rise 10:14 PM
11 Low 3:56 PM -0.1
11 High 10:19 PM 6.1

Su 12 Low 4:41 AM 0.0 6:53 AM Set 8:23 AM 94
12 High 10:29 AM 4.9 7:48 PM Rise 11:13 PM
12 Low 4:34 PM 0.2
12 High 10:59 PM 5.8

M 13 Low 5:23 AM 0.3 6:52 AM Set 9:08 AM 89
13 High 11:09 AM 4.7 7:48 PM
13 Low 5:12 PM 0.5
13 High 11:40 PM 5.5

Tu 14 Low 6:05 AM 0.6 6:51 AM Rise 12:09 AM 82
14 High 11:51 AM 4.5 7:49 PM Set 9:58 AM
14 Low 5:51 PM 0.8

W 15 High 12:24 AM 5.3 6:50 AM Rise 12:59 AM 74
15 Low 6:50 AM 0.9 7:50 PM Set 10:51 AM
15 High 12:37 PM 4.4
15 Low 6:35 PM 1.0

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
717 AM EDT THU APR 2 2009

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT


TODAY
NE WINDS 10 KT...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS. A CHANCE OF TSTMS UNTIL LATE
AFTERNOON...THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS LATE. LOCALLY HEAVY
RAINFALL POSSIBLE.

TONIGHT
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING S 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS
UP TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 5 FT.
A CHANCE OF TSTMS. SHOWERS IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS LIKELY
AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOME TSTMS MAY PRODUCE LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING
WINDS.

FRI
SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7
FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE MORNING.

FRI NIGHT
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 3 TO
5 FT.

SAT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT...BECOMING E 5 TO
10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT IN THE MORNING...THEN 1 FOOT
OR LESS.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS... THEN 2 FT
AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUN
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING S 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 FT...
BUILDING TO 3 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS LIKELY.

MON
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS
LIKELY.

MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
NEAR TSTMS.
Notice posted on Thursday, April 02, 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.