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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Friday, April 03, 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 0130/5TH

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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:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jasper Ocean Terminal Board Supports Exit 3 Project

Hardeeville, SC – The bi-state board overseeing the Jasper Ocean Terminal
today voted to support a new interchange off Interstate 95 in South
Carolina to serve the future port facility.

The Jasper Ocean Terminal Joint Project Office (JPO) Board of Directors,
which consists of officials from Georgia and South Carolina, met at the
Hardeeville City Hall, its first official meeting in Jasper County where
the Jasper Terminal site is located. The Board voted to support the
$121.6-million project, which includes the new interchange at I-95 and
other area road improvements. Jasper County and the City of Hardeeville
are sponsoring the proposal, which seeks funding from the South Carolina
State Infrastructure Bank.

“The Joint Project Office is working diligently to lay the foundation for
development and construction of the Jasper Ocean Terminal,” said JPO
Chairman William L. Bethea Jr. of Hilton Head. “The Exit 3 project could
help us begin to address the inland transportation challenges.”

Other transportation planning work is also underway. Last fall, the JPO
hired the engineering firm of Moffatt & Nichol to assist with work on the
project, such as the on-going infrastructure planning. The results of
traffic modeling will help determine highway network impacts, likely
pointing to other required infrastructure development.

The JPO took the action at its board meeting following a presentation by
Ted Felder, economic development director for the City of Hardeeville.
The JPO will formally convey its support of the Exit 3 project in a
letter from Mr. Bethea to Hardeeville Mayor Bronco Bostick.

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

According to the presentation, the exit could create nearly 4,000
construction jobs within five years and 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 44 percent local match of $53
million, a total of $121.6 million in funds would be dedicated to the
project.

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Amendment revives dispute over railway
By Allyson Bird (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Friday, April 3, 2009


Language in a State Ports Authority restructuring bill would require that
the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority transfer a rail line
at the former Charleston Navy base to S.C. Public Railways.

Wade Spees
The Post and Courier

Language in a State Ports Authority restructuring bill would require that
the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority transfer a rail line
at the former Charleston Navy base to S.C. Public Railways.
Previous stories

Who's on wrong side of tracks? State agency, Noisette in wrestling match
over railroad lines on former Navy base, published 03/14/08

Board delays deeding tracks, published 03/19/08

Who's legally on right side of tracks? Railroad tracks at old naval base
are at center of controversy, published 04/16/08

Nestled among the amendments to a State Ports Authority restructuring
bill is a whopper of a suggestion that has nothing to do with changing
the Charleston-based maritime agency.

The added language would require that the Charleston Naval Complex
Redevelopment Authority, or RDA, transfer the rail line and right of way
at the north end of the former Charleston Naval Base to S.C. Public
Railways, reigniting a debate that started more than a year ago.

The RDA filed a lawsuit after the Noisette Co., which purchased the
property containing the rail site, began pulling up some tracks for its
residential and commercial development project.

Public Railways, an arm of the state Commerce Department, contested that
move. It says the tracks are a public utility.

The RDA transferred the property to North Charleston, which in turn sold
a portion to Noisette. The wording of those two transactions differed
slightly, triggering a legal dispute that's still being litigated in
circuit court.

Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Daniel Island, proposed the amendment, saying it
increases the possibility of dual access — or service from the region's
two major rail carriers — at a new container terminal the SPA is building
at the former base.

"We want Public Railways to take over that with the end result of giving
us a little more ability to control rail," he said.

The amendment surprised the RDA.

"We're like the wife of a cheating husband," said Lou Mintz, chairman of
the authority. "We're the last to know."

Mintz said he worries about the possibility of legislation affecting the
ongoing court case.

"That would be my only concern as to why they do that when we're trying
to settle this lawsuit," he said. "It may create ... (a lawsuit) rather
than eliminate one."

Andrew Gowder, an attorney representing Noisette, said he doesn't think
Merrill's amendment applies because it describes military installations
or facilities. The land, he said, no longer belongs to the federal
government.

"That property was conveyed to my client six years ago, and they own it,"
he said.

Merrill said attorneys working on the language disagree with that
interpretation.

"It seems like right now there are a whole lot of people who have
parochial interests, and we probably are in the best position to get the
ball rolling and to show how serious we are about the success of this
terminal and also the need for rail access," Merrill said.

Jeffrey McWhorter, Public Railways president, said officials petitioned
lawmakers last year to resolve the rail issue, but those efforts fell
flat. "It's clear rail access from the north has to remain in place in
order to have dual and independent access at the container terminal," he
said. "We are actively working together, South Carolina Public Railways
and the RDA, to try to resolve the issue."

Though plans for the new container terminal do not include rail service,
proponents continue to push for trains to move some of the cargo to help
ease road congestion.

The bill that Merrill amended passed a House subcommittee this week and
is expected to move to the full House Judiciary Committee in a few weeks.

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

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

Th 16 High 1:13 AM 5.0 6:48 AM Rise 1:44 AM 65
16 Low 7:38 AM 1.0 7:51 PM Set 11:47 AM
16 High 1:28 PM 4.3
16 Low 7:27 PM 1.1

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
1023 AM EDT FRI APR 3 2009

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING


TODAY
SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT LATE.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 5 FT LATE.

TONIGHT
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3
TO 4 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SAT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SE 5 TO 10 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT IN THE MORNING...THEN 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT.

SUN
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT...THEN 2 TO 3 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. A
SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUN NIGHT
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

MON
SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING W 25 TO 30 KT. SEAS 4 TO
6 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS LIKELY.

TUE
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
NEAR TSTMS.
Notice posted on Friday, April 03, 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.