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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Monday, April 13, 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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KMI 4 - HONOURABLE HENRY JACKMA - IN ETD 0001/14TH
KMI 4 - APOSTOLOS - ETA 0001/14TH

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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:

Summey threatens suit over rail lines
Statehouse effort to extend rail lines draws ire, threats from North
Charleston mayor
By Schuyler Kropf (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Monday, April 13, 2009


A study shows that rail lines are needed to help move cargo at the future
State Ports Authority terminal in North Charleston. The plan would cut
down on port-related truck traffic, but finding the right spot to place
the rail lines and related facilities might not be easy.

Brad Nettles
The Post and Courier

A study shows that rail lines are needed to help move cargo at the future
State Ports Authority terminal in North Charleston. The plan would cut
down on port-related truck traffic, but finding the right spot to place
the rail lines and related facilities might not be easy.

North Charleston officials are threatening a protracted lawsuit that
could entangle the state of South Carolina, the Ports Authority and
various railroad interests if a Statehouse effort to force open the
city's northern waterfront to rail lines becomes a reality.

Mayor Keith Summey said that if the legislation goes through, it would
essentially gut 12 years' worth of redevelopment around the former Navy
base — including access to the city's new Riverfront Park — by allowing a
rail line and holding yards to clog prime real estate.

Summey's threat comes in response to an amendment tucked into the
Legislature's State Ports Authority restructuring bill. The proposal,
authored by state Rep. Jim Merrill, would require local officials to
transfer the rail line and right-of-way at the north end of the base, to
the state's Division of Public Railways.

North Charleston officials fear the move would re-industrialize the area
by bringing in trains multiple times a day, making the Ports Authority
and rail carriers happy by expanding access to the new container terminal
the SPA is building at the former base.

In blunt language, Summey said North Charleston was never consulted on
the plan and was bypassed by Merrill, R-Daniel Island.

"The thing that bothers me is the audacity," Summey said.

Merrill said there is no mystery behind what the amendment does, since he
is a long-time supporter of expanding access in and out of the port
project.

"I plead guilty," he said.

The city's various legal options include a lawsuit claiming the
Legislature is violating agreements that said only truck traffic would
serve the new terminal. Also, Summey is suggesting he could file
environmental justice and civil rights lawsuits, claiming the legislation
is intentionally targeting low-income populations living around the
former shipyard.

North Charleston "would fight to the nth degree in any form we deem
necessary" to stop the effort, Summey said.

Merrill said the measure has economic and commerce goals because it would
increase the opportunity for dual port access for the region's two major
rail carriers to the new container terminal.

At present, only CSX Railroad has access into the base's south end.
Expanding rail access from the north would boost access for Norfolk
Southern.

The Post and Courier

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

Though plans for the new container terminal do not include rail service,
proponents, including Merrill, continue to push for trains to move some
of the cargo to help ease road congestion. "Access is vital to the port,"
Merrill said.

On-dock rail seems unlikely, but a new study commissioned by the state
Commerce Department suggests near-dock rail should serve the new
terminal. That said, one proposed site would conflict with the routing of
a planned port access road, and two others would violate the agreement
between the SPA and the city to not run rail through the north.

North Charleston officials said the threats about lawsuits are not idle
ones, saying bad publicity and years of courtroom tie-ups and injunctions
are not something state ports officials want.

"They can watch that great project that they want to build, sit on ice
for the entire time that we litigate," City Attorney Derk Van Raalte
said. "If they are worried about losing shippers now, they need to think
about that."

City Councilman Kurt Taylor, whose district includes areas around the
base, said the ripple effect of bringing trains in from the north would
be extend beyond the base. It would disrupt areas around Park Circle and
elsewhere if trains are allowed to come in several times a day, he said.

"Not only is the city of North Charleston getting stabbed in the back,
it's getting shoved down the stairs, as well," Taylor added.
Previous story

Amendment revives dispute over railway, published 04/03/09

Summey also said he won't transfer the rest of the property pegged for
the Clemson University Restoration Institute until the issue is resolved.

Merrill said he considers Summey a friend, and hopes to schedule a
meeting he and House Speaker Bobby Harrell want to have with the mayor
for the near future. He called Summey "a formidable negotiator" dedicated
to his city's interests.

The SPA restructuring bill Merrill amended passed a House subcommittee
and is expected to move to the full House Judiciary Committee this month.

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CURRENT 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

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
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 April 9, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

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

F 17 High 2:07 AM 4.9 6:47 AM Rise 2:23 AM 56
17 Low 8:29 AM 1.1 7:51 PM Set 12:44 PM
17 High 2:24 PM 4.3
17 Low 8:26 PM 1.2

Sa 18 High 3:03 AM 4.8 6:46 AM Rise 2:58 AM 47
18 Low 9:23 AM 1.0 7:52 PM Set 1:41 PM
18 High 3:23 PM 4.4
18 Low 9:30 PM 1.2

Su 19 High 4:00 AM 4.8 6:45 AM Rise 3:29 AM 37
19 Low 10:15 AM 0.9 7:53 PM Set 2:39 PM
19 High 4:20 PM 4.7
19 Low 10:32 PM 1.1

M 20 High 4:53 AM 4.9 6:44 AM Rise 3:58 AM 28
20 Low 11:04 AM 0.6 7:53 PM Set 3:37 PM
20 High 5:13 PM 5.0
20 Low 11:30 PM 0.8

Tu 21 High 5:43 AM 5.0 6:43 AM Rise 4:26 AM 19
21 Low 11:51 AM 0.3 7:54 PM Set 4:36 PM
21 High 6:03 PM 5.4

W 22 Low 12:23 AM 0.5 6:42 AM Rise 4:54 AM 12
22 High 6:30 AM 5.1 7:55 PM Set 5:37 PM
22 Low 12:35 PM 0.1
22 High 6:49 PM 5.8

Th 23 Low 1:12 AM 0.2 6:40 AM Rise 5:24 AM 6
23 High 7:15 AM 5.2 7:56 PM Set 6:41 PM
23 Low 1:19 PM -0.2
23 High 7:33 PM 6.1

F 24 Low 2:00 AM 0.0 6:39 AM Rise 5:57 AM 1
24 High 8:00 AM 5.2 7:56 PM Set 7:49 PM
24 Low 2:03 PM -0.4
24 High 8:18 PM 6.4

Sa 25 Low 2:48 AM -0.2 6:38 AM Rise 6:35 AM 0
25 High 8:45 AM 5.2 7:57 PM Set 8:59 PM
25 Low 2:48 PM -0.5
25 High 9:03 PM 6.5

Su 26 Low 3:36 AM -0.2 6:37 AM Rise 7:19 AM 0
26 High 9:31 AM 5.2 7:58 PM Set 10:09 PM
26 Low 3:34 PM -0.5
26 High 9:50 PM 6.6

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
339 AM EDT MON APR 13 2009

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING


TODAY
E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SE 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS
UP TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6
FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS WITH A CHANCE OF TSTMS IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 4 TO
6 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS. SOME TSTMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH DAMAGING
WINDS.

TUE
SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

TUE NIGHT
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING W AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS
4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 5 FT LATE. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
TSTMS IN THE EVENING.

WED
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING NW 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

WED NIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING N 20 TO 25 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 5 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THU
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT.

FRI
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO
5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT.

MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
NEAR TSTMS.
Notice posted on Monday, April 13, 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.