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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Friday, April 17, 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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HESS - ELKA NIKOLAS - IN ETD 1000/17TH
BP - ATB COMMITMENT - IN ETD 1800/18TH
HESS - TRANSIB BRIDGE - ETA 1800/17TH

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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:

U.S. port volume dips below 1 million
Friday, 17 April 2009
By Molly Parker
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CHARLESTON -- The Port of Charleston is not alone in its suffering from
the decline in world trade.

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports hit its
lowest level in seven years in February, according to the monthly Port
Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and
IHS Global Insight.

For the first time in half a decade, container volume dropped below the 1
million mark at the nation’s major ports. February also marked the 20th
consecutive month to register a year-over-year decline in container
traffic handled by the nine major U.S. ports, which include the Port of
Charleston.

Though numbers began climbing upward again in March and April, volume is
not expected to hit the 1 million mark again before May, the report says.
Imports will continue to see significant declines compared with last year
and at least through the summer.

“These numbers come during the slowest part of the annual shipping cycle,
so they’re expected to be low, but they nonetheless show the severity of
the current recession and its impact on the retail industry,” Jonathan
Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy for the National
Retail Federation, said in a statement.

“The good news is that we’ve already seen the bottom for the year, and
month-to-month numbers are already starting to climb. We’re still going
to see double-digit declines compared with last year, but the size of the
gap is starting to narrow.”

U.S. ports surveyed handled 847,832 20-foot equivalent units in February,
the most recent month for which numbers are available. That was down
20.6% from January’s 1.07 million TEUs and 31.3% from February 2008’s
1.23 million.

“These are unprecedented times,” said S.C. State Ports Authority
spokesman Byron Miller.

Container traffic through the Port of Charleston was down 31% in February
compared with the same month a year ago. Between July and February,
traffic was down about 11% compared with the year-ago period. The port
handled 994,958 TEU in the first eight months of the fiscal year,
compared with 1,119,746 in the year-ago period.

Traffic through the Port of Charleston is expected to be down 24.1% for
the first half of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008. “The weak
demand and loss of market share continues to impact cargo demand at the
port,” the report says.

At the Port of Savannah, April traffic is forecast to be up 5.9% compared
with March and down 22% compared with April 2008. Volume is expected to
be down 19.9% in the first six months of the calendar year compared with
the year-ago period.

All U.S. ports covered by Port Tracker — Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland,
Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads,
Charleston and Savannah on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast —
were rated “low” for congestion, the same as last month.

Volume for March was estimated at 930,142 TEU, down 19.7% from a year
ago, and April is forecast at 987,371 TEU, down 22%. The numbers are
expected to rise above the 1 million mark again in May but will
nonetheless remain well below last year’s levels.

Month

May

June

July

August
Forecast

1.02 million TEU

1.06 million TEU

1.11 million TEU

1.15 million TEU
% Change from 2008

-21.5%

-18.3%

-15.6%

-16.0%

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CURRENT ISSUES:

04/21/09 - 0900 - SCSPA Meeting
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
05/26/09 - 1100 - VPA Board Meeting
06/09/09 - NC Port Advisory Quarterly meeting
06/11/09 - VA Prop Golf outing
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

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

M 27 Low 4:25 AM -0.2 6:36 AM Rise 8:12 AM 4
27 High 10:19 AM 5.1 7:59 PM Set 11:17 PM
27 Low 4:23 PM -0.5
27 High 10:41 PM 6.5

Tu 28 Low 5:16 AM -0.1 6:35 AM Rise 9:13 AM 10
28 High 11:12 AM 5.0 7:59 PM
28 Low 5:16 PM -0.3
28 High 11:36 PM 6.3

W 29 Low 6:10 AM 0.1 6:34 AM Set 12:18 AM 18
29 High 12:10 PM 4.9 8:00 PM Rise 10:21 AM
29 Low 6:13 PM -0.1

Th 30 High 12:34 AM 6.1 6:33 AM Set 1:11 AM 28
30 Low 7:08 AM 0.2 8:01 PM Rise 11:31 AM
30 High 1:13 PM 4.9
30 Low 7:14 PM 0.1

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
532 AM EDT FRI APR 17 2009

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON


TODAY
NE 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
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NE 5 TO 10 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SAT
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO
4 FT.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SUN
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUN NIGHT
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SW 20 TO 25 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

MON
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 5
FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

TUE
W WINDS 10 TO 15 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 17, 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.