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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Monday, April 20, 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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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:

Cruise terminal could get face-lift
SPA board to revisit 13-year-old plan for updating facility on waterfront
By Allyson Bird (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Saturday, April 18, 2009


The State Ports Authority will revisit plans to revamp its cruise
terminal and surrounding area. SPA interim chief John Hassell has big
aspirations for the site and has ranked it among his top priorities.

Wade Spees
The Post and Courier

The State Ports Authority will revisit plans to revamp its cruise
terminal and surrounding area. SPA interim chief John Hassell has big
aspirations for the site and has ranked it among his top priorities.

Thirteen years ago, the State Ports Authority developed an ambitious
master plan to revamp its then-outdated cruise terminal and to transform
the prime waterfront acreage surrounding it into a two-story system of
shops, lodging and dining.

The area today looks largely like it did in 1996, albeit a little rustier
at the terminal and its nearby warehouses.

On Tuesday, the SPA board will dust off that grand plan and take the
first steps toward hiring a firm to revisit it.

Acting SPA chief executive John Hassell imagines constructing a mixed-use
development around the terminal space, getting the facility belatedly
compliant with U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations and maybe
converting some warehouses into more City Market-area parking.

Hassell plans to work with the city and, perhaps, also with private
industry such as a developer, a stevedoring company or a cruise line.

"I don't think any aspects of 1996 plan to date have been implemented,"
he said. "If we're able to move forward and beyond this very early stage
of work next week, it's significant because it would mark the beginning
of the implementation of the plan."

Hassell ranked the cruise terminal among his top priorities when he
stepped up from the agency's board after former chief executive Bernard
S. Groseclose Jr. resigned.

"The whole passenger cruise aspect of the port business is so different
from moving cargo," Hassell said. "It's more fun. I would love to see
this get rolling again."

There's a practical reason too: The cruise terminal does not meet
regulations laid out in the post-Sept. 11 Maritime Transportation
Security Act. The SPA has been operating under agreements with the
government, the most recent set to expire next month, that it will one
day properly accommodate the elaborate screening process for all luggage,
vehicles and passengers.

And while the SPA is at it, the terminal could use a face-lift to attract
new cruise business. Its only contract cruise customer, Norwegian Cruise
Lines, announced last year that its ship regularly calling on Charleston
had been sold to a foreign company.

"We're not seeking to expand the facility," Hassell said. "We're just
seeking to have a viable facility, which we don't now."

The terminal is more than 30 years old and reflects few changes over the
years. A city-organized task force in 2004 found that a ship stopping in
Charleston as a port of call spends $1.7 million on SPA fees and in
supplies from local companies, while a ship originating in Charleston
spends $2.5 million.

One task force member, College of Charleston hospitality and tourism
management professor John Crotts, said pleasure ships might have little
impact on hotels but greatly affect retailers, restaurants and tour
companies, and deserve a better setup.

"I think everybody agrees the last couple of years the current terminal
is inadequate to serve," Crotts said. "The ships don't like it, but also
it just doesn't present Charleston in a way it should be presented."

Cruise ships account for less than 1 percent of port business and carry
onboard only about 1 percent of Charleston's visitors each year. But it's
an important 1 percent, according to Helen Hill, executive director of
the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"One of the things we value about the cruise industry is it brings many
first-time visitors to Charleston," she said. "First-time visitors do a
lot of things like go to attractions. They also get a taste of
Charleston, and it makes them want to come back."

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said additional parking in current warehouse
space would alleviate demands on Market patrons and vendors, plus
students and staff at the Art Institute of Charleston.

The 1996 master plan likely fell flat, he said, because it contemplated
relocating other port activities at Union Pier Terminal. Riley supports
revisiting the cruise terminal portion, about 9 acres, from that plan now.

David Barber, port agent with Carolina Shipping, said an agreement with
one cruise line, rather than a "build it and they will come" approach,
makes most sense.

From discussions with his customers, Barber said cruise lines want a
better building, more space, ample parking and easy access. "In every
conversation you have with the cruise lines, they want to know what the
plans are for updating the facility," he said.

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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

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

F 1 High 1:37 AM 5.9 6:32 AM Set 1:56 AM 39
1 Low 8:07 AM 0.2 8:01 PM Rise 12:41 PM
1 High 2:19 PM 5.0
1 Low 8:20 PM 0.2

Sa 2 High 2:40 AM 5.7 6:31 AM Set 2:34 AM 50
2 Low 9:08 AM 0.2 8:02 PM Rise 1:48 PM
2 High 3:25 PM 5.2
2 Low 9:28 PM 0.3

Su 3 High 3:42 AM 5.5 6:30 AM Set 3:07 AM 61
3 Low 10:06 AM 0.1 8:03 PM Rise 2:53 PM
3 High 4:28 PM 5.4
3 Low 10:33 PM 0.2

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MARINE WEATHER FORECAST

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

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING


TODAY
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KT THIS
AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT...BUILDING TO 5 TO 7 FT THIS AFTERNOON.
ISOLATED SHOWERS...THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS THIS
AFTERNOON. SOME TSTMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE
HAIL LATE.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING W 15 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 5 TO 7 FT...SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 5 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS. SOME TSTMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH
DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL IN THE EVENING.

TUE
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SW 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

TUE NIGHT
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING W 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE
EVENING.

WED
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

WED NIGHT
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2
TO 3 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THU
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING S. SEAS 2 FT.

FRI
S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.

MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
NEAR TSTMS.



Notice posted on Monday, April 20, 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.