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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, April 30, 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:

Waterway section to get needed attention
Stimulus money to pay for dredging near Charleston
By David Slade (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Thursday, April 30, 2009


The traffic on South Carolina's maritime interstate soon will have
smoother sailing.

After years of neglect that stemmed from a lack of funding, a section of
the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Charleston is slated for dredging
this fall, thanks to $4 million in federal stimulus money.
The Island Express from Yonge's Island keeps to the left side of the
river, avoiding the shallows, as it makes its way north on the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. The waterway, plagued by silt that
has reduced its depth in many areas, will be dredged this fall with $4
million in federal stimulus money.


The work will be part of a series of Intracoastal Waterway dredging
projects that are expected to cost $22 million. The goal is to remove
silt that has treacherously reduced the depth of the waterway, which
provides a protected inshore passage for coastal boaters and barge
traffic.

"As a result of this funding, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway will be
near or at its authorized depth of 12 feet from Virginia to Florida for
the first time in many years," said Rosemary M. Lynch of the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway Association, in an e-mail to members of the group.

In the Charleston area, the project is among $25 million in American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives approved by the Army Corps of
Engineers and announced Wednesday.

Other projects include the dredging of the lower Charleston Harbor and
new waterlines near lakes Marion and Moultrie.

The dredging work on the Intracoastal Waterway will focus on the area,
known as a reach, from Winyah Bay to Charleston. Some dredging also is
planned for the Charleston to Port Royal reach.

Currently, some areas are as shallow as 6 feet, according to the Corps.

"It's been a problem for a number of years, mainly between here and
Charleston," said McClellanville Mayor Rutledge Leland. "The ICW had
reached a point where those big barges were hardly able to use it, and
they had to time it for the high tides in some areas."
More info

Army Corps of Engineers Press release (PDF)

Army Corps of Engineers Fact sheet (PDF)

"It's also a big deal for the marinas, with the people coming south for
the winter and (going) north for the summer, and there's also plenty of
local traffic," he said.

In recent years South Carolina received only about $800,000 for
Intracoastal Waterway maintenance, so the stimulus funding represents a
huge one-time increase.

In the lower Charleston Harbor, the Corps has committed $6 million for
dredging the shipping channel to its authorized depth of 45 feet,
primarily to support the container port.

The Corps also has agreed to fund nearly $3 million in upgrades to an
existing Santee River diversion program aimed at reducing silt in the
harbor.

At Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, $11.9 million in stimulus funds will
pay for 8 miles of new waterlines, as part of a much larger initiative to
provide water and sewer to portions of 5 counties along the Interstate 95
corridor, according to the Corps.

An 8-million-gallon-per-day sewage treatment plant was completed last
year by the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency
Previous stories

Endangered waterway, running around, published 07/11/04

Future still looks murky for Intracoastal Waterway, published 08/04/07

When work began on the plant, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn said: "For some
residents, this is the first step toward quality drinking water and for
some communities, it is the first step toward attracting much-needed
economic investments."

Those investments include plans by Dubai-based Jafza International to
create a campus of light manufacturing, warehouse and distribution
operations, a sort of inland port that could employ more than 3,000
people by the time it starts operations in 2012.

While the stimulus funds will give a large boost to some projects in the
region, many others that sought funding came away empty-handed.

The Charleston Water System had sought stimulus funding from the Corps
for construction of a new wastewater tunnel system west of the Ashley
River, for example, but was told the project did not qualify.

Nationally, the Corps got $4.6 billion in stimulus funds for its Civil
Works programs.

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CURRENT ISSUES:

05/05/09 - Charleston National Transportation Banquet
05/12/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
05/13/09 - VA Prop Spring Cruise

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:

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 28, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

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

M 4 High 4:41 AM 5.4 6:29 AM Set 3:37 AM 72
4 Low 11:01 AM 0.0 8:04 PM Rise 3:56 PM
4 High 5:25 PM 5.7
4 Low 11:34 PM 0.2

Tu 5 High 5:35 AM 5.3 6:28 AM Set 4:07 AM 81
5 Low 11:52 AM -0.2 8:04 PM Rise 4:57 PM
5 High 6:18 PM 6.0

W 6 Low 12:29 AM 0.0 6:28 AM Set 4:36 AM 88
6 High 6:26 AM 5.2 8:05 PM Rise 5:59 PM
6 Low 12:39 PM -0.2
6 High 7:06 PM 6.2

Th 7 Low 1:20 AM 0.0 6:27 AM Set 5:07 AM 94
7 High 7:13 AM 5.2 8:06 PM Rise 7:00 PM
7 Low 1:24 PM -0.2
7 High 7:51 PM 6.3

F 8 Low 2:08 AM -0.1 6:26 AM Set 5:41 AM 98
8 High 7:57 AM 5.1 8:07 PM Rise 8:02 PM
8 Low 2:06 PM -0.1
8 High 8:33 PM 6.3

Sa 9 Low 2:53 AM 0.0 6:25 AM Set 6:19 AM 99
9 High 8:40 AM 5.0 8:07 PM Rise 9:02 PM
9 Low 2:46 PM 0.0
9 High 9:13 PM 6.2

Su 10 Low 3:35 AM 0.1 6:24 AM Set 7:02 AM 99
10 High 9:21 AM 4.8 8:08 PM Rise 9:59 PM
10 Low 3:25 PM 0.2
10 High 9:53 PM 6.0

M 11 Low 4:16 AM 0.2 6:23 AM Set 7:51 AM 97
11 High 10:01 AM 4.7 8:09 PM Rise 10:52 PM
11 Low 4:03 PM 0.4
11 High 10:32 PM 5.8

Tu 12 Low 4:57 AM 0.4 6:23 AM Set 8:43 AM 93
12 High 10:42 AM 4.6 8:10 PM Rise 11:39 PM
12 Low 4:41 PM 0.6
12 High 11:11 PM 5.5

W 13 Low 5:37 AM 0.6 6:22 AM Set 9:38 AM 87
13 High 11:23 AM 4.5 8:10 PM
13 Low 5:20 PM 0.8
13 High 11:52 PM 5.3

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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST

WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM EDISTO BEACH SC TO SAVANNAH GA OUT 20 NM-
946 AM EDT THU APR 30 2009


THIS AFTERNOON
SE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT...MAINLY IN SE
SWELL.

TONIGHT
SE WINDS 10 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 15 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

FRI
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SAT
SW WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SUN AND MON
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.
Notice posted on Thursday, April 30, 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.