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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Tuesday, May 05, 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: ALIAKNON - IN ETD 1900
KMI #4 - STENA CONSUL - IN ETD 1800/5TH

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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:

Maersk ‘quickly closing in on’ port decision
Tuesday, 05 May 2009
By Molly Parker
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CHARLESTON -- The S.C. State Ports Authority board was expected to hear
details Monday of the staff’s final offer aimed at keeping Maersk Line’s
business at the Port of Charleston. And the Danish company is likely to
make a decision about its local operations within the next two weeks, said
Sen. Larry Grooms, chairman of the S.C. Senate Transportation Committee.

“Maersk is quickly closing in on exactly their business plan for the East
Coast, and a large component of what they do depends on what happens in
Charleston,” he said.

The board was scheduled to meet in executive session via teleconference at
2 p.m., according to a public announcement the SPA sent out Monday morning.
No public comments or debate were expected from the board, SPA spokesman
Byron Miller said.

Miller declined further comment, saying he “cannot speak to the nature of
negotiations with our customers.”

Maersk spokesman Dana Magliola said he would check to find out whether the
company had any news to report, but he had yet to respond by early Monday
afternoon.

Grooms: Decision coming
Grooms said he is confident a decision will come soon, perhaps in the next
week or two.

The Republican from Bonneau said his involvement has been to help
“facilitate conversations that have gotten us to this point so far.”

“I think the ports authority is very close to a final offer,” Grooms said.

After months of discussions between the parties, the SPA executive team has
a proposal that says, “This is it, we can’t do any better,” Grooms said.

The meeting was scheduled because the SPA executive team needs “board
approval on a final offer,” Grooms said.

“That way the Maersk board knows this is not just management talking, and
that they may or may not be able to back it up,” he said. “What’s taking
place is the final steps as to whether Maersk stays in Charleston or
whether they will leave. What they do here affects what they do up and down
the East Coast.”

Grooms said how Maersk reacts to the offer will have a profound impact on
the Port of Charleston for years go come. The economy is forcing shipping
lines to retool their business strategies, and Grooms said he believes the
outcome will be similar to what airlines did 10 years ago when they
consolidated lines into a hub-and-spoke model.

The negotiations among the SPA, Maersk Line and APM Terminals, the
company’s stevedoring arm, have been ongoing since late December and have
spanned two chief executives at the SPA. Former CEO Bernard Groseclose
resigned in January, and John Hassell took over as interim director.

Longshoremen: ‘We’re excited about it’
On Dec. 18, Maersk Line — the SPA’s largest shipping customer and the
world’s largest shipping company — announced that it would leave the Port
of Charleston when its contract expires at the end of 2010.

At the time, Maersk blamed the International Longshoremen’s Association.
The three local chapters of the ILA had voted late last year to deny
Maersk’s request to operate from the Wando Welch Terminal’s common-user
yard, a move that would have eliminated several dozen checker and clerk
positions in exchange for work done by SPA employees.

Maersk is currently a licensed private operator, and that labor is
therefore supplied by the ILA, according to an international labor
agreement. Moving to the common-user yard would have been in violation of
that agreement, ILA Local 1422 President Ken Riley had said. And the ILA’s
national chapter issued a stinging rebuke of the company, saying it put
workers “at the end of their corporate greed chain.”

Those acrimonious relationships seem to have dissipated.

Riley said Monday that the ILA has “watched from the sidelines” and has
every indication the negotiations “are moving in the right direction.”

“It wasn’t about us to begin with, and it’s not about us now,” he said.
“The people who have our contractual relationships are working it out, and
we’re excited about it. I’m certain the offer will not negatively impact
the ILA. If it was going to, we would be in the room.”

Until this year, Maersk was making more than 400 ship calls annually to the
Port of Charleston and represented almost a quarter of the port’s container
business.

The company has already moved its South Atlantic Express and WestMed
services — representing a combined three ship calls per week — to
neighboring states’ port terminals.

Published May 5, 2009



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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 May 4, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

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

Th 14 Low 6:17 AM 0.8 6:21 AM Rise 12:20 AM 80
14 High 12:07 PM 4.4 8:11 PM Set 10:35 AM
14 Low 6:02 PM 1.0

F 15 High 12:35 AM 5.1 6:20 AM Rise 12:56 AM 72
15 Low 7:00 AM 0.8 8:12 PM Set 11:31 AM
15 High 12:54 PM 4.4
15 Low 6:50 PM 1.1

Sa 16 High 1:22 AM 5.0 6:20 AM Rise 1:28 AM 63
16 Low 7:45 AM 0.8 8:12 PM Set 12:28 PM
16 High 1:46 PM 4.4
16 Low 7:44 PM 1.2

Su 17 High 2:11 AM 4.9 6:19 AM Rise 1:57 AM 54
17 Low 8:33 AM 0.8 8:13 PM Set 1:24 PM
17 High 2:40 PM 4.6
17 Low 8:45 PM 1.2

M 18 High 3:03 AM 4.8 6:19 AM Rise 2:25 AM 44
18 Low 9:22 AM 0.6 8:14 PM Set 2:22 PM
18 High 3:35 PM 4.9
18 Low 9:48 PM 1.1

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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-
1038 AM EDT TUE MAY 5 2009

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 244 IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS
EVENING


THIS AFTERNOON
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS EARLY... THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
TSTMS LATE. SOME TSTMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE
HAIL.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE EVENING...THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOME TSTMS MAY PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS
AND LARGE HAIL IN THE EVENING.

WED
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE AFTERNOON.

WED NIGHT
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

THU
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

THU NIGHT
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE EVENING.

FRI AND SAT
SW 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 Tuesday, May 05, 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.