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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, May 07, 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 - JILL JACOB - ETA 0200/11TH
BP - TUG INTERGRITY $ 650-4 - ETA 0400/11TH

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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:

SPA inks 8-year deal with Mediterranean Shipping
Wednesday, 06 May 2009
By Molly Parker
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CHARLESTON -- The S.C. State Ports Authority announced early Tuesday
afternoon that it has inked a new agreement that keeps Mediterranean
Shipping Co. calling on the Port of Charleston through 2017.

MSC is the world’s second-largest shipping company – and among the Port of
Charleston’s largest customers.

The agreement is a five-year extension of a five-year contract MSC signed
with the authority in 2007.

This total eight-year commitment from the company is “very significant
considering the volume and how quickly MSC has grown in the port,” SPA
spokesman Byron Miller said. Typical contracts with shipping companies run
between three and five years, he said.

MSC’s Charleston business totals more than 200 vessel calls annually. The
company ships goods between the Port of Charleston and the west
Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

“This signals MSC’s confidence in Charleston’s ability to handle their
needs now and well into the future,” Fred Stribling, the SPA’s vice
president of marketing and sales, said in a statement. “We enjoy a strong,
productive relationship with MSC, and we anticipate a growing MSC presence
in the Port of Charleston.”

MSC’s South Atlantic headquarters is located in Mount Pleasant, in a new,
45,000-square-foot building that was dedicated with an open house in March.

The positive news regarding MSC comes as the authority continues its
negotiations aimed at keeping Maersk in town. Those discussions have been
ongoing since Maersk announced late last year that it would be pulling out
of the Port of Charleston at the conclusion of its contract in 2010.

SPA board members met in a last-minute executive session Monday afternoon
regarding the Maersk negotiations, though no announcement followed.

For years, Maersk, the world’s largest shipping line, has been Charleston’s
largest shipping customer, accounting for almost a quarter of its business.

SPA officials are hopeful that Maersk will continue its business here, but
the Danish company has already moved three of its seven weekly ship calls
to competing ports.

MSC might be close to surpassing Maersk in its ranking with the Port of
Charleston. The company also makes four weekly ship calls here, and one of
those ships calls twice weekly.

MSC is a privately owned shipping line headquartered in Geneva. It was
founded in 1970. In 2003, MSC became the world’s second-largest carrier,
behind Maersk.

Published May 6, 2009


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North Charleston: E-mail shows SPA deeply involved
By Schuyler Kropf (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Thursday, May 7, 2009


North Charleston officials said they've uncovered a "smoking gun" e-mail
that proves the State Ports Authority is deep in the effort to bring rail
lines into the northern end of the old Navy base.
North Charleston wants to allow rail access from the north end of the
former Navy base to the new port.

Alan Hawes
The Post and Courier

North Charleston wants to allow rail access from the north end of the
former Navy base to the new port.

For weeks, SPA officials have denied any involvement in the rail line idea,
saying the stewing feud between North Charleston, various branches of state
government and members of the General Assembly is not their fight.

But North Charleston officials said an electronic exchange between an SPA
lobbyist and a member of U.S. Rep. Henry Brown's staff is proof that ports
authority involvement is more than it has let on.

The correspondence, dated April 8, begins under a heading of discussing
port security grants. It then drifts into the rail debate by mentioning
possible sites where shipping containers could be transferred from trucks
to trains.

In one message, government relations manager Barbara Melvin suggests that
other state government agencies get involved on the money end, avoiding
friction between the SPA and North Charleston. That would include
rekindling the fight over an agreement between North Charleston and the SPA
stipulating that rail lines serving a new terminal would not run through
the base's northern end.

That agreement is key: The SPA received permits from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to construct the terminal with that agreement in mind.
More info

Read a copy of the e-mail about the grant application, sent from Barbara
Melvin to Ryan Bowley (PDF)

"We were thinking Public Railways, (state Department of Commerce), should
apply for the funds so as to not cause the Port any permit headaches and
raise questions about (agreement) violations for the Port with the City of
North Charleston because the (railroad provider Norfolk Southern) rail
access to its yard on the base would be through the northern end per the
State Rail Plan study," Melvin wrote to Ryan Bowley, legislative director
for Rep. Brown in Washington.

SPA spokesman Byron Miller said the note is consistent with the SPA's
position that it is not involved in planning, developing, financing or
constructing any new intermodal yard adjacent to the new terminal, or in
advocating rail from the north. Additionally, he noted the agency has
consistently said and written that it is committed to earlier agreements.

But North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the e-mail is proof the port
is complicit with the state Commerce Department in efforts to route
railroads through the northern end of the base.

"The bottom line is, they understand what is going on," Summey said Wednesday.

Summey said the SPA is creating the appearance that the Commerce Department
is making requests that, in reality, come from the port.

It's "let it go through Department of Commerce" so it doesn't look like
they are in violation of the Army Corps of Engineers, Summey said.

The e-mail was released to The Post and Courier this week by North
Charleston officials who would not disclose how it was obtained. It was
made public after city officials filed a Freedom of Information request
with the SPA covering nearly all of Melvin's communications over four days
in April. The note was not included in a packet that SPA gave North
Charleston this week.

SPA spokesman Miller said the note was not initially found because it was
written under the security grant heading. North Charleston's FOIA request
remains open as they hunt for additional documents, he said.

Meanwhile, Summey is headed to the Statehouse this morning to meet with
state senators to discuss the rail, base and port issue.

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Last of the ship's chandlers
By Ken Burger (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Thursday, May 7, 2009


Photo of Ken Burger

There was a time when seafaring captains could walk the Charleston
waterfront buying supplies from a variety of ship's chandlers.

That was when tall-masted ships lay at anchor in the harbor and the port
city's pulse depended on their comings and goings.

Today the ships are more mundane and massive, serving mostly as a backdrop
for tourists visiting historic sights or enjoying the beaches.

But there is one chandler left, up on Morrison Drive, the working man's end
of East Bay Street, where you still can buy rubber boots, pipe wrap tape,
rain suits, safety glasses, paint chipping brushes and enough heavy line to
lash your ship to the dock.

"Ships are like little towns," said Laurence Stoney Jr., owner of Coleman
Marine Supply, the last chandler operating on the waterfront. "We supply
everything they need, not just what they want.

"It's an interesting business, logistically. We're always dealing with
moving targets."


Need it now

Established in 1887, Coleman's had a few owners in its long history before
Stoney bought the business in 1993.

But it's changed since the days when captains came to town with a shopping
list and paid cash on the barrel head for supplies. Today's business is
done by e-mail with management companies in faraway places.

Stoney Jr.

"I used to go on every single ship," Stoney said. "But the days of me going
down to meet the ships with a price list are long gone."

Now the orders arrive via the Internet, which is less romantic, but speeds
up the process. And whether the need is a ton of toilet paper or special
spices for Oriental crew members, they want it now.

"That's the nature of our business," said Stoney, 58, as he walked through
a warehouse crammed with fruit juice, gloves, hooks and heavy-duty clamps.
"They don't need this stuff on Monday, because the ship is going to be gone
by Friday. They need it now."

Which calls for a pretty agile purchasing power and a staff of 10
well-trained people who can find the right articles and get them out to the
ships before they sail.

"We find them everything from welders to divers, whatever they need,"
Stoney said. "We supply soup to nuts, and bolts."


Romance language

Luden's, a more visible former chandler turned outdoor outfitter, has
announced it will close later this month, leaving Coleman Marine as the
last one standing.

"This business still exists because of the difficulty of getting things on
the ship," Stoney said. "That's what we do best."

By truck or by boat, Stoney and his staff deliver in high seas and the dark
of night. It's all about the logistics. Even if the business isn't as
romantic as it used to be.

"There's nothing much romantic about ships any more," Stoney said. "They're
just steel, wire rope, grease and paint."

But the old English name remains.

And, while you can still get a signal flare, deck paint or any variety of
light bulbs from your friendly chandler, there is a limit to what Stoney
and his staff will provide visiting sailors.

"Occasionally we get requests for prostitutes," he said. "But we choose not
to participate in that kind of business."

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CURRENT ISSUES:

05/12/09 - 1145-0130 CWIT Luncheon
05/13/09 - VA Prop Spring Cruise

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:

05/14/09 - VA Trade Symposium
05/19/09 - 1800 - CWIT - Guest speakers
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 6, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

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

Tu 19 High 3:56 AM 4.8 6:18 AM Rise 2:52 AM 34
19 Low 10:13 AM 0.4 8:15 PM Set 3:20 PM
19 High 4:29 PM 5.2
19 Low 10:50 PM 0.9

W 20 High 4:50 AM 4.8 6:17 AM Rise 3:21 AM 25
20 Low 11:03 AM 0.2 8:15 PM Set 4:22 PM
20 High 5:21 PM 5.6
20 Low 11:49 PM 0.6

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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-
1026 AM EDT THU MAY 7 2009


THIS AFTERNOON
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT.

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

FRI
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

FRI NIGHT
SW WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SAT
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SAT NIGHT
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.

SUN
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...DIMINISHING TO 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO
3 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

MON
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING N 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A
SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
NEAR TSTMS.
Notice posted on Thursday, May 07, 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.