|Subject:||CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 20, 2009|
URGENT INFORMATION - NONE
Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft
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
FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL FILING REQUIREMENTS:
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
flag arriving with foreign cargo aboard.
24 Hours - advance notice to Pilots
24 Hours - advance fax of crew list and approved visitors required by
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2009
S.C. Ports Awarded Additional Funds to Reduce Air Emissions
Continuing its “Pledge for Growth” environmental initiative, the S.C. State
Ports Authority (SCSPA) has been selected for federal funding to upgrade
diesel equipment at the port, in the harbor and on the highway.
The $3.5-million project involves installing cleaner engines in
container-lifting equipment, two tugs, a dredge and over-the-road trucks.
It will be jointly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), the SCSPA and private companies.
“We are pleased to partner with private companies in the Port of Charleston
on voluntary projects that reduce the environmental impacts of port
operations while also improving a company’s bottom line,” said John F.
Hassell III, interim president and CEO and Board secretary of the SCSPA.
Overall, the project will eliminate 2,000 tons of air emissions, including:
1,700 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx)
200 tons of carbon monoxide (CO)
80 tons of particulate matter (PM)
40 tons of hydrocarbons (HC)
On the terminals, the SCSPA will repower 36 of the Port of Charleston’s
full container handlers that stack containers in the yard, replacing Tier 0
engines with certified Tier 3 engines. The new engines reduce NOx by 80
percent and PM by nearly 85 percent, while also extending the life of the
equipment and improving fuel efficiency.
A baseline air emissions inventory released last September indicates that
the majority of port-related air emissions are from mobile sources. To help
reduce emissions from mobile sources, the SCSPA partnered with several
companies in the private sector, including a tug and barge company, a
dredge contractor and a drayage trucking firm.
Under the grant project, two Charleston-based tug boats owned by Stevens
Towing Co., Inc. of Yonges Island will be repowered. Existing Tier 0
engines will be replaced with 2009-certified Tier 2 engines, which will
reduce fuel usage by almost 30 percent and provide significant reductions
Also in the harbor, a dredge operated by Marinex Construction Inc. will be
repowered with a cleaner diesel engine years before it is required to be
replaced. The repower will reduce NOx by more than 37 percent and CO by
almost 20 percent.
To decrease emissions on local roads, Evans Delivery Service will install
diesel multi-stage filters (DMFs) in 40 local drayage trucks. Evans is
already a partner in EPA’s SmartWay Transport Program. The technology
decreases PM emissions by about 60 percent.
To implement these efforts, the SCSPA requested almost $2 million in
federal funds to match the $1.5 million in matching funds set aside by the
partners. All projects will be completed by October 2010.
The project is part of the SCSPA’s voluntary partnership with South
Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to further reduce
port-related air emissions. Other voluntary projects completed or underway
include electrifying container cranes, truck retrofits, cleaner engines in
port equipment and cleaner fuels used in tugs, pilot boats, rail engines
and other port equipment.
In addition to DHEC and the private companies, other project partners
include the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the American Lung
Economy drags port volume down almost 16%
By Molly Parker
Published May 19, 2009
In the next few weeks, the Port of Charleston is likely to bid adieu to one
small shipping company but plans to welcome aboard another one.
Atlanticargo plans to pull out a service in July as part of the company’s
plan to cease operations on the U.S. East Coast. That niche company made
about four dozen ship calls here per year and has been an S.C. State Ports
Authority customer for a quarter-century.
The small shipping company is getting knocked around “by economies of
scale,” Fred Stribling, the SPA’s vice president of marketing and sales,
said at the agency’s monthly meeting.
“Atlanticargo has been an excellent customer and service provider in the
Port of Charleston for 25 years and will be greatly missed,” SPA spokesman
Byron Miller said.
On a positive note, Hamburg Sud plans to pull its northern European trade
route from Savannah and move it to Charleston within a matter of weeks,
Stribling said. In the near term, the carrier’s goods will ride in on other
ships, so it will not result in a net gain of ship calls but will translate
into more cargo, he said.
It was noted that Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world’s second-largest
carrier, has inked a new agreement with the SPA extending its contract an
additional five years, through 2017. The SPA made that announcement earlier
And relatively new business with Mississippi-based Navistar, moving
military trucks and other vehicles overseas on U.S.-flagged vessels, is
helping drive business, including local business with Maersk Line, said
William McLean, the SPA’s vice president of operations.
Negotiations are ongoing to keep Maersk in Charleston after the Danish
company announced late last year it would pull out of Charleston by 2010.
Overall, the world economy continues to suck the air out of the Port of
In the first 10 months of the fiscal year, pier containers were down 15.8%
compared with last year, falling from 803,226 to 676,125.
A pier container is any box that moves through the Port of Charleston,
regardless of size.
Between July and March, the port handled 1.1 million 20-foot equivalent
units, a drop of 13.6% compared with the same period last year.
Of the nation’s top 10 ports, the only ones to register steeper volume
drops were the Port of Seattle, at 21.2%, and the Port of Long Beach, at 18.3%.
The Port of Savannah’s year-over-year drop during that period was 9.8%,
from about 2 million TEUs to 1.8 million TEUs.
Net earnings for the fiscal year to date were down $12.9 million compared
with last year. The SPA earned $40.5 million between July and April last
year, compared with $27.6 million during the same time this year.
The board is expected to discuss and vote on a fiscal 2010 budget at its
next monthly meeting, on June 23.
Sanford ups ante on port rail line
300 stage rally in North Charleston against legislative effort
By Schuyler Kropf (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Gov. Mark Sanford on Tuesday vetoed the Legislature's effort to open the
northern end of the former Navy base to railroad lines, while more than 300
North Charleston residents met in solidarity to say they won't accept their
city being re-industrialized.
Residents hold up signs in support of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
and the City Council at a Rally for Home Rule and against a rail line at
the north end of the old Navy base.
"We will fight to the very end," Mayor Keith Summey told sign-waving
residents stuffed into a Park Circle meeting room. "We've got some very
powerful people in the state of South Carolina trying to run roughshod over
us," he added.
Summey told the crowd he expects the governor's veto to be overridden today
or Thursday by lawmakers pushing to bring rail lines closer to a new port
terminal being built at the base's south end. But there is a value in such
a vote, city officials contend, because it will put legislators on record
as either supporting or going against North Charleston's position that rail
lines are unacceptable.
Sanford's veto struck down a proviso to the state budget that would have
required that all railroad tracks, structures and equipment on the old base
be transferred to the Division of Public Railways, a part of the Department
Lawmakers who support the proviso say it is needed because it would boost
access to the new terminal being built at the base's southern end for both
of the region's major rail carriers, CSX and Norfolk Southern.
North Charleston officials, meanwhile, say rail lines would gut years of
redevelopment in neighborhoods around the former Navy shipyard.
Sanford vetoed the measure, saying it undermined a seven-year-old
memorandum of understanding linking the State Ports Authority and North
Charleston in an agreement that there would be no railroad access on the
"The principle here is a simple one: Your word is your bond, and this
proviso would break with the words given that facilitated the SPA move from
Daniel Island to North Charleston," he said.
'We've got some very powerful people in the state of South Carolina trying
to run roughshod over us,' North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told a crowd
gathered to protest proposed rail lines.
"Were it not for that agreement, the port would likely have never come to
this site in the first place. It isn't right to some years later try and
change the deal that got you where you are," he said.
Sanford went on to call the agreement "sloppily arranged" from a legal
standpoint, contending that the SPA had no legal authority to bind the
Department of Commerce, the Division of Public Railways or other areas of
But he added that a sloppy arrangement "does not change the spirit of the
agreement," particularly since lawmakers who were present during the
memorandum debate years ago are party to the proviso to change it. He
specifically named Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman and Senate
leader Glenn F. McConnell, R-Charleston.
Sanford's veto message also included a suggestion that all the players
continue to negotiate a good faith rail- access solution, saying rail line
through the northern part of the base would best suit both state taxpayers
and business interests.
"From a business perspective, northern access probably makes the most sense
and is, therefore, important for the way it could enhance the new port
terminal and lower the cost of doing business in the port," he said.
Summey plans protest rally, published 05/19/09
North Charleston officials contest that point.
"From a taxpayer standpoint, we also think it makes the most sense to use
what we have in the old Navy Base to create a world-class port operation,"
Another factor in his veto, Sanford said, is that he doubted the Division
of Public Railways could enter into a "public-private" partnership for
operating an intermodal facility on property obtained through condemnation,
as the proviso potentially directs.
Meanwhile, there were signs late Tuesday that the rail effort was beginning
to slow down with the winding down of the session. Sen. Larry Grooms,
R-Bonneau, said he plans to scale back wording on the rail issue inserted
in a separate pending piece of legislation to restructure the SPA.
Originally, the legislation called for the transfer of ownership of rail
lines and a right of way at the north end of the base. The language in the
bill mimicked the provision in the budget. Now, in the two remaining days
of the legislative session, Grooms said he wants the bill to simply refuse
any transfers of rail ownership without the approval of the Budget and
Grooms said the ownership and access issue already is at the heart of a
pending court case over land on the Navy base, and it is best to step back
and let the suit play out.
Meanwhile, Grooms said he expects the Senate will uphold Sanford's veto of
the budget provision, potentially halting the drive to settle the rail
05/21/09 - 1900 - Charleston County Commissioners meeting
05/22/09 - National Maritime Day
05/26/09 - 1100 - VPA Board Meeting
05/28 - 0745 - NAVOPS Monthly meeting
05/31-06/01 - NC Ports Advisorty Council Conference
06/06/09 - 0900 - VPA 21st Annual Clean the Bay
06/09/09 - 1145 - CWIT lunch
06/09/09 - NC Port Advisory Quarterly meeting
06/11/09 - VA Prop Golf outing
06/19/09 - 1700 - Charleston City meeting
06/24/09 - 1900 - Propeller club harbor cruise
06/26/09 - 0800 - 12th Annual SC Maritime Open Golf - Dunes West
07/21/09 - 1700 - Charleston City meeting
2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED
HURRICANE ALERT - 5 - OUT OF SEASON
SEAPORT SECURITY ALERT CURRENTLY AT YELLOW/ELEVEATED - MARSEC 1
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with May 15, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
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
Th 21 High 5:43 AM 4.9 6:17 AM Rise 3:52 AM 16
21 Low 11:53 AM -0.1 8:16 PM Set 5:27 PM
21 High 6:12 PM 6.0
F 22 Low 12:44 AM 0.3 6:16 AM Rise 4:27 AM 9
22 High 6:35 AM 4.9 8:17 PM Set 6:36 PM
22 Low 12:43 PM -0.3
22 High 7:03 PM 6.4
Sa 23 Low 1:37 AM 0.0 6:16 AM Rise 5:09 AM 3
23 High 7:27 AM 5.0 8:17 PM Set 7:47 PM
23 Low 1:33 PM -0.5
23 High 7:54 PM 6.6
Su 24 Low 2:29 AM -0.2 6:15 AM Rise 5:59 AM 0
24 High 8:20 AM 5.1 8:18 PM Set 8:58 PM
24 Low 2:24 PM -0.7
24 High 8:46 PM 6.7
M 25 Low 3:20 AM -0.3 6:15 AM Rise 6:58 AM 0
25 High 9:13 AM 5.1 8:19 PM Set 10:04 PM
25 Low 3:16 PM -0.7
25 High 9:39 PM 6.8
Tu 26 Low 4:12 AM -0.3 6:14 AM Rise 8:05 AM 2
26 High 10:08 AM 5.1 8:19 PM Set 11:03 PM
26 Low 4:10 PM -0.7
26 High 10:33 PM 6.7
W 27 Low 5:04 AM -0.3 6:14 AM Rise 9:17 AM 8
27 High 11:05 AM 5.1 8:20 PM Set 11:52 PM
27 Low 5:05 PM -0.5
27 High 11:29 PM 6.5
Th 28 Low 5:58 AM -0.2 6:14 AM Rise 10:30 AM 15
28 High 12:05 PM 5.1 8:20 PM
28 Low 6:03 PM -0.3
F 29 High 12:26 AM 6.2 6:13 AM Set 12:34 AM 25
29 Low 6:52 AM -0.2 8:21 PM Rise 11:40 AM
29 High 1:06 PM 5.2
29 Low 7:04 PM 0.0
Sa 30 High 1:23 AM 5.9 6:13 AM Set 1:09 AM 36
30 Low 7:48 AM -0.1 8:22 PM Rise 12:47 PM
30 High 2:08 PM 5.3
30 Low 8:07 PM 0.2
Su 31 High 2:20 AM 5.6 6:13 AM Set 1:41 AM 47
31 Low 8:43 AM -0.1 8:22 PM Rise 1:50 PM
31 High 3:09 PM 5.4
31 Low 9:11 PM 0.3
M 1 High 3:16 AM 5.3 6:12 AM Set 2:10 AM 58
1 Low 9:38 AM -0.1 8:23 PM Rise 2:52 PM
1 High 4:07 PM 5.6
1 Low 10:14 PM 0.4
Tu 2 High 4:10 AM 5.1 6:12 AM Set 2:39 AM 68
2 Low 10:30 AM -0.1 8:23 PM Rise 3:53 PM
2 High 5:02 PM 5.8
2 Low 11:13 PM 0.4
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-
1043 AM EDT WED MAY 20 2009
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON
NE WINDS 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT. A CHANCE
E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 7 TO
9 FT...SUBSIDING TO 6 TO 8 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT. A
CHANCE OF SHOWERS WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS.
E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT...SUBSIDING TO 5 TO 8 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. A
SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 5 TO 7 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT.
A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
MARINERS ARE REMINDED THAT WINDS AND SEAS CAN BE HIGHER IN AND
|Notice posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009|
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