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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Tuesday, July 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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KMI4 - HARMEN OLDENDORFF - ETA 1330/7TH ETD 2100/7TH
KMI4 - BOW ARCHITECT - ETA 0330/10TH
KMI4 - CAPE BEALE - ETA 7/12/09

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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.

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:

S.C. may fight Georgia harbor deepening
Monday, 06 July 2009
By Molly Parker
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A leading South Carolina senator on Thursday suggested the state work to
ensure that the Georgia Ports Authority’s harbor deepening project fails,
throwing a politically explosive comment into the conversation as the
neighboring states work to jointly build a terminal in Jasper County.

The Georgia Ports Authority has been working for years to secure a permit
from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the Savannah River another
six feet for a 22-plus mile stretch from the ocean to the GPA’s Garden City
Terminal in Savannah.

“It seems to me we should get that high-powered consultant to ensure that
Georgia doesn’t get that permit,” said Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence,
chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Otherwise, Leatherman said, “We can
kiss our port goodbye.”

The harbor is currently 42 feet and the GPA seeks to take it to 48 feet.
Charleston’s harbor is 45 feet deep, a fact that tops the S.C. State Ports
Authority’s sales pitch. The larger ships expected to flow to the East
Coast when the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2014 will need deeper
waters.

Leatherman was referring to the Jasper Ocean Terminal that South Carolina
and Georgia have agreed to jointly build on the S.C. side of the Savannah
River. That project would also require a deepening of the harbor to 48
feet, but only eight miles upstream.

Leatherman made the comment during a legislative oversight committee
meeting following a presentation by Dean Moss, head of the S.C. Savannah
River Maritime Commission, the state authority created to make binding
decisions with regard to the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

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Model port security team in peril
By David Slade (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Supporters of a port security initiative in Charleston called Project
SeaHawk say the program has become a national model that shows how local,
state and federal authorities should cooperate in the interests of national
security.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens as Secretary of the Department of
Homeland Security Janet Napolitano speaks at a press conference Monday
after touring the facilities at Project SeaHawk.

Sharing resources and information, agencies ranging from the local sheriff
to the Coast Guard have been working together to protect the port and
monitor cargo for the past six years, operating in the ports, from boats
and from a joint command center at the old Charleston Naval base.

Funded with congressional earmarks, the task force has acquired special
sonar equipment to monitor the harbor, a dog trained to sniff out large
amounts of currency, a detection system to monitor radioactive materials, a
network of surveillance cameras and a computer network to let different
agencies communicate with each other securely.

There are questions about the program's future, however, as management will
be handed off in October from the Department of Justice to the Department
of Homeland Security.

Specifically, there's an issue about whether the federal government will
continue to pay about $880,000 yearly to subsidize the participation of
local law enforcement agencies.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the SeaHawk operations
center Monday with federal lawmakers and local officials. Napolitano said
she was impressed but that some work would be needed to secure funding for
local operations when the program is transferred from the Justice
Department.
Previous story

Covering the Waterfront; Local security team is model for other seaports
around nation, published 08/11/08

"Unfortunately, when the program transferred from DOJ, the funding did not
transfer along," Napolitano said. "That's why we're in this pickle."

The Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant police departments and
the Charleston County Sheriff's Office have personnel and equipment
assigned to SeaHawk. The Coast Guard, part of Homeland Security, plays a
lead role and will manage the program starting Oct. 1.

"As part of our pilot project, we were able to reimburse some salaries and
pay fuel supplements for local officers to be detailed to the project,"
said Assistant U.S. Attorney and SeaHawk Director Kelly Shackelford. "I
think everyone is hoping that this local, state and federal partnership ...
will continue."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said SeaHawk's network of cooperating agencies
and its collection of high-tech monitoring equipment has allowed Charleston
to collect the best intelligence in the nation about what's coming in and
out of the port. He noted that more than 40 percent of the military
equipment heading to Afghanistan and Iraq moves through the Port of
Charleston.

"Without federal dollars paying for local slots, the program would not
exist as it does today," said Graham. He and U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C.,
both said they would work to get the funding in place.

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CURRENT ISSUES:
07/07 - 0830-1245 - WILMINGTON - China Business Forum


FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
07/14 - 1700 - Charleston - Pilot Commission meeting
07/21 - 1000 - SCSPA - Meeting
07/21 - 1700 - Charleston City meeting
07/22 - 0815 - CHS Maritime Association Board meeting
07/23 - 0745 - CHS - Navigation & Operations monthly meeting
07/28 - 1100 - NORFOLK - VPA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
09/17 - 1200 - SAVANNAH - STATE OF THE PORT
09/22 - 1100 - NORFOLK - VPA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
10/08 - 1200 - SAVANNAH - PROP LUNCHEON
10/08 - 1800 - CHARLESTON - CWIT DINNER/AUCTION
10/10/09 - TBA - CWIT - Luau Auction
11/24 - 1100 - NORFOLK - VPA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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HURRICANE STATUS - Alert level 4/Seasonal - no storms predicted

SEAPORT SECURITY ALERT CURRENTLY AT YELLOW/ELEVEATED - MARSEC 1

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with July 2, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Tu 7 Low 2:46 AM 0.4 6:18 AM Set 6:21 AM 99
7 High 8:30 AM 4.6 8:31 PM Rise 8:56 PM
7 Low 2:35 PM 0.3
7 High 9:08 PM 5.8

W 8 Low 3:25 AM 0.4 6:19 AM Set 7:18 AM 99
8 High 9:12 AM 4.6 8:31 PM Rise 9:31 PM
8 Low 3:14 PM 0.4
8 High 9:45 PM 5.7

Th 9 Low 4:02 AM 0.4 6:19 AM Set 8:15 AM 97
9 High 9:52 AM 4.6 8:31 PM Rise 10:02 PM
9 Low 3:52 PM 0.5
9 High 10:20 PM 5.6

F 10 Low 4:37 AM 0.4 6:20 AM Set 9:11 AM 94
10 High 10:31 AM 4.6 8:30 PM Rise 10:30 PM
10 Low 4:30 PM 0.6
10 High 10:54 PM 5.4

Sa 11 Low 5:12 AM 0.4 6:20 AM Set 10:06 AM 89
11 High 11:08 AM 4.7 8:30 PM Rise 10:57 PM
11 Low 5:09 PM 0.7
11 High 11:27 PM 5.3

Su 12 Low 5:48 AM 0.3 6:21 AM Set 11:02 AM 82
12 High 11:47 AM 4.8 8:30 PM Rise 11:23 PM
12 Low 5:53 PM 0.8

M 13 High 12:02 AM 5.1 6:21 AM Set 11:59 AM 74
13 Low 6:26 AM 0.3 8:29 PM Rise 11:50 PM
13 High 12:30 PM 5.0
13 Low 6:41 PM 0.9

Tu 14 High 12:42 AM 4.9 6:22 AM Set 12:58 PM 65
14 Low 7:08 AM 0.2 8:29 PM
14 High 1:18 PM 5.1
14 Low 7:36 PM 1.0

W 15 High 1:30 AM 4.8 6:23 AM Rise 12:20 AM 55
15 Low 7:56 AM 0.2 8:29 PM Set 2:00 PM
15 High 2:11 PM 5.4
15 Low 8:38 PM 1.0

Th 16 High 2:25 AM 4.7 6:23 AM Rise 12:54 AM 45
16 Low 8:49 AM 0.1 8:28 PM Set 3:05 PM
16 High 3:10 PM 5.6
16 Low 9:44 PM 0.9

F 17 High 3:26 AM 4.6 6:24 AM Rise 1:34 AM 34
17 Low 9:48 AM 0.0 8:28 PM Set 4:13 PM
17 High 4:12 PM 5.9
17 Low 10:51 PM 0.7

Sa 18 High 4:31 AM 4.7 6:24 AM Rise 2:23 AM 24
18 Low 10:50 AM -0.2 8:27 PM Set 5:21 PM
18 High 5:16 PM 6.2
18 Low 11:54 PM 0.5

Su 19 High 5:36 AM 4.8 6:25 AM Rise 3:21 AM 14
19 Low 11:52 AM -0.5 8:27 PM Set 6:26 PM
19 High 6:19 PM 6.4

M 20 Low 12:54 AM 0.2 6:26 AM Rise 4:28 AM 7
20 High 6:40 AM 5.0 8:26 PM Set 7:25 PM
20 Low 12:52 PM -0.7
20 High 7:19 PM 6.7

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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST

Today: WNW wind 5 to 9 kt becoming NNE. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight: NE wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the
evening. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Wednesday: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming ESE 5 to 10 kt in the
morning. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Wednesday Night: ESE wind 5 to 9 kt becoming NNW after midnight. A slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday: N wind 6 to 11 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday Night: ESE wind around 11 kt becoming ENE after midnight. A slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Friday: ENE wind around 10 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny.
Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Friday Night: ESE wind 7 to 10 kt becoming SSE after midnight. Partly
cloudy. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Saturday: E wind 7 to 10 kt becoming SE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny.
Seas around 2 ft.
Notice posted on Tuesday, July 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.