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Subject:CHARLESTON, SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Tuesday, July 21, 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. All vessels must sumbit
USCG's H1N1 Flu checklist.

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: By Molly Parker
mparker@scbiznews.com

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a motion today asking a
federal judge to halt construction of the S.C. State Ports Authority's
terminal in North Charleston.

SPA interim CEO John Hassell said the motion, "while not unexpected, is
unfortunate."

The law center, along with the S.C. Coastal Conservation League, says the
construction project should wait for additional traffic studies to
determine whether Interstate 26 can handle the truck traffic that a new
terminal would generate, and to study rail options that could help
prevent interstate gridlock.

The motion is part of a lawsuit pending in federal court in which the law
center sued the Army Corps of Engineers claiming the permitting agency
erred in approving the North Charleston terminal because it failed to
appropriately consider the impact of trucks on I-26.

The motion for temporary injunction asks a judge to require the SPA to
stop work on the terminal until these outstanding issues are resolved.
The motion says that the harm is minimal to the SPA because the decline
in world trade has left the Port of Charleston with plenty of excess
capacity. SPA officials have stated repeatedly and with vigor that it is
vital that the new terminal be open by around 2014, the year the Panama
Canal expansion should be completed.

The Port of Charleston's competitive advantage in the Southeast is that
it boasts deeper waters that can handle the larger so-called post-Panamax
ships. But the recession has slowed growth projections dramatically, and
how global trade will shake out in the next decade is a big question mark.

Because of that, Nancy Vinson, water and air program director for the
Coastal Conservation League, said the SPA would be wise to give its new
leadership team time to evaluate its options with regard to the new
terminal. Hapag-Lloyd executive Jim Newsome takes over as CEO of the
agency on Sept. 1.

"This global economic decline has really offered us the opportunity to
get it right on the port," Vinson said. "Clearly we have time to get it
right. This is such a huge investment of public dollars, we shouldn't go
with the plan that was designed hastily by former leadership."

Despite the pending lawsuit, the SPA issued a $55 million contract in
April for construction of a 5,000-foot-long containment wall into
Charleston Harbor. The winning bid for the project - which is expected to
span about 15 months - is from a joint venture between Cape Romain
Contractors of Wando and Massachusetts-based Jay Cashman Inc.

That contract includes language to deal with a court-ordered stop to the
project, though this morning Hassell defended the SPA's position that now
is the time to build.

"The ports authority will continue to aggressively defend its permit and
the project, which is critical to the long-term economic competitiveness
of the region and the state," he said.

In the most recent legislative session, leading lawmakers attempted to
orchestrate a plan that would have provided on-dock or near-dock rail
access to the new terminal. Debate got heated as lawmakers attempted to
transfer to the state the ownership of a rail line on the northern end of
the former Navy base running through property owned by the Noisette Co.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey vowed to fight that plan.

The SPA was silent on the debate, saying state decree ordered the
authority to deal with the terminal and other agencies - the Department
of Transportation and S.C. Public Railways - to determine road and rail
plans.

In a statement issued Monday responding to the motion, the SPA noted that
South Carolina's June unemployment was 12.1%, the nation's fourth-highest.

"At a time when jobs are critical to the Charleston area and the entire
state, the only people trying to stop the creation of good jobs and
economic opportunity are the (Coastal Conservation) League and the SELC,"
Hassell said.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Center for Business Research
estimates that the latest project will support an estimated 720 jobs
while creating a $78.4 million economic impact in the local area, the SPA
said. Test piles were driven last month


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CURRENT ISSUES:
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

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
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 21, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Tu 21 Low 1:50 AM -0.1 6:26 AM Rise 5:41 AM 2
21 High 7:42 AM 5.2 8:26 PM Set 8:16 PM
21 Low 1:50 PM -0.9
21 High 8:16 PM 6.8

W 22 Low 2:43 AM -0.4 6:27 AM Rise 6:57 AM 0
22 High 8:41 AM 5.5 8:25 PM Set 8:59 PM
22 Low 2:47 PM -0.9
22 High 9:11 PM 6.8

Th 23 Low 3:34 AM -0.5 6:28 AM Rise 8:11 AM 0
23 High 9:39 AM 5.7 8:24 PM Set 9:37 PM
23 Low 3:42 PM -0.9
23 High 10:03 PM 6.7

F 24 Low 4:23 AM -0.6 6:28 AM Rise 9:22 AM 4
24 High 10:35 AM 5.8 8:24 PM Set 10:11 PM
24 Low 4:37 PM -0.7
24 High 10:53 PM 6.4

Sa 25 Low 5:12 AM -0.6 6:29 AM Rise 10:29 AM 11
25 High 11:30 AM 5.9 8:23 PM Set 10:42 PM
25 Low 5:32 PM -0.3
25 High 11:43 PM 6.1

Su 26 Low 6:01 AM -0.4 6:30 AM Rise 11:35 AM 19
26 High 12:25 PM 5.9 8:22 PM Set 11:13 PM
26 Low 6:28 PM 0.0

M 27 High 12:32 AM 5.7 6:30 AM Rise 12:38 PM 29
27 Low 6:49 AM -0.2 8:22 PM Set 11:45 PM
27 High 1:20 PM 5.8
27 Low 7:25 PM 0.4

Tu 28 High 1:21 AM 5.3 6:31 AM Rise 1:41 PM 39
28 Low 7:39 AM 0.0 8:21 PM
28 High 2:14 PM 5.7
28 Low 8:23 PM 0.7

W 29 High 2:12 AM 4.9 6:32 AM Set 12:19 AM 50
29 Low 8:30 AM 0.2 8:20 PM Rise 2:42 PM
29 High 3:09 PM 5.6
29 Low 9:22 PM 0.9

Th 30 High 3:05 AM 4.7 6:32 AM Set 12:58 AM 60
30 Low 9:23 AM 0.4 8:20 PM Rise 3:41 PM
30 High 4:03 PM 5.6
30 Low 10:19 PM 1.0

F 31 High 3:59 AM 4.5 6:33 AM Set 1:40 AM 69
31 Low 10:17 AM 0.5 8:19 PM Rise 4:37 PM
31 High 4:57 PM 5.6
31 Low 11:14 PM 1.0

Sa 1 High 4:52 AM 4.5 6:34 AM Set 2:28 AM 78
1 Low 11:10 AM 0.6 8:18 PM Rise 5:29 PM
1 High 5:47 PM 5.6

Su 2 Low 12:05 AM 0.9 6:34 AM Set 3:20 AM 85
2 High 5:44 AM 4.6 8:17 PM Rise 6:16 PM
2 Low 12:00 PM 0.5
2 High 6:35 PM 5.7

M 3 Low 12:52 AM 0.8 6:35 AM Set 4:15 AM 91
3 High 6:34 AM 4.6 8:16 PM Rise 6:57 PM
3 Low 12:47 PM 0.5
3 High 7:20 PM 5.8


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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST
NWS OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER WASHINGTON DC
500 AM EDT TUE JUL 21 2009
W CENTRAL N ATLC CONTINENTAL SHELF AND SLOPE WATERS BEYOND 20
NM...TO 250 NM OFFSHORE...INCLUDING S OF GEORGES BANK FROM 1000
FM TO...250 NM OFFSHORE.
SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE
MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT.
ANZ088-211500-
CAPE FEAR TO 31N OUT TO 32N 73W TO 31N 74W
500 AM EDT TUE JUL 21 2009

TODAY AND TONIGHT
SE TO S WINDS 10 KT...EXCEPT W OF 1000 FM
VARIABLE 5 TO 10 KT EARLY TODAY. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. ISOLATED
SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

WED
S TO SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...EXCEPT FAR E PORTION VARIABLE
10 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

WED NIGHT
SE TO S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

THU
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 5 TO 7 FT.

FRI
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT SHIFTING TO SW 10 TO 20 KT. SEAS 5
TO 7 FT.

SAT
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.



Notice posted on Tuesday, July 21, 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.