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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Tuesday, August 18, 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:

NUCOR Class action status approved in discrimination suit


By Molly Parker
mparker@scbiznews.com
Published Aug. 17, 2009

A federal appeals court has granted class action status in a discrimination
suit that seven black employees originally brought against Nucor Steel’s
Huger plant in 2003.

On Aug. 7, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., reversed
a previous decision of the U.S. District Court in Charleston to deny the
class action status.

The employees that filed the lawsuit claimed that there was a plant-wide
atmosphere of racial hostility at Nucor Steel Berkeley, and that white
managers discriminated against black employees when making promotions.

The lawsuit covers discrimination charges dating back to 1999.

Attorneys from the firm representing the employees, Wiggins, Childs, Quinn
& Pantazis LLC, based in Birmingham, Ala., along with the Dot Scott,
president of the Charleston branch of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, have called a news conference for Tuesday
morning to discuss the case. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the
International Longshoremen’s Association Hall on Morrison Drive.

Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis is best known for representing Lilly
Ledbetter in her 10-year pay discrimination battle against Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co. The first significant piece of legislation that President Barack
Obama signed into law was named after her. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
of 2009 extends the amount of time an employee has to bring suit against an
employer on the basis of discriminatory pay under the Civil Rights Act.

“We obviously think the appeals court got it right” in the Nucor case, said
Bob Wiggins, a partner with the Alabama firm and the lead attorney on the
case. “When you have problems at a plant like this, it obviously impacts
everyone.”

All seven employees also have filed individual discrimination suits against
Nucor; those cases are still pending, Wiggins said. The importance of class
action status, Wiggins said, is that it “refocuses the case” from just
seeking monetary damages to overhauling the working conditions at the plant.

Nucor Steel Berkeley currently employs 900 workers, making it among the
area’s largest employers. Parent company Nucor Steel is headquartered in
Charlotte and is the nation’s largest steel producer.

Giff Daughtridge, plant manager at Nucor Steel Berkeley, said Nucor is
seeking a rehearing on the decision.

“A plaintiff’s lawyer can make any claim they want, whether it’s incorrect,
misleading or exaggerated,” Daughtridge told the Business Journal on
Monday. “They refer to allegations, and they are just that. We very clearly
know that these allegations did not happen.”

Daughtridge has been with the plant since October 2007. He said Nucor
investigated the claims when they were originally brought to management’s
attention, starting in 1999, and found “no pattern of that behavior, and
never at any time was that behavior condoned or allowed to go on.”

Three of the seven employees who brought suit against Nucor still work at
the plant, he said.

In the suit, Brown v. Nucor Corp., the plaintiffs claim, among other
allegations, that white co-workers frequently referred to their black
colleagues using racial epithets and that racial slurs were broadcast over
the plantwide radio system, along with the songs Dixie and High Cotton.

“Monkey noises were also broadcast over the radio system in response to the
communications of black employees,” the lawsuit states.

The Confederate flag was pervasive throughout the plant and was displayed
on items containing Nucor’s logo that were sold in the plant’s gift shop,
the suit claims. The suit additionally alleges that various employees
circulated several e-mails depicting black people in racially offensive
ways, including showing them with nooses around their necks.

“Once, an employee held up a noose and told a black co-worker that it was
for him,” the lawsuit states.

The seven black employees at the Huger plant, along with employee
plaintiffs at a Nucor plant in Arkansas, filed the original lawsuit against
Nucor in December 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District
of Arkansas. The cases were split, and the Huger employees’ case was
relegated to the U.S. District Court in Charleston.

The suit was brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and
under the Civil Rights Act of 1866 on behalf of the seven employees and
about 100 other past and present black employees at the S.C. plant. At the
time of the filing, the plant had 611 employees, of whom 71 were black, the
lawsuit says.

On May 7, 2007, the employees filed a motion for class certification
alleging the following:

■A pattern or practice of disparate treatment against black employees with
respect to promotion opportunities at the plant.
■Nucor’s promotion procedures, which allowed white managers to use
subjective criteria to promote employees, had a disparate impact on black
employees for promotions.
■Nucor required black employees to work in a plantwide hostile environment.
In August 2007, the district court denied class action certification.

Derfner Altman & Wilborn of Charleston is assisting the Birmingham firm on
the case. That firm is best known for its representation of the ILA
dockworkers who later became widely known as the “Charleston Five.”

The men were charged with felony riot and assault after a dockworkers
protest turned violent in 2000. The protest was over Danish shipping line
Nordana’s use of nonunion workers along Charleston’s waterfront. A plea
bargain between the state and the workers allowed the Charleston Five to
plead guilty to a misdemeanor in exchange for the state’s dropping of
felony charges. The workers had the choice of serving 30 days in jail or
paying $100 in fines.

Nucor is represented nationally by Alaniz & Schraeder LLC, and locally by
Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A.

Reach Molly Parker at 843-849-3144.


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CURRENT ISSUES:

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
09/16 - 0815 - CHS MARITIME ASSOCIATION - BOG MEETING
09/17 - 1200 - SAVANNAH - STATE OF THE PORT
09/22 - 1100 - NORFOLK - VPA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
09/24 - 0815 - CHS - NAV OPS 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 -
SEAPORT SECURITY ALERT CURRENTLY AT YELLOW/ELEVEATED - MARSEC 1

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 AM EDT TUE AUG 18 2009

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS ISSUING ADVISORIES ON HURRICANE
BILL...LOCATED ABOUT 810 MILES EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES.

DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDING FROM NEAR HAITI
ACROSS EASTERN CUBA TO THE SOUTHEASTERN AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS ARE
ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ANA AND AN
UPPER-LEVEL LOW PRESSURE AREA. THIS ACTIVITY IS MOVING TOWARD THE
WEST AT 20 TO 25 MPH AND WILL BE SPREADING ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF
CUBA...THE BAHAMAS...AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO.
THIS SYSTEM SHOWS NO SIGNS OF REGENERATION AT THIS TIME AND THERE
IS A LOW CHANCE...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT...OF THIS SYSTEM BECOMING A
TROPICAL CYCLONE AGAIN DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER BROWN/CANGIALOSI



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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with August 17, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Tu 18 Low 12:34 AM 0.3 6:45 AM Rise 4:30 AM 9
18 High 6:27 AM 5.4 8:01 PM Set 6:49 PM
18 Low 12:39 PM -0.5
18 High 7:03 PM 6.7

W 19 Low 1:28 AM 0.0 6:46 AM Rise 5:44 AM 3
19 High 7:27 AM 5.7 8:00 PM Set 7:29 PM
19 Low 1:37 PM -0.7
19 High 7:58 PM 6.8

Th 20 Low 2:20 AM -0.3 6:47 AM Rise 6:56 AM 0
20 High 8:24 AM 6.0 7:59 PM Set 8:05 PM
20 Low 2:32 PM -0.7
20 High 8:49 PM 6.8

F 21 Low 3:08 AM -0.5 6:47 AM Rise 8:06 AM 0
21 High 9:19 AM 6.2 7:58 PM Set 8:38 PM
21 Low 3:26 PM -0.6
21 High 9:38 PM 6.6

Sa 22 Low 3:55 AM -0.5 6:48 AM Rise 9:14 AM 3
22 High 10:11 AM 6.3 7:57 PM Set 9:10 PM
22 Low 4:18 PM -0.4
22 High 10:26 PM 6.3

Su 23 Low 4:42 AM -0.4 6:49 AM Rise 10:20 AM 8
23 High 11:03 AM 6.3 7:56 PM Set 9:43 PM
23 Low 5:10 PM -0.1
23 High 11:12 PM 5.9

M 24 Low 5:27 AM -0.1 6:49 AM Rise 11:26 AM 15
24 High 11:54 AM 6.2 7:54 PM Set 10:17 PM
24 Low 6:03 PM 0.3
24 High 11:59 PM 5.5

Tu 25 Low 6:14 AM 0.1 6:50 AM Rise 12:29 PM 24
25 High 12:45 PM 6.0 7:53 PM Set 10:55 PM
25 Low 6:56 PM 0.7

W 26 High 12:47 AM 5.2 6:51 AM Rise 1:31 PM 34
26 Low 7:02 AM 0.5 7:52 PM Set 11:37 PM
26 High 1:38 PM 5.8
26 Low 7:51 PM 1.0

Th 27 High 1:38 AM 4.9 6:51 AM Rise 2:30 PM 44
27 Low 7:52 AM 0.7 7:51 PM
27 High 2:33 PM 5.6
27 Low 8:48 PM 1.2

F 28 High 2:31 AM 4.7 6:52 AM Set 12:23 AM 54
28 Low 8:47 AM 0.9 7:49 PM Rise 3:24 PM
28 High 3:29 PM 5.5
28 Low 9:46 PM 1.4

Sa 29 High 3:26 AM 4.6 6:53 AM Set 1:14 AM 63
29 Low 9:43 AM 1.0 7:48 PM Rise 4:12 PM
29 High 4:24 PM 5.5
29 Low 10:41 PM 1.3

Su 30 High 4:22 AM 4.7 6:53 AM Set 2:08 AM 72
30 Low 10:39 AM 1.0 7:47 PM Rise 4:55 PM
30 High 5:16 PM 5.6
30 Low 11:32 PM 1.2

M 31 High 5:16 AM 4.8 6:54 AM Set 3:04 AM 80
31 Low 11:32 AM 0.9 7:46 PM Rise 5:33 PM
31 High 6:05 PM 5.7


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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST

Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SE 5 to 10 kt in the
morning. Sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Tonight: SSE wind 8 to 11 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Wednesday: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SE 5 to 9 kt in the
morning. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm. Seas
around 2 ft.

Wednesday Night: SSE wind around 9 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Thursday: S wind 7 to 11 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Seas around 3 ft.

Thursday Night: S wind 9 to 12 kt. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Seas around 3 ft.

Friday: SSW wind 8 to 11 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 3 ft.

Friday Night: SSW wind 10 to 12 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 3 ft.

Saturday: SW wind 7 to 11 kt. Partly sunny. Seas around 3 ft.
Notice posted on Tuesday, August 18, 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.