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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Tuesday, November 03, 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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HESS - NS SILVER - IN ETD 0600/4th

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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:

Savannah deepening to get 2nd look
By Allyson Bird
The Post and Courier
Tuesday, November 3, 2009


More than a decade ago, Georgia officials developed a plan for deepening
the Savannah shipping channel and, for all these years, prepared for growth
according to it.

Only in recent weeks did Charleston's former Coast Guard captain of the
port come forward with a fresh assessment showing how those old studies
underestimated the amount of work required.

After publicly denouncing John Cameron's findings, officials with the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah took a look at them recently and
decided he may have a point.

Cameron, who retired in 2007 as the Coast Guard's Charleston sector
commander, studied the waterway on behalf of the local harbor pilots group
as the plans advance for a joint South Carolina-Georgia port terminal in
Jasper County. He contends that a safer extension for navigation purposes
would reach 13 to 20 miles into the sea, not the four to five miles as
Georgia officials once thought.

"On all three dimensions -- length, width and depth -- it's insufficient,"
Cameron said.

After viewing Cameron's presentation, Savannah-based Army Corps project
manager Alan Garrett said he and colleagues plan to run a new series of
detailed surveys.

"It probably would've been caught in successive reviews," Garrett said.
"The fact that he caught that now helps us, and we're taking advantage of
that."

The original studies relied on a state-of-the-art harbor simulator,
according to Army Corps officials. Project manager Jason O'Kane said the
survey showed the depth in a small area and did not take into account a
nearby shallow spot.

The Corps of Engineers expects to have new studies ready within about a week.

The channel now reaches 42 feet to 44 feet in depth, but an expansion of
the Panama Canal anticipates larger ships that require about 50 feet of
depth starting in about five years. The International Maritime Organization
recommends 120 percent of the target ship draft, which would bring the
total to 60 feet.

The most attractive ports for those larger container carriers will provide
more space for safe passage. But gaining even a few feet proves enormously
expensive because it requires moving a considerable amount of material.

Extending the channel in the Savannah River would mean South Carolina and
Georgia would share the cost of a much more extensive dredging project,
though dollar amounts are not yet available.

The Army Corps' analysis does not take into account the proposed Jasper
terminal, only the build-out at existing Georgia port facilities.

But as Cameron pointed out, "They might not be able to get their deepening
unless they get the benefit from the South Carolina side, too."

Cameron first made his presentation in early October before South Carolina
lawmakers. Since then, he has taken it to Lowcountry environmental and
maritime groups.


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CURRENT ISSUES:

11/04 - 1700 - SAVANNAH - PROP CLUB SOCIAL

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
11/24 - 1100 - NORFOLK - VPA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
12/03 - 0800 - CHARLESTON NAV/OPS MEETING
04/07-09 - SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL PROP CLUB IN SAVANNAH

2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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HURRICANE STATUS - Alert level 4/Seasonal - NO STORMS EXPECTED

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with October 27, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Tu 3 Low 1:25 AM 0.0 6:40 AM Set 7:35 AM 99
3 High 7:39 AM 6.6 5:27 PM Rise 5:54 PM
3 Low 2:09 PM 0.3
3 High 8:02 PM 5.5

W 4 Low 2:09 AM -0.1 6:40 AM Set 8:42 AM 98
4 High 8:24 AM 6.7 5:26 PM Rise 6:47 PM
4 Low 2:57 PM 0.4
4 High 8:47 PM 5.4

Th 5 Low 2:56 AM -0.1 6:41 AM Set 9:46 AM 94
5 High 9:12 AM 6.6 5:25 PM Rise 7:48 PM
5 Low 3:46 PM 0.4
5 High 9:36 PM 5.3

F 6 Low 3:47 AM 0.0 6:42 AM Set 10:45 AM 88
6 High 10:05 AM 6.5 5:24 PM Rise 8:55 PM
6 Low 4:38 PM 0.6
6 High 10:31 PM 5.2

Sa 7 Low 4:41 AM 0.1 6:43 AM Set 11:36 AM 79
7 High 11:02 AM 6.3 5:24 PM Rise 10:04 PM
7 Low 5:34 PM 0.7
7 High 11:33 PM 5.2

Su 8 Low 5:41 AM 0.3 6:44 AM Set 12:21 PM 69
8 High 12:03 PM 6.2 5:23 PM Rise 11:13 PM
8 Low 6:33 PM 0.7

M 9 High 12:40 AM 5.2 6:45 AM Set 12:59 PM 58
9 Low 6:45 AM 0.4 5:22 PM
9 High 1:07 PM 6.0
9 Low 7:34 PM 0.6

Tu 10 High 1:48 AM 5.4 6:46 AM Rise 12:21 AM 47
10 Low 7:53 AM 0.5 5:22 PM Set 1:33 PM
10 High 2:10 PM 5.9
10 Low 8:34 PM 0.5

W 11 High 2:53 AM 5.6 6:47 AM Rise 1:26 AM 36
11 Low 9:00 AM 0.5 5:21 PM Set 2:04 PM
11 High 3:10 PM 5.8
11 Low 9:31 PM 0.3

Th 12 High 3:54 AM 5.9 6:48 AM Rise 2:31 AM 25
12 Low 10:03 AM 0.4 5:20 PM Set 2:35 PM
12 High 4:06 PM 5.7
12 Low 10:24 PM 0.1

F 13 High 4:49 AM 6.2 6:48 AM Rise 3:34 AM 16
13 Low 11:01 AM 0.2 5:20 PM Set 3:07 PM
13 High 4:59 PM 5.7
13 Low 11:14 PM 0.0

Sa 14 High 5:41 AM 6.5 6:49 AM Rise 4:38 AM 9
14 Low 11:54 AM 0.1 5:19 PM Set 3:41 PM
14 High 5:49 PM 5.6

Su 15 Low 12:02 AM -0.1 6:50 AM Rise 5:42 AM 4
15 High 6:28 AM 6.6 5:18 PM Set 4:18 PM
15 Low 12:44 PM 0.1
15 High 6:35 PM 5.5

M 16 Low 12:47 AM -0.1 6:51 AM Rise 6:45 AM 0
16 High 7:14 AM 6.6 5:18 PM Set 5:00 PM
16 Low 1:31 PM 0.1
16 High 7:19 PM 5.4

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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST

Today: N wind 9 to 11 kt. Sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Tonight: NNE wind 10 to 13 kt increasing to 13 to 16 kt after midnight.
Mostly clear. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Wednesday: NE wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Seas around 3 ft.

Wednesday Night: NE wind 7 to 10 kt becoming NW after midnight. Partly
cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Thursday: NW wind 10 to 13 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday Night: NNW wind around 14 kt. Clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Friday: N wind 12 to 15 kt becoming NNE 9 to 12 kt in the afternoon. Sunny.
Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Friday Night: NNE wind 8 to 10 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Saturday: NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas
around 2 ft.
Notice posted on Tuesday, November 03, 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.