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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY UPDATE
Date:Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Priority:Normal
Notice:

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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:

Season uneventful, but experts say stay tuned
By Bo Petersen
The Post and Courier
Tuesday, December 1, 2009



The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially closed Monday.

It was a quiet year along the Southeastern coast for the fourth season in
a row, but don't get too complacent: Next year could be whole different
story.

No hurricane or tropical storm made landfall in the Southeast this year,
partly because the notorious El Nino reared its head in the eastern
Pacific Ocean as expected. That warm current phenomenon created shear
winds that blew apart Atlantic storms. But only one of 17 El Nino events
since 1950 lasted through more than one season, said meteorologist Jeff
Masters of Weather Underground.


NOAA map of the Atlantic 2009 hurricane season.
Meanwhile, sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic -- the power source
for hurricanes -- remain high. For that reason, the early guess of
Masters and other storm researchers is that the Atlantic Basin gets busy
next summer.

With temperatures high, it can be an active season "regardless of what El
Nino does," said Cary Mock, a University of South Carolina associate
geography professor who has studied hurricane histories.

The computer models suggest El Nino will hang on through at least early
summer, said Mark Malsick, S.C. Climate Office severe weather liaison.
But model forecasting from this far out must be taken "with a very large
grain of salt," he said. Even with El Nino, Malsick expects an "average"
year next year.

In this "quiet" El Nino year, there were three hurricanes among nine
named storms in the Atlantic; two of the hurricanes became "major" for a
period of time, and two tropical storms made landfall in the United
States. Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall on Santa Rosa Island,
Fla., in August, and Tropical Storm Ida made landfall at Dauphin Island,
Ala., in early November.

The two hurricanes that became "major," with winds of more than 110 mph,
were Bill and Fred; both were well out to sea at the time.

While the Atlantic stayed quiet, the eastern Pacific raged. In those warm
El Nino seas, 17 named storms formed, including seven hurricanes, four of
them major. One was the second-strongest storm on record there, the 180
mph Super Typhoon Rick.

There's nearly a 1-in-3 chance that a major hurricane in the Atlantic
will make landfall in the United States. It's now been four years since
one did. The last time that happened was 2000-03. In between, the two-
year span 2004-05 saw seven major hurricanes make landfall, Masters said.

"We remain in that active hurricane cycle we've been preaching about,"
said Dennis Feltgen with the National Hurricane Center. Researchers think
2009 was the 24th year in a cycle that tends to last 20-25 years.

It's been 20 years since Hurricane Hugo devastated the Lowcountry, the
last major hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina. It's been more
than 100 years since a major hurricane made landfall in Georgia, Mock
said. "In my opinion, South Carolina is really overdue to be hit," he
said.

"Yet again, we dodged a load of buckshot along the coast," Malsick said.



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CURRENT ISSUES:

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
12/03 - 0800 - CHARLESTON NAV/OPS MEETING
12/10 - PM Port Christmas Party
04/07-09 - SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL PROP CLUB IN SAVANNAH

2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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CURRENT SECURITY LEVEL - MARSEC 1
HURRICANE STATUS - Alert level 4/Seasonal - no storms predicted

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with November 25, 2009.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Tu 1 Low 12:12 AM -0.2 7:04 AM Set 6:22 AM 97
1 High 6:32 AM 6.5 5:13 PM Rise 4:34 PM
1 Low 1:03 PM 0.1
1 High 6:55 PM 5.2

W 2 Low 1:01 AM -0.5 7:05 AM Set 7:30 AM 99
2 High 7:21 AM 6.6 5:13 PM Rise 5:33 PM
2 Low 1:52 PM 0.0
2 High 7:44 PM 5.2

Th 3 Low 1:51 AM -0.6 7:06 AM Set 8:33 AM 99
3 High 8:12 AM 6.7 5:13 PM Rise 6:39 PM
3 Low 2:42 PM -0.1
3 High 8:35 PM 5.3

F 4 Low 2:42 AM -0.6 7:07 AM Set 9:29 AM 96
4 High 9:03 AM 6.7 5:13 PM Rise 7:50 PM
4 Low 3:32 PM -0.1
4 High 9:28 PM 5.3

Sa 5 Low 3:35 AM -0.5 7:08 AM Set 10:17 AM 91
5 High 9:57 AM 6.5 5:13 PM Rise 9:02 PM
5 Low 4:24 PM 0.0
5 High 10:25 PM 5.3

Su 6 Low 4:31 AM -0.4 7:08 AM Set 10:59 AM 83
6 High 10:52 AM 6.3 5:13 PM Rise 10:12 PM
6 Low 5:17 PM 0.0
6 High 11:25 PM 5.3

M 7 Low 5:29 AM -0.1 7:09 AM Set 11:35 AM 73
7 High 11:48 AM 6.0 5:13 PM Rise 11:20 PM
7 Low 6:12 PM 0.1

Tu 8 High 12:28 AM 5.3 7:10 AM Set 12:08 PM 62
8 Low 6:32 AM 0.1 5:14 PM
8 High 12:46 PM 5.7
8 Low 7:09 PM 0.1

W 9 High 1:32 AM 5.4 7:11 AM Rise 12:25 AM 51
9 Low 7:37 AM 0.3 5:14 PM Set 12:39 PM
9 High 1:45 PM 5.4
9 Low 8:06 PM 0.1

Th 10 High 2:35 AM 5.6 7:11 AM Rise 1:28 AM 40
10 Low 8:43 AM 0.4 5:14 PM Set 1:10 PM
10 High 2:44 PM 5.2
10 Low 9:03 PM 0.0

F 11 High 3:35 AM 5.8 7:12 AM Rise 2:31 AM 29
11 Low 9:45 AM 0.4 5:14 PM Set 1:42 PM
11 High 3:40 PM 5.0
11 Low 9:57 PM 0.0

Sa 12 High 4:30 AM 5.9 7:13 AM Rise 3:34 AM 20
12 Low 10:43 AM 0.3 5:14 PM Set 2:18 PM
12 High 4:35 PM 5.0
12 Low 10:49 PM -0.1

Su 13 High 5:22 AM 6.0 7:14 AM Rise 4:36 AM 12
13 Low 11:37 AM 0.2 5:15 PM Set 2:57 PM
13 High 5:26 PM 4.9
13 Low 11:38 PM -0.1

M 14 High 6:10 AM 6.1 7:14 AM Rise 5:37 AM 6
14 Low 12:26 PM 0.1 5:15 PM Set 3:42 PM
14 High 6:13 PM 4.9

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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST


Today: NE wind 12 to 17 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight: ENE wind 13 to 16 kt becoming ESE 17 to 20 kt after midnight. A
chance of showers after 3am. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Wednesday: SE wind 19 to 22 kt becoming SSE 22 to 25 kt in the afternoon.
Cloudy. Seas 5 to 6 ft.

Wednesday Night: S wind 25 to 28 kt becoming WSW 21 to 24 kt after
midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 kt. Cloudy. Seas 7 ft building
to 9 ft.

Thursday: W wind 16 to 19 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 6 ft subsiding to 4 ft.

Thursday Night: W wind 12 to 17 kt becoming NW 6 to 9 kt in the evening.
Partly cloudy. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Friday: N wind 6 to 8 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Friday Night: NNE wind 8 to 12 kt becoming N after midnight. Mostly
cloudy. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Saturday: N wind around 14 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.



Notice posted on Tuesday, December 01, 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.