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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Friday, February 12, 2010
Priority:Normal
Notice:
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 - MAHANADI SPIRIT - IN ETD 1130/12TH
HESS - BRITISH HARMONY - IN ETD 1700/12TH
KMI4 - ICE BLIZZARD - ETA 0400/13TH
BP - TUG RESOLVE & 650-3 - ETA 1330/13TH
KMI4 - CHEMBULK SHANGHAI - ETA 0100/15TH

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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:

SCSPA IMPLEMENTS NEW CRUISE TRAFFIC MEASURES

The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA), the City of Charleston
Police Department (CPD) and City staff have spent the past three months
working closely to develop a new plan to more efficiently handle cruise
traffic. As a result of the discussions, several major changes have been
made to how guests arrive for their cruises, including:
Re-routing traffic
Better signage
Moving traffic off city streets
Improving communications
The plan will be implemented on February 15 when the first cruise ship of
2010 departs from the Port of Charleston on an 11-night voyage for the
eastern Caribbean.


Most cruise ships departing from Charleston bring about 350 to 400 cars
that park in SCSPA storage buildings and lots. Limousines, taxis and buses
deliver the remaining guests. Importantly, cruise traffic does not add to
rush hour congestion as ships leaving from Charleston typically board from
the middle of the day until the early afternoon.



The new route to the Passenger Terminal aims to get traffic on the east
side of the peninsula as soon as possible. Cars from Interstate 26 are
directed to Exit 219B, Morrison Drive. Vehicles are routed south down
Morrison Drive and East Bay Street, which handles about 20,000 cars a day.



From East Bay, vehicles are directed east on Chapel Street to Washington
Street, east on Charlotte Street, and south down Concord Street. Concord
Street ends at the new gate where cars will now enter the terminal, "Gate
2" at the corner of Concord & Laurens streets.



Another key element of the plan is new signage posted along the route.
More than a dozen permanent and temporary signs will help guide guests
along the route and inform locals on cruise embarkation days. The SCSPA
contracts for off-duty CPD officers to assist with traffic control.



All cars, including drop-offs, will now enter Union Pier Terminal directly
from Concord Street at the new access point at "Gate 2." Limos, taxis and
buses will continue to enter the Union Pier terminal main gate at 32
Washington Street.



Walk-ups are not permitted, so passengers should not be dropped-off in or
around Market Street or the Passenger Terminal. Drop-offs should proceed
through the Gate 2 entrance at Concord and Laurens streets.



The SCSPA has striped lanes inside its gates to effectively move traffic
off City streets and place it within Union Pier Terminal. Approximately
250 cars can now be lined up on the terminal - not on City streets - as
guests arrive for their cruise. The combination of the new entry point and
the striping should effectively take cars and lines off local streets.



A final yet important action was to establish better communications both
with cruise guests and the public. This includes sharing the details of
the new plan with neighbors and cruises visitors.



In addition, residents, merchants and businesses can now receive regular
updates and reminders on ship activity with a new "Cruise Notice" e-mail
service. Nearly 1,700 people are already signed up.



When cruise ships are taking on passengers to embark from Charleston, there
are two street closings, typically from 11 a.m. until around 3:30 p.m.,
including:

Concord Street just north of North Market
Washington Street just south of Hasell Street
Although streets are closed briefly during embarkations, there no closings
during the debarkation process when guests get off ships after completing a
cruise that started in Charleston. Port-of-calls also do not require
street closings.



After traffic tie ups around the Passenger Terminal during a ship that
departed in November, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and SCSPA President Jim
Newsome agreed to work on a collaborative, fresh approach to more
effectively managing cruise traffic.



"We are thankful for the assistance of City staff, Chief Greg Mullen, as
well as SCDOT in helping us to better handle cruise traffic," said Newsome.
"Effectively dealing with traffic has been raised in community meetings,
and these changes will be put in place immediately."


Details on the cruise traffic plan, directions and the "Cruise Notice" are
available online at: http://www.scspa.com/cruises




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CURRENT ISSUES:

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
02/19/2010 - 0815 NAV/OPS MEETING
02/19/2010 - MARITIME ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GALA
02/25/2010 - PROPELLOR CLUB OYSTER ROAST
FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES
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 5/OUT OF SEASON

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with February 10, 2010.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

F 12 Low 12:28 AM 0.0 7:06 AM Rise 6:08 AM 4
12 High 6:53 AM 5.4 6:02 PM Set 4:58 PM
12 Low 1:01 PM 0.1
12 High 6:57 PM 4.8

Sa 13 Low 1:09 AM 0.0 7:05 AM Rise 6:39 AM 1
13 High 7:32 AM 5.4 6:03 PM Set 5:53 PM
13 Low 1:38 PM 0.0
13 High 7:37 PM 4.9

Su 14 Low 1:47 AM -0.1 7:04 AM Rise 7:07 AM 0
14 High 8:07 AM 5.4 6:04 PM Set 6:48 PM
14 Low 2:13 PM -0.1
14 High 8:13 PM 5.0

M 15 Low 2:23 AM 0.0 7:03 AM Rise 7:34 AM 0
15 High 8:41 AM 5.3 6:05 PM Set 7:43 PM
15 Low 2:45 PM -0.1
15 High 8:47 PM 5.1

Tu 16 Low 2:59 AM 0.1 7:02 AM Rise 8:00 AM 2
16 High 9:12 AM 5.1 6:06 PM Set 8:38 PM
16 Low 3:17 PM -0.1
16 High 9:19 PM 5.1

W 17 Low 3:34 AM 0.2 7:01 AM Rise 8:27 AM 6
17 High 9:42 AM 4.9 6:07 PM Set 9:34 PM
17 Low 3:50 PM 0.0
17 High 9:51 PM 5.1

Th 18 Low 4:12 AM 0.3 7:00 AM Rise 8:56 AM 12
18 High 10:12 AM 4.7 6:08 PM Set 10:32 PM
18 Low 4:25 PM 0.0
18 High 10:27 PM 5.2

F 19 Low 4:54 AM 0.4 6:59 AM Rise 9:29 AM 19
19 High 10:48 AM 4.6 6:08 PM Set 11:32 PM
19 Low 5:06 PM 0.1
19 High 11:09 PM 5.2

Sa 20 Low 5:42 AM 0.6 6:58 AM Rise 10:06 AM 28
20 High 11:31 AM 4.4 6:09 PM
20 Low 5:52 PM 0.1

Su 21 High 12:00 AM 5.2 6:57 AM Set 12:35 AM 38
21 Low 6:39 AM 0.7 6:10 PM Rise 10:50 AM
21 High 12:25 PM 4.3
21 Low 6:48 PM 0.1

M 22 High 1:02 AM 5.2 6:55 AM Set 1:37 AM 48
22 Low 7:44 AM 0.7 6:11 PM Rise 11:41 AM
22 High 1:31 PM 4.2
22 Low 7:53 PM 0.1

Tu 23 High 2:12 AM 5.3 6:54 AM Set 2:39 AM 59
23 Low 8:55 AM 0.6 6:12 PM Rise 12:41 PM
23 High 2:43 PM 4.3
23 Low 9:02 PM -0.1

W 24 High 3:25 AM 5.5 6:53 AM Set 3:35 AM 70
24 Low 10:02 AM 0.4 6:13 PM Rise 1:48 PM
24 High 3:55 PM 4.6
24 Low 10:11 PM -0.4

Th 25 High 4:33 AM 5.8 6:52 AM Set 4:27 AM 80
25 Low 11:03 AM 0.0 6:14 PM Rise 3:00 PM
25 High 5:01 PM 5.0
25 Low 11:14 PM -0.7

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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST

Today: NE wind 12 to 16 kt. Rain, mainly after 1pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight: NNE wind 19 to 23 kt becoming NNW after midnight. Winds could gust
as high as 30 kt. Cloudy. Seas 4 to 5 ft.

Saturday: WNW wind 18 to 21 kt decreasing to 13 to 16 kt in the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Seas 4 ft subsiding to 2 ft.

Saturday Night: WNW wind 12 to 14 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Sunday: W wind 9 to 12 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Sunday Night: WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Presidents' Day: WSW wind 15 to 20 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Monday Night: W wind 17 to 20 kt decreasing to 13 to 16 kt after midnight.
Partly cloudy. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tuesday: W wind around 14 kt. Sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Notice posted on Friday, February 12, 2010

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.