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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, April 01, 2010
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 - 30'00"
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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KMI1 - COSCO WUYISHAN - ETA 1700/1ST
BP - TUG RESOLVE & 650-3 - ETA 0700/2ND

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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:

To support their case for local regulations for Charleston's growing cruise
industry, the Coastal Conservation League flew in a panel of experts from
around the country and beyond for a public forum Wednesday night.

Some 300 people filled a ballroom in the Francis Marion Hotel to hear what
the experts had to say. Notably absent was State Ports Authority Chief
Executive Jim Newsome, who said last week that the league and other members
of a city task force had agreed to discuss cruise issues in that venue.

Charleston expects a record 67 cruise calls this year, and to move forward
on a master plan for revamping its passenger terminal and surrounding
waterfront acreage. Some health and environmental advocates argue that that
makes perfect timing for new standards.

If the Board of Architectural Review will scrutinize the shade of paint for
a building, Charleston should treat the influx of so-called "floating
cities" the same, said league Executive Director Dana Beach.

"Federal regulations are not enough," he said.

Friends of the Earth legislative associate Neesha Kulkarni, who works in
Washington, D.C., said cruise lines must comply with the Clean Water Act,
which hasn't been updated since 1976.

Ships must travel at least 3 nautical miles offshore before dumping treated
trash, and can dump untreated refuse at least 12 nautical miles offshore.

Kulkarni pointed out that some states -- Alaska, California, Maine and

Hawaii -- have their own, stiffer laws, and that Washington state and
Florida use memoranda of understanding with the cruise lines.

SPA officials contend that the ships scheduled to call Charleston this
year, from the Celebrity and Carnival lines, exceed federal regulations. As
members of the Cruise Lines International Association, they pledge not to
discharge anything within 12 nautical miles of the shoreline.

In a position paper provided to The Post and Courier, SPA officials wrote,
"We could not support the establishment of local ordinances to regulate
cruise."

Joe Payne, the professional steward of Casco Bay in Maine, pushed for and
achieved a law in 2004 to curb cruise-ship discharges for the Portland
area. He stressed that a memorandum of understanding carries no legal
consequences.

"There is a virtual sign to Portland Harbor, and that says to cruise ships,
'We've put out the welcome mat, so wipe your feet,' " Payne said.

Ross Klein, a professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland who runs
cruise industry watchdog Web sites, showed a list of violations by a host
of ships, and also the relatively low return they deliver to the community.

While a recent study by College of Charleston professors estimates a $37
million local economic impact this year, Klein said other studies show that
the average cruise ship passenger might contribute little more than $40 to
a port city.

That's because cruise companies take cuts from local vendors and purchase
from out-of-state suppliers, according to Klein.

"Cruise lines need ports more than ports need cruise lines," he said,
adding that cities should use that power.

Local physician Rick Reed said fine-particle pollution from diesel exhaust
contains 40 hazardous air pollutants known to cause cancer and lung damage,
and that more than 4,000 medical papers have linked breathing in that
pollution to early death.

He also touched on what he called "the Bubba effect," describing a lazy,
gluttonous tourist consuming shipped goods en masse and leaving little to
stimulate local economies.

"All the things that are wrong with our society today are wrapped up in the
cruise industry," Reed said.

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CURRENT ISSUES:

04/01/10 - 1600 - 1700 MARINE SAFETY ZONE MEETING

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES
04/07/10 - SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL PROP CLUB IN SAVANNAH
04/15/10 - 1130 - 1400 VESSEL TRAFFIC CLOSED DUE TO AIR SHOW
04/15/10 - 1500 - 1600 VESSEL TRAFFIC CLOSED DUE TO AIR SHOW
04/16/10 - 1430 - 1600 VESSEL TRAFFIC CLOSED DUE TO AIR SHOW
04/17/10 - 1330 - 1600 VESSEL TRAFFIC CLOSED DUE TO AIR SHOW
04/18/10 - 1330 - 1600 VESSEL TRAFFIC CLOSED DUE TO AIR SHOW

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 March 31, 2010.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Th 1 Low 4:25 AM -0.7 7:08 AM Set 8:24 AM 95
1 High 10:21 AM 5.5 7:40 PM Rise 10:55 PM
1 Low 4:29 PM -0.5
1 High 10:55 PM 6.3

F 2 Low 5:14 AM -0.3 7:06 AM Set 9:09 AM 89
2 High 11:07 AM 5.2 7:40 PM Rise 11:57 PM
2 Low 5:15 PM -0.1
2 High 11:43 PM 6.0

Sa 3 Low 6:03 AM 0.1 7:05 AM Set 9:59 AM 82
3 High 11:54 AM 4.9 7:41 PM
3 Low 6:02 PM 0.2

Su 4 High 12:33 AM 5.6 7:04 AM Rise 12:55 AM 73
4 Low 6:54 AM 0.4 7:42 PM Set 10:53 AM
4 High 12:44 PM 4.6
4 Low 6:52 PM 0.6

M 5 High 1:25 AM 5.3 7:02 AM Rise 1:46 AM 64
5 Low 7:47 AM 0.7 7:43 PM Set 11:50 AM
5 High 1:38 PM 4.4
5 Low 7:47 PM 0.9

Tu 6 High 2:22 AM 5.0 7:01 AM Rise 2:29 AM 55
6 Low 8:42 AM 0.9 7:43 PM Set 12:47 PM
6 High 2:35 PM 4.4
6 Low 8:48 PM 1.1

W 7 High 3:19 AM 4.9 7:00 AM Rise 3:08 AM 45
7 Low 9:38 AM 1.0 7:44 PM Set 1:44 PM
7 High 3:34 PM 4.4
7 Low 9:50 PM 1.1

Th 8 High 4:15 AM 4.9 6:59 AM Rise 3:41 AM 36
8 Low 10:30 AM 0.9 7:45 PM Set 2:39 PM
8 High 4:31 PM 4.6
8 Low 10:49 PM 1.0

F 9 High 5:08 AM 4.9 6:57 AM Rise 4:11 AM 27
9 Low 11:19 AM 0.7 7:45 PM Set 3:34 PM
9 High 5:24 PM 4.8
9 Low 11:43 PM 0.8

Sa 10 High 5:56 AM 5.0 6:56 AM Rise 4:39 AM 19
10 Low 12:03 PM 0.5 7:46 PM Set 4:29 PM
10 High 6:12 PM 5.1

Su 11 Low 12:31 AM 0.6 6:55 AM Rise 5:06 AM 12
11 High 6:41 AM 5.0 7:47 PM Set 5:24 PM
11 Low 12:44 PM 0.3
11 High 6:57 PM 5.4

M 12 Low 1:15 AM 0.5 6:54 AM Rise 5:33 AM 6
12 High 7:23 AM 5.1 7:47 PM Set 6:20 PM
12 Low 1:22 PM 0.1
12 High 7:37 PM 5.7

Tu 13 Low 1:57 AM 0.3 6:52 AM Rise 6:02 AM 2
13 High 8:02 AM 5.1 7:48 PM Set 7:18 PM
13 Low 2:00 PM 0.0
13 High 8:15 PM 5.9

W 14 Low 2:37 AM 0.2 6:51 AM Rise 6:33 AM 0
14 High 8:40 AM 5.0 7:49 PM Set 8:18 PM
14 Low 2:37 PM -0.1
14 High 8:51 PM 6.0


========OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST==========


Synopsis...HIGH PRES WILL BUILD FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TODAY...THEN MOVE
ACROSS THE WATERS TONIGHT THROUGH SAT. A WEAK COLD FRONT COULD APPROACH THE
AREA SUN MON...AND WILL STALL OVER OR NEARBY THE WATERS INTO MON.
Today...W winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming S this afternoon. Seas 2 ft.

Tonight...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Fri...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Fri Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Sat...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Sat Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SW after midnight. Seas 2 ft.

Sun...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Mon...SW winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.


Notice posted on Thursday, April 01, 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.