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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Monday, January 31, 2011
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 - 30'00"
Kinder Morgan - berth 4 - Max draft 40'00, tide needed for anything
deeper than 38'00
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 38'00 or less may transit at anytime Drafts of 38'01 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

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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. 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:

Sedatives used to free whale from fishing line
By RAY HENRY
Associated Press
Friday, January 28, 2011

ATLANTA — Researchers have a new tactic to save endangered whales tangled
in fishing line: Get them to calm down with sedatives shot from a dart gun
so they can pull closer and cut the potentially fatal gear away.

The method was used Jan. 15 off the Florida coast to free a young North
Atlantic right whale from about 50 feet of line wrapped through its mouth
and around its flippers. A satellite monitor attached to the whale during
the rescue attempt this month shows it survived"

"It’s a big step for us," said Michael Moore, a senior research specialist
at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts who was on the
rescue team. The same team has tried the technique during one other rescue
of a free-swimming whale.

Wildlife authorities for years have tried different ways to save whales
tangled in gear that cuts their flesh, restricts feeding and causes
infection and starvation.

It’s a major threat to the 300 to 400 critically endangered North Atlantic
right whales that remain. They generally migrate seasonally from the Lower
Bay of Fundy in Canada during the summer to calving grounds off the Florida
coast in the fall and winter.

At least two North Atlantic right whales are known to have died from
entanglement between 2005 to 2009, although 28 were observed tangled in
that same period. Experts say those numbers only include dead or tangled
whales that have been spotted, meaning other whales may die unseen.

"It’s a very slow, painful death," said Michael Walsh, associate director
of the Aquatic Animal Health Program at the University of Florida. The
former SeaWorld veterinarian helped develop the sedative mixture.

Once tangled whales are found, rescue teams generally tie boats and buoys
to lines trailing from the animal to slow it down and restrict its
movement. Crews then use pole-mounted knives to cut off entangling gear.

The techniques are imperfect. Staying behind a whale is safe for humans,
but it’s difficult to reach gear wrapped around the front of the animal.
Success rates, which vary by species and tangle, are low for right whales,
especially those with lines caught around their flippers and jaws. When
boats get close, right whales tend to flee or dive underwater.

"They’re likely in a lot of discomfort," said Jamison Smith, who oversees
the freeing of large, tangled whales in the Atlantic for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "They don’t want to be ... harassed
by a small boat."

The idea of sedating whales goes back to 1999 when NOAA asked other
scientists for help freeing a badly tangled right whale swimming off New
England and in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. NOAA officials asked researchers
whether it was possible to give the animal antibiotics.

In response, they devised a syringe mounted on a pole roughly 30 feet long.
Dropped from the front of a boat, the needle was meant to strike the whale
and inject antibiotics or sedatives.

Jamison said rescuers tried using the system in 2001 to sedate a badly
tangled whale southeast of Nantucket, Mass. It didn’t work. Any movement
from the animal or the boat would bend the needle, restricting the flow of
sedatives. And without much research to draw on, scientists didn’t use the
best mix of drugs, Jamison said.

Brainstorming sessions followed. Paxarms, a New Zealand-based company with
experience taking tissue samples from whales and remotely drugging sheep,
built the team an airgun capable of hurling a 2-foot dart at a whale. The
system comes with a distance finder, so the force of the shot can be
adjusted depending on range. Once a dart strikes, the pressurized drugs are
injected within seconds. Each dart is attached to a buoy that creates drag.
As the whale swims, the buoy gradually pries the needle free.

There is a risk that too much medication could cause a whale to become
disoriented and possibly drown. But scientists say that right whales are
more buoyant than some other species and they started experimenting with
low doses of drugs that can be reversed.

After testing on carcasses and beached whales, researchers first used the
dart gun on a whale initially spotted off the Georgia coast in January
2009. The first two attempts failed. On a third try, boat crews said the
whale was less hostile, allowing boats to get close and cut line.

A second test began on Christmas Day when a 2-year-old right whale was
spotted tangled off Florida. Trained responders from Georgia and Florida’s
wildlife agencies cut away 150 feet of rope from the whale using
traditional techniques. But they still could not free the whale from a
severe tangle wrapping around its mouth and its flippers. Scientists
decided to try sedation.

Leaving by boat from Port Canaveral, Fla., they reached the whale in about
an hour, attached a satellite tag to its skin and shot the whale with
sedatives.

"There was a noticeable decrease in speed," Jamison said of the whale.
"There was a noticeable decrease in boat evasiveness."

The boat crew cut away line from both sides of the mouth. While a small
piece was left in the whale’s mouth, the animal will hopefully spit it out
as it feeds. Satellite data show the whale is heading north and they hope
it will reach the nutrient-rich waters of New England.


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CURRENT ISSUES:
02/08/11 - 1145 - CWIT Luncheon

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
02/08/11 - 1700 - COMMISSIONERS OF PILOTAGE
02/11/11 - MARITIME ASSOC. ANNUAL MEETING & GALA
02/2011 - CHARLESTON PROP CLUB OYSTER ROAST
2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1 -
HURRICANE STATUS - 5 - OUT OF SEASON

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Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with January 25, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

M 31 High 5:59 AM 5.6 7:15 AM Rise 5:27 AM 10
31 Low 12:08 PM -0.1 5:51 PM Set 3:48 PM
31 High 6:03 PM 4.7

Tu 1 Low 12:16 AM -0.3 7:15 AM Rise 6:09 AM 4
1 High 6:46 AM 5.6 5:52 PM Set 4:47 PM
1 Low 12:54 PM -0.2
1 High 6:50 PM 4.9

W 2 Low 1:02 AM -0.3 7:14 AM Rise 6:45 AM 1
2 High 7:28 AM 5.7 5:53 PM Set 5:45 PM
2 Low 1:36 PM -0.2
2 High 7:33 PM 5.0

Th 3 Low 1:45 AM -0.3 7:13 AM Rise 7:17 AM 0
3 High 8:06 AM 5.6 5:54 PM Set 6:41 PM
3 Low 2:15 PM -0.3
3 High 8:12 PM 5.0

F 4 Low 2:25 AM -0.2 7:12 AM Rise 7:47 AM 0
4 High 8:43 AM 5.5 5:55 PM Set 7:36 PM
4 Low 2:51 PM -0.2
4 High 8:50 PM 5.0

Sa 5 Low 3:02 AM -0.1 7:12 AM Rise 8:15 AM 2
5 High 9:17 AM 5.3 5:56 PM Set 8:30 PM
5 Low 3:25 PM -0.1
5 High 9:26 PM 5.0

Su 6 Low 3:39 AM 0.1 7:11 AM Rise 8:42 AM 7
6 High 9:51 AM 5.0 5:57 PM Set 9:24 PM
6 Low 3:58 PM 0.0
6 High 10:01 PM 5.0

M 7 Low 4:15 AM 0.3 7:10 AM Rise 9:10 AM 12
7 High 10:24 AM 4.8 5:58 PM Set 10:18 PM
7 Low 4:31 PM 0.1
7 High 10:36 PM 4.9

Tu 8 Low 4:53 AM 0.5 7:09 AM Rise 9:40 AM 19
8 High 10:59 AM 4.6 5:59 PM Set 11:13 PM
8 Low 5:06 PM 0.2
8 High 11:15 PM 4.9

W 9 Low 5:35 AM 0.7 7:08 AM Rise 10:12 AM 27
9 High 11:37 AM 4.3 5:59 PM
9 Low 5:47 PM 0.3
9 High 11:59 PM 4.8

Th 10 Low 6:24 AM 0.9 7:08 AM Set 12:09 AM 36
10 High 12:22 PM 4.2 6:00 PM Rise 10:48 AM
10 Low 6:34 PM 0.4

F 11 High 12:50 AM 4.8 7:07 AM Set 1:07 AM 45
11 Low 7:21 AM 1.0 6:01 PM Rise 11:29 AM
11 High 1:16 PM 4.1
11 Low 7:29 PM 0.4

Sa 12 High 1:50 AM 4.9 7:06 AM Set 2:05 AM 55
12 Low 8:25 AM 0.9 6:02 PM Rise 12:17 PM
12 High 2:19 PM 4.1
12 Low 8:31 PM 0.3

Su 13 High 2:56 AM 5.0 7:05 AM Set 3:02 AM 65
13 Low 9:31 AM 0.8 6:03 PM Rise 1:12 PM
13 High 3:24 PM 4.2
13 Low 9:36 PM 0.1

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OFFSHORE FORECAST

Synopsis...A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO THE REGION LATE TODAY AND STALL
JUST S OF THE WATERS TUE...BEFORE LIFTING N AS A WARM FRONT TUE NIGHT. A
STRONGER COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH THE WATERS WED. HIGH PRES WILL RETURN
ON THU BUT GIVE WAY TO ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM ON FRI.
Today...W winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming E this afternoon. seas 1 to 2 ft. A
chance of rain.

Tonight...NE winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 1 to 2
ft...building to 2 to 3 ft.

Tue...E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tue Night...SE winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming S 15 to 20 kt after midnight.
Seas 2 to 3 ft...building to 4 to 6 ft after midnight. A slight chance of
showers in the evening...then a chance of showers after midnight.

Wed...S winds 20 to 25 kt...becoming SW 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas
4 to 6 ft. A chance of showers in the morning...then a slight chance of
showers in the afternoon.

Wed Night...W winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming NW 10 to 15 kt after midnight.
Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers.

Thu...N winds 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.

Fri...NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.
Notice posted on Monday, January 31, 2011

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.