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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Thursday, February 10, 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: NONE

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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:

S.C. focuses on logistics
New commerce chief wants master plan for transportation, distribution
jwilkinson@thestate.com

Thursday, February 10, 2011

COLUMBIA -- You've got to be able to move goods to create jobs.

But South Carolina lacks a comprehensive master plan for its
transportation, distribution and logistics systems -- the highway which
high-end manufacturers such as BMW and Boeing use to get their products to
markets around the world, new S.C.

Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said Wednesday. That plan should address
better integration of the Port of Charleston, roads and rail, distribution
centers, land ports and airports, as well as a strategy for the future, he
said.

"Good ideas attract money, but we don't have a plan," he said at a
transportation, distribution and logistics summit in Columbia. "We must
commit to a master plan to get these dots connected."

South Carolina has lost badly the race with Georgia and Virginia in
attracting large, import-based distribution centers, such as Home Depot and
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. As a result, traffic at the port of Charleston
plummeted 37 percent from 2004 to 2009, dropping it to ninth in the nation
from fourth.

During the same time, shipping at the port of Savannah rose 42 percent,
increasing its rank in the nation from fifth to fourth.

Charleston's slip means that, despite its prime location on the East Coast,
the state has failed to create distribution jobs that were within reach,
experts have said.

"I don't like that two states were building (distribution centers) and we
weren't," Hitt told the audience of business people and policy makers at
Columbia's Capital City Club. "But I don't think the reasons are good ones."

Hitt, a former managing editor of The State newspaper and spokesman for
BMW, was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley in December. The summit was
sponsored by New Carolina, a public-private partnership that serves as the
state's Council on Competitiveness.

South Carolina's problems in recruiting distribution centers began in the
late 1990s, based on a common misconception.

Distribution centers drive shipping, not the other way around.

But the port of Charleston had focused on courting and retaining shipping
firms, rather than working closely with state and local officials to
recruit customers -- the large retailers who would go on to build or lease
huge distribution centers to get their goods to the then-exploding
Southeastern market.

While state and port officials quarreled over a new terminal and busied
themselves with the needed work of dredging and building a new Cooper River
bridge, Georgia and other states were busy acquiring land and building
infrastructure.

Meanwhile, with the support of their state and local governments, the Port
of Savannah and the twin ports of Norfolk and Suffolk, Va., worked with
developers to nail down key properties along nearby interstate highways,
improve interchanges, install infrastructure and lay the foundation to reel
in the distribution center expansion to come.

As a result, Savannah landed the lucrative 1.5 million-square-foot Home
Depot distribution center. It also boasts Wal-Mart, Target, Sears/Kmart,
Lowe's and IKEA. Ships followed.

Meanwhile, container traffic in Charleston dropped, and shipping to
Savannah skyrocketed.

The loss of the import race affects exports as well. All those ships coming
in fill up before they leave.

From 2004 to 2009, the number of containers as measured in 20-foot
increments hauled into and out of Charleston plunged to about 1.2 million a
year from nearly 1.9 million, while Savannah's traffic spiked to 2.3
million from 1.7 million.

Hitt, who has been in office only 15 days, said he didn't have all the
answers to knit together and improve the state's transportation and
distribution network. But he noted that the new leadership at the State
Ports Authority, led by CEO Jim Newsome, and finding a compromise for rail
access to a new North Charleston container terminal being built on the
former Navy base were key.

He also said the state must join the race in creating "big box" space that
would attract more import shipping.

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CURRENT ISSUES:
02/11/11 - MARITIME ASSOC. ANNUAL MEETING & GALA

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
02/24/2011 - 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 February 4, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

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

M 14 High 4:00 AM 5.3 7:04 AM Set 3:56 AM 75
14 Low 10:32 AM 0.5 6:04 PM Rise 2:14 PM
14 High 4:27 PM 4.5
14 Low 10:38 PM -0.3

Tu 15 High 5:00 AM 5.6 7:03 AM Set 4:46 AM 84
15 Low 11:28 AM 0.1 6:05 PM Rise 3:21 PM
15 High 5:25 PM 4.9
15 Low 11:36 PM -0.7

W 16 High 5:56 AM 5.9 7:02 AM Set 5:32 AM 91
16 Low 12:19 PM -0.3 6:06 PM Rise 4:30 PM
16 High 6:20 PM 5.3

Th 17 Low 12:31 AM -1.0 7:01 AM Set 6:13 AM 96
17 High 6:47 AM 6.2 6:07 PM Rise 5:41 PM
17 Low 1:07 PM -0.7
17 High 7:12 PM 5.7

F 18 Low 1:24 AM -1.2 7:00 AM Set 6:52 AM 99
18 High 7:37 AM 6.3 6:07 PM Rise 6:52 PM
18 Low 1:55 PM -1.0
18 High 8:03 PM 6.0

Sa 19 Low 2:16 AM -1.3 6:59 AM Set 7:29 AM 99
19 High 8:25 AM 6.3 6:08 PM Rise 8:03 PM
19 Low 2:41 PM -1.1
19 High 8:54 PM 6.2

Su 20 Low 3:07 AM -1.3 6:58 AM Set 8:05 AM 96
20 High 9:13 AM 6.1 6:09 PM Rise 9:13 PM
20 Low 3:28 PM -1.1
20 High 9:45 PM 6.2

M 21 Low 4:00 AM -1.1 6:57 AM Set 8:43 AM 90
21 High 10:01 AM 5.8 6:10 PM Rise 10:23 PM
21 Low 4:16 PM -1.0
21 High 10:38 PM 6.1

Tu 22 Low 4:54 AM -0.7 6:56 AM Set 9:23 AM 82
22 High 10:52 AM 5.4 6:11 PM Rise 11:31 PM
22 Low 5:06 PM -0.7
22 High 11:34 PM 5.9

W 23 Low 5:51 AM -0.3 6:55 AM Set 10:07 AM 72
23 High 11:46 AM 5.1 6:12 PM
23 Low 6:00 PM -0.4

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OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST

Synopsis...LOW PRES WILL MOVE AWAY FROM THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AS HIGH
PRES BUILDS IN ITS WAKE. ANOTHER LOW WILL FORM OFF THE SE FL COAST LATE
TONIGHT AND MOVES NE FRI...AS IT PASSES WELL E OF THE WATERS LATE FRI.
STRONGER HIGH PRES THEN BUILDS FROM THE W INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.
This Afternoon...N winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming NE. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A
slight chance of showers with patchy drizzle early.

Tonight...NE winds 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of rain after
midnight.

Fri...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of rain.

Fri Night...N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Sat...NW winds 10 to 15 kt...diminishing to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon.
Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Sat Night...W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Sun...W winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming SW 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3
ft...building to 3 to 4 ft.

Mon...W winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming NW 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4
ft...subsiding to 2 to 3 ft.

Notice posted on Thursday, February 10, 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.