|Subject:||CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 16, 2011|
Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft
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 30'00" 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
BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 - ETA 1600/17TH
FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL FILING REQUIREMENTS:
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
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2011
Port Awards Cruise Terminal Design to CH2M Hill & Local Partners
Design Work to Begin Immediately for Terminal at New Location – Relocated
Terminal to Open Much of Union Pier for Public, Other Uses
Charleston, SC – Today, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA)
Board awarded the design work for the new Union Pier passenger terminal to
a team led by national firm CH2M Hill, along with local partners LS3P
Associates, Collins Engineers, DesignWorks and Thomas & Hutton.
The $2.4-million design project for the new terminal will begin this month.
Actual renovation work will also begin this year, with a targeted opening
date by the third quarter of 2012.
“We were fortunate to have a number of qualified and accomplished firms
submit for the Union Pier passenger terminal project,” said Jim Newsome,
president and CEO of the SCSPA. “The CH2M Hill team brings extensive
experience in converting marine cargo structures into modern cruise
facilities, along with a thorough understanding and appreciation of the
need to fit contextually with Charleston’s special character.”
The design team will be converting and renovating an existing structure
into the new passenger terminal. That building is located at the northern
end of the SCSPA’s Union Pier property. It will replace the present
passenger terminal, built almost 40 years ago much farther south on the
Relocating the cruise terminal northward is the essential catalyst to
realizing the Union Pier Concept Plan – a plan that includes moving all
cargo operations off of Union Pier, reducing cargo-related traffic,
eliminating trains, and opening up more than 35 acres to public and private
uses, including unparalleled public access to Charleston’s waterfront. The
SCSPA recently relocated the BMW and other rolling stock business from
Union Pier to an improved Columbus Street Terminal.
“Today is a major milestone toward the realization of the Union Pier
Concept Plan,” said City of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. “This
plan, which was driven by community input, presents an extraordinary
opportunity to continue enhancing our economy with the cruise business,
while also relocating cargo operations from Union Pier. I am delighted
that we are moving forward with a great team, a great plan, a great boost
to our economy, and a great future for Union Pier and this city.”
Charleston City Council approved a resolution supporting the relocation of
the cruise operation and the Union Pier Concept Plan last September.
Created with extensive public involvement, the Union Pier Concept Plan can
be seen at http://www.UnionPierPlan.com.
Newsome also emphasized the economic benefits of the cruise business.
“It’s a vital economic driver for the maritime industry,” he said. “And,
of course, other businesses benefit as the cruise ships and crew buy
products and services here. In addition, passengers spend money in shops,
restaurants, hotels and attractions.”
The cruise business in the Charleston area supported more than 400 jobs and
$37 million in total economic output in 2010, including $16 million in
wages and $3.5 million in tax revenues. According to the Center for
Business Research, the construction of the new terminal alone will deliver
an estimated economic boost of $43 million and create more than 300 jobs.
The passenger terminal design assignment covers all architectural and
engineering plans, contract documents, costs and schedules necessary to
convert the existing building into a cruise passenger terminal. The
assignment’s scope includes the terminal building, parking, security,
berth, baggage handling and other amenities necessary to efficiently handle
one cruise vessel at a time.
Funds are in hand to renovate the building and deliver the new terminal --
the SCSPA issued $170 million in bonds to fund major projects, including
the cruise facility, in December.
The Port of Charleston expects to welcome 90 cruise ships in 2011.
The public will continue to have ongoing opportunities to submit feedback
and comments throughout the design process. Comments and questions also can
be submitted through http://www.UnionPierPlan.com.
Today, the South Carolina State Ports Authority Board awarded the design
work for the new Union Pier passenger terminal to a team led by national
firm CH2M Hill, along with local partners LS3P Associates, Collins
Engineers, DesignWorks and Thomas & Hutton.
We were fortunate to have a number of qualified and accomplished firms
submit proposals for the project. The CH2M Hill team brings extensive
experience in converting marine cargo structures into modern cruise
facilities, along with a thorough understanding and appreciation of the
need to fit contextually with Charleston's special character.
We are excited to move forward with this project. Design begins this month
and actual renovation work on Building 322 will also begin this year, with
a targeted opening date for the new terminal by the third quarter of 2012.
According to the Center for Business Research, the renovation work on the
new terminal alone will deliver an estimated economic boost of $43 million
and create more than 300 jobs.
Relocating the cruise terminal northward on the Union Pier property is the
essential catalyst to realizing the Union Pier Concept Plan - a plan that
includes moving all cargo operations off of Union Pier, reducing
cargo-related traffic, eliminating trains, and opening up more than 35
acres to public and private uses, including unparalleled public access to
Charleston's waterfront. The Ports Authority recently relocated the BMW
and other rolling stock business from Union Pier to an improved Columbus
We continue to welcome your feedback and comments, and look forward to the
next steps in making this important project a reality. Please continue to
visit http://www.UnionPierPlan.com for additional information and regular
updates and to submit your feedback.
New opposition voiced to site of passenger terminal
By John McDermott
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A group representing some downtown Charleston home owners is voicing new
opposition to a site that the State Ports Authority is proposing for its
cruise terminal, adding a fresh wrinkle to the project.
The Charlestowne Neighborhood Association, which has about 450 members and
covers the area south of Broad Street, has launched a petition in an effort
to move the local pleasure ship embarkation point to the north edge of the
SPA's Columbus Street Terminal.
The maritime agency said it previously studied that location and has ruled
it out as a cruise hub. Spokesman Byron Miller pointed out that three car
carriers were tied up at the site on Tuesday as workers loaded them with
dozens of Upstate-made BMW vehicles valued at millions of dollars.
"Columbus Street is a vitally important cargo terminal for us," Miller said.
The Charlestowne group's proposal is coming late in the planning process.
The SPA on Tuesday hired a firm to design the replacement for its existing
cruise building, which is to be relocated to the north edge of Union Pier
from the south end.
The rest of the waterfront property will be redeveloped into a mix of
houses, businesses and civic uses.
Jim Newsome, the port's chief executive officer, said the cruise plan
matches what the agency presented to the public in September, and the
authority plans to go forward with it.
He reiterated that the SPA held several sessions for public input early on.
Without those meetings, "We would've done something completely different,"
Steve Gates, chairman of the neighborhood association's subcommittee on
cruise ships, said the SPA plan needs "a total scrub down for all involved."
He and other Charlestowne representatives said Tuesday that the Columbus
Street port is a superior alternative, because a cruise operation on any
portion of Union Pier would drive down the value of the rest of that property.
"It's probably the most prime 70 acres of real estate on the East Coast of
the United States," Gates said.
The group said its proposal has other advantages over the SPA plan.
For instance, it said incoming cruise traffic would be directed to parking
areas off Morrison Drive, reducing congestion on East Bay Street to the south.
In addition, the association said the Columbus Street site should be
configured as a "dual-use facility," meaning it could be easily converted
back into a cargo operation if the cruise business ever dries up.
The Charlestowne representatives said about 150 members signed the petition
at a meeting Monday night. It hopes to rally more support from other
neighborhood associations, then ask state lawmakers to direct the SPA to
sell the entire Union Pier site to private developers.
The group said its proposal already has been endorsed by the Ansonborough
Neighborhood Association and the Committee to Save the City.
The SPA's Miller said the use of the Columbus Street yard for cruises "is
not practical or feasible."
He said the agency recently spent more $20 million on improvements and has
moved the Columbus Street container business to North Charleston Terminal
to accommodate BMW and other customers.
"We had lot of puzzle pieces to move around," Miller said.
Strategically, Columbus Street is valuable for other reasons, he added.
"It's the closest cargo terminal to the open ocean, and it has on-dock
rail," he said.
03/24/2011 - NAV/OPS MEETING
04/12/2011 - CWIT ANNUAL BANQUET
2014 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED
SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
HURRICANE STATUS - 5 - OUT OF SEASON
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with March 14, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 16 High 5:28 AM 5.7 7:29 AM Set 5:03 AM 79
16 Low 11:56 AM 0.0 7:28 PM Rise 4:16 PM
16 High 6:00 PM 5.3
Th 17 Low 12:15 AM -0.5 7:28 AM Set 5:43 AM 88
17 High 6:27 AM 5.9 7:29 PM Rise 5:26 PM
17 Low 12:49 PM -0.4
17 High 6:57 PM 5.8
F 18 Low 1:13 AM -0.9 7:26 AM Set 6:20 AM 94
18 High 7:21 AM 6.1 7:29 PM Rise 6:36 PM
18 Low 1:39 PM -0.8
18 High 7:52 PM 6.2
Sa 19 Low 2:07 AM -1.1 7:25 AM Set 6:57 AM 98
19 High 8:13 AM 6.2 7:30 PM Rise 7:48 PM
19 Low 2:28 PM -1.0
19 High 8:44 PM 6.5
Su 20 Low 3:00 AM -1.2 7:24 AM Set 7:35 AM 99
20 High 9:03 AM 6.1 7:31 PM Rise 8:59 PM
20 Low 3:16 PM -1.1
20 High 9:35 PM 6.7
M 21 Low 3:52 AM -1.2 7:22 AM Set 8:15 AM 98
21 High 9:52 AM 6.0 7:32 PM Rise 10:11 PM
21 Low 4:04 PM -1.1
21 High 10:26 PM 6.7
Tu 22 Low 4:45 AM -0.9 7:21 AM Set 8:59 AM 93
22 High 10:42 AM 5.7 7:32 PM Rise 11:20 PM
22 Low 4:53 PM -0.8
22 High 11:19 PM 6.5
W 23 Low 5:38 AM -0.6 7:20 AM Set 9:47 AM 86
23 High 11:34 AM 5.4 7:33 PM
23 Low 5:44 PM -0.5
Th 24 High 12:14 AM 6.2 7:18 AM Rise 12:27 AM 77
24 Low 6:33 AM -0.2 7:34 PM Set 10:40 AM
24 High 12:28 PM 5.1
24 Low 6:38 PM -0.1
F 25 High 1:12 AM 5.8 7:17 AM Rise 1:27 AM 67
25 Low 7:30 AM 0.1 7:35 PM Set 11:37 AM
25 High 1:26 PM 4.8
25 Low 7:37 PM 0.2
Sa 26 High 2:13 AM 5.5 7:16 AM Rise 2:20 AM 56
26 Low 8:30 AM 0.4 7:35 PM Set 12:36 PM
26 High 2:27 PM 4.6
26 Low 8:40 PM 0.5
Su 27 High 3:16 AM 5.3 7:14 AM Rise 3:06 AM 46
27 Low 9:30 AM 0.6 7:36 PM Set 1:35 PM
27 High 3:30 PM 4.6
27 Low 9:46 PM 0.6
M 28 High 4:16 AM 5.1 7:13 AM Rise 3:46 AM 36
28 Low 10:28 AM 0.6 7:37 PM Set 2:34 PM
28 High 4:31 PM 4.7
28 Low 10:48 PM 0.6
Tu 29 High 5:11 AM 5.1 7:12 AM Rise 4:21 AM 27
29 Low 11:21 AM 0.5 7:37 PM Set 3:30 PM
29 High 5:26 PM 4.9
29 Low 11:44 PM 0.5
OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST
Synopsis...A COLD FRONT WILL SHIFT THROUGH THE WATERS TONIGHT. HIGH PRES
WILL THEN BUILD OVER THE REGION THROUGH LATE WEEK. A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT
WILL DROP S THROUGH THE AREA SAT NIGHT INTO SUN.
Rest Of Today...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Tonight...W winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming NW 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas
2 to 3 ft.
Thu...N winds 10 kt...becoming E in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Thu Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft in the evening... Then 1 foot.
Fri...SW winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon.
Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Fri Night...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sat...W winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming N 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun...NE winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming E 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6
ft...subsiding to 4 to 5 ft.
|Notice posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011|
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