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 Daily Port Update

Date:Wednesday, April 27, 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 43'00 MLW - tide neede for anything deeper than
43'01" 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
Veterans Terminal 35' MLW tidal restricted
Nucor - Max draft 25'00 (movements daylight & tidal restricted), Max LOA
550', 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



KMI4 - THEO T - IN ETD 2330/27TH
BP - T/B RESOLVE / 650-3 - ETA 0330/28TH


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.


Current Articles:

(4/26/11) The inside story on Savannah and Charleston
ports' threat to Port of Miami

Georgia port's Curtis Foltz talks harbor deepening with Charleston
maritime community

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Playing to a tough crowd, Georgia Ports Authority
Executive Director Curtis Foltz was quick to break the ice at Thursday’s
meeting of the Propeller Club of Charleston.

“I’m not sure (what was more surprising), the call I got inviting me here
or my accepting it,” he quipped to a room full of South Carolina maritime
leaders gathered at The Citadel’s Altman Athletic Center.

But Charlestonians are nothing if not gracious, and the standing-room-
only crowd listened politely as Foltz offered his presentation on
Georgia’s deepwater ports and the need for deeper harbors both in
Savannah and Charleston.

“The Savannah River doesn’t have to divide us,” he said. “In fact, in the
business we’re in — which is economic development — it needs to bring us

“The Southeast is by far the fastest growing region in the country.
Moving forward, we’re going to need all the capacity in Charleston and
all the capacity in Savannah to meet the demand,” Foltz said.

“And, looking at the tremendous demographic growth ahead, I also believe
we will need a Jasper Port.”

South Carolina officials at several levels have been openly hostile to
the possibility of deepening the Savannah Harbor at a time when no money
has been appropriated to pay for a study on doing the same for Charleston.

They also have raised fears that a deeper channel for Savannah would
jeopardize a proposed bi-state Jasper County, S.C., port.

Foltz and other Georgia officials have consistently argued that Savannah
and Charleston both should prepare for bigger ships expected along the
East Coast after the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2014.

They also have said the deeper Savannah River would not jeopardize the
Jasper project.

Foltz pointed out to his Charleston audience that, of all the major ports
in the world, Savannah and Charleston — at 42 feet and 45 feet
respectively — are the shallowest.

“With our area projected to be the fastest growing region in the next 50
years, this is simply unacceptable,” he said, drawing nods around the

But, once Foltz’s presentation moved to the question and answer segment,
the gloves came off. Questions — put forth by moderator Robert New of
Charleston Port Services — often sounded more like challenges than

Regarding the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s indication that it would not
support a depth of 48 feet, New asked if Foltz agreed that the proposal
to dig to 48 feet was dead.

“Of course not,” Foltz said. “It’s my understanding, after many
conversations, that Fish & Wildlife is willing to go along with the (U.S.
Army ) Corps of Engineers’ final recommendation, and we don’t know yet
what that will be.”

Asked how the Corps and GPA intended to address city water officials’
concerns that deepening would increase chloride levels in the river,
Foltz said those issues are being addressed.

“First of all, the models all indicate chloride levels will be well
within acceptable ranges, but we continue to work with the city to find
ways to get them even lower,” he said.

Considering that President Obama included no construction funds for the
project in his 2012 fiscal budget, New asked Foltz what made him think
the project had financial legs moving forward.

“First of all, we were certainly not surprised that there was no
construction money allocated for 2012,” Foltz said, pointing out that the
project did receive $600,000 to complete the study.

“While we would have loved to have seen it, the reality is it would have
been unprecedented for President Obama to put money in his budget for a
project that has not yet been approved.”

But, New asked, what if no money is forthcoming in the next round? With
the expanded Panama Canal opening in 2014, how far out can the project
realistically be pushed before it becomes moot?

“We recognize that the best-case scenario at this point is a completion
date in 2016,” Foltz said. “That’s our goal at this point, and our
customers are all on board with that.”

Turning to study parameters, New pointed out that modeling for the harbor
deepening is based on a 140-foot-wide ship, yet ships wider than that
have already begun calling on the Port of Charleston. Why, he asked,
wouldn’t GPA consider revising the model, if only for the sake of safety?

“First of all, those ships are calling on Savannah as well,” Foltz
said. “But the Corps modeled this project on the 8,500 TEU vessel that
they anticipate will be the workhorse on the East Coast after the canal
is expanded.

“Our harbor pilots have been involved from the beginning and are
satisfied with the model and its navigational features, he said.

“You can handle all those 10,000 TEU ships in Charleston — we’re OK with
that,” he said, smiling.

What about the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental
Control’s refusal to grant the project a water quality certification, New
asked. How can it proceed without that?

Foltz indicated there was precedent for doing just that.

“In situations like this, when a state refuses to allow certification,
the Corps and the federal government have moved forward on projects
considered to be beneficial to the nation,” he said.

New pointed out that the ports of Charleston and Savannah are only 110
miles apart.

“Ships are getting bigger, and it’s unlikely they will continue to call
on both ports,” he said. “Do you see a combined bi-state port authority
at some point in the future”

Not likely, Foltz said.

“But I do hope the two states will see the importance of creating a bi-
state port in Jasper,” he said.

After repeated questions about the environmental soundness of the
project, Foltz’s frustration finally surfaced.

After New quoted a newspaper article in which an environmental
spokesperson accused the models of being incorrect, Foltz turned the
question back on New.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much misinformation has been put out
about this project,” he said.

“After $40 million and 12 years of study, do you really think there has
been any shortchanging?”


04/28/2011 - 0800 - NAV/OPS MEETING

05/10/11 - 1145 - CWIT LUNCHEON



Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with April 21, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

W 27 High 4:28 AM 5.0 6:37 AM Rise 3:23 AM 33
27 Low 10:40 AM 0.6 7:58 PM Set 3:14 PM
27 High 4:51 PM 5.0
27 Low 11:12 PM 0.9

Th 28 High 5:18 AM 4.9 6:36 AM Rise 3:52 AM 24
28 Low 11:27 AM 0.4 7:59 PM Set 4:07 PM
28 High 5:40 PM 5.3

F 29 Low 12:03 AM 0.8 6:35 AM Rise 4:19 AM 16
29 High 6:04 AM 4.9 8:00 PM Set 5:01 PM
29 Low 12:09 PM 0.3
29 High 6:26 PM 5.5

Sa 30 Low 12:49 AM 0.6 6:34 AM Rise 4:48 AM 10
30 High 6:48 AM 4.9 8:00 PM Set 5:55 PM
30 Low 12:50 PM 0.2
30 High 7:08 PM 5.7

Su 1 Low 1:32 AM 0.5 6:33 AM Rise 5:18 AM 5
1 High 7:31 AM 4.9 8:01 PM Set 6:50 PM
1 Low 1:29 PM 0.1
1 High 7:48 PM 5.9

M 2 Low 2:12 AM 0.4 6:32 AM Rise 5:50 AM 1
2 High 8:11 AM 4.9 8:02 PM Set 7:46 PM
2 Low 2:06 PM 0.1
2 High 8:25 PM 5.9

Tu 3 Low 2:51 AM 0.3 6:31 AM Rise 6:27 AM 0
3 High 8:50 AM 4.9 8:03 PM Set 8:43 PM
3 Low 2:43 PM 0.1
3 High 9:01 PM 6.0

W 4 Low 3:29 AM 0.3 6:30 AM Rise 7:08 AM 0
4 High 9:27 AM 4.8 8:03 PM Set 9:40 PM
4 Low 3:21 PM 0.1
4 High 9:36 PM 5.9

Th 5 Low 4:07 AM 0.3 6:29 AM Rise 7:55 AM 2
5 High 10:03 AM 4.7 8:04 PM Set 10:34 PM
5 Low 3:59 PM 0.2
5 High 10:12 PM 5.9

F 6 Low 4:46 AM 0.4 6:28 AM Rise 8:48 AM 6
6 High 10:40 AM 4.6 8:05 PM Set 11:26 PM
6 Low 4:41 PM 0.2
6 High 10:51 PM 5.9

Sa 7 Low 5:28 AM 0.4 6:27 AM Rise 9:45 AM 12
7 High 11:20 AM 4.6 8:06 PM
7 Low 5:26 PM 0.3
7 High 11:35 PM 5.8

Su 8 Low 6:14 AM 0.4 6:26 AM Set 12:13 AM 19
8 High 12:08 PM 4.6 8:06 PM Rise 10:46 AM
8 Low 6:17 PM 0.3

M 9 High 12:25 AM 5.7 6:25 AM Set 12:56 AM 29
9 Low 7:04 AM 0.4 8:07 PM Rise 11:49 AM
9 High 1:04 PM 4.7
9 Low 7:15 PM 0.4

Tu 10 High 1:21 AM 5.6 6:25 AM Set 1:35 AM 39
10 Low 7:59 AM 0.3 8:08 PM Rise 12:54 PM
10 High 2:06 PM 4.9
10 Low 8:19 PM 0.4



Today...S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt...increasing to 20 to 25 kt
late. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms until late

Tonight...S winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft...building to 5 to 7 ft after

Thu...SW winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. A chance of tstms. A chance of

Thu Night...SW winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming NW after midnight. Seas 4 to 6
ft...subsiding to 3 to 4 ft after midnight. A chance of showers and tstms
in the evening...then a slight chance of showers and tstms after midnight.

Fri...NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt...becoming W in the
afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Fri Night...W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Sat...E winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SE. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Sun...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Notice posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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.