|Subject:||CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 10, 2011|
Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft
Current maximum drafts allowed at berths:
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
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.
Cruise ship forum told to sweat details: Audience urged to help shape new
terminal to city's benefit
By Robert Behre
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It's unclear how many minds changed during Monday evening's 2 1/2-hour
forum over the impact the cruise ship industry is having on historic
But a message that emerged near the end cautioned the approximately 400 in
the audience not to view the issue solely through the lens of who wins or
loses the longstanding debate over the industry's potential growth here.
Instead, audience members were urged to scrutinize details for handling the
cruise industry -- specifically for building a new passenger terminal
planned to serve it -- so they're as beneficial as possible to the city.
The forum, sponsored by the Historic Charleston Foundation, brought
together Mayor Joe Riley, State Ports Authority President Jim Newsome and
several outside experts specializing in urban design, tourism, architecture
John Norquist, the former Milwaukee mayor who now heads the Congress for
the New Urbanism, urged the audience to work harder and help perfect the
Ports Authority's plans to redevelop Union Pier.
"I think one of the great things about Charleston is that people argue over
how to make it better," he said. He noted the plans for surface parking
lots near the cruise terminal could be changed, even eliminated. "It's the
kind of detail that could make the plan work better from the standpoint of
The authority plans to redevelop Union Pier and build a new passenger
terminal on the site's northern end, near Laurens Street. But an
increasingly vocal group of residents and preservationists want it moved
even farther north, closer to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. They also want
legally enforceable caps on the size and number of cruise ships calling here.
Many speakers acknowledged the potential downside of the cruise industry,
citing how the ships have overrun Key West, Fla., and the Bahamas and how
Mobile, Ala., invested big in a new passenger terminal only to see its main
cruise line set sail from that city.
Jonathan Tourtellot, a founding director of the Center for Sustainable
Destinations, said he also is a tourist in Charleston, adding, "I don't
know many of us (tourists) who come to a city and say, 'Oh good! There's a
cruise ship in!' "
Still, the significance of the industry was underscored 90 minutes before
the forum began, as more than 100 port supporters rallied to back the plan
to build a new passenger terminal.
At least six held up signs reading, "Jobs Not Snobs!"
Adrian Barry, a rising College of Charleston senior, was part of a small
counter protest and held up his own sign that read, "Cruise Standards for
Sustainable Tourism." Barry said he and other protesters weren't against
cruise ships; they just want limits on them locked into law.
The Ports Authority has agreed to voluntary limits of no more than one
cruise ship at a time and no more than 104 per year. Newsome told both the
rally and forum that he knows of no other major port that has accepted
legal limits on its business, "and we're not going to be the first one."
Harry Miley, founder of the Columbia economic consulting firm Miley &
Associates Inc., said the passenger terminal part of Union Pier seems more
concrete than plans to redevelop other parts of the site -- redevelopment
that could make the project work better for existing neighbors.
"How will it be paid for? Who will own it?" Miley asked. "That still seems
to be a long, long way off."
Mayor Riley got the first applause when he passionately argued that
comparisons between Charleston and Key West were "ridiculous," saying
Charleston can easily absorb the 3-4 percent of its tourist base that
arrives or departs by ship.
He later got the biggest laugh when he noted the city always has had a
diverse, working waterfront and that today's Fleet Landing restaurant is so
named because that building once was where sailors arrived in the city
after a long time at sea.
"Let me tell you what: They were not heading to the antique stores," he said.
Sink or sail?
The future of cruise ships is one of the most hotly contested issues on the
peninsula of Charleston.
The State Ports Authority wants to build a new passenger terminal. In
September, City Council resolved to support the ships, noting that the
state didn't plan to allow more than one cruise ship at a time -- roughly
two a week -- to dock here. But residents and preservationists fear more
cruise ships could call on Charleston in the future.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is considering whether the
cruise ship issue merits adding the city to its "11 Most Endangered" list.
Here are three key points in the debate:
About two-thirds of the cruise ships have passengers embarking and
disembarking in the city, causing heavy traffic on the streets leading from
Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17 to the ships.
The new cruise ship terminal is being designed to accommodate one ship at a
time and is expected to handle ships that carry between 1,900 and 3,500
Also in dispute is whether the State Ports Authority should continue its
plan of building a new passenger terminal on Union Pier or whether it
should be moved to another site farther away from the historic district.
Pro: While the rising number of cruise ships did tie up traffic for a time
around East Bay Street and the Harris Teeter supermarket, city officials
have worked to improve the traffic flow and reduce congestion.
Con: Even with better traffic management, opponents question whether cruise
ships harm the historic district by increasing the number of vehicles on
already congested streets — and by giving over a large swath of Union Pier
for use as a parking lot.
Pro: Supporters say visitors drawn by cruise ships provide an important
economic jolt for the Charleston economy, particularly downtown. With no
more than one ship at a time in port, supporters say these visitors are
easily absorbed into the city.
Con: Detractors say cruise ship passengers don't support many downtown
restaurants, hotels and businesses as much as other tourists do, making
them less desirable. They say it's not just the crowds but also the noise
from PA systems and horns, air pollution and other negative effects.
Pro: Union Pier has long been part of the city's working waterfront and
would have passengers disembark within walking distance of many city
attractions. The new terminal would help spur redevelopment of this largely
Con: Opponents want the site moved farther north, to the Columbus Street
Terminal site, to ease the impact of cruise ship traffic and parking — and
to allow, in their view, appropriate redevelopment of Union Pier.
The Coastal Conservation League and Dover Kohl and Partners will discuss
the economic realities of moving the cruise terminal from the Union Pier
property, 10 a.m.
today at Ansonborough Fields.
The South Carolina Ports Authority kicks off its Union Pier Cruise Terminal
design process, noon today at the current passenger terminal, 196 Concord St.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is expected to decide soon if
it will add Charleston to its '11 Most Endangered List' because of cruise
CURRENT ISSUES: NONE
05/10/11 - 1200 - SCSPA UNION PIER PLANNING MEETING
05/10/11 - 1145 - CWIT LUNCHEON
05/10/11 - 1700 - SC COMMISSIONERS OF PILOTAGE MEETING
05/26/11 - 0815 - NAV OPS MEETING
08/03/11 - 0830 - MARSEC 3 TRAINING EXCERCISE
2018 - 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 May 9, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
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
W 11 High 2:21 AM 5.5 6:24 AM Set 2:11 AM 50
11 Low 8:57 AM 0.2 8:08 PM Rise 1:59 PM
11 High 3:11 PM 5.2
11 Low 9:26 PM 0.3
Th 12 High 3:24 AM 5.5 6:23 AM Set 2:47 AM 61
12 Low 9:56 AM 0.0 8:09 PM Rise 3:05 PM
12 High 4:15 PM 5.6
12 Low 10:33 PM 0.1
F 13 High 4:27 AM 5.5 6:22 AM Set 3:22 AM 72
13 Low 10:54 AM -0.3 8:10 PM Rise 4:12 PM
13 High 5:17 PM 6.0
13 Low 11:37 PM -0.1
Sa 14 High 5:28 AM 5.5 6:22 AM Set 3:58 AM 82
14 Low 11:50 AM -0.5 8:11 PM Rise 5:21 PM
14 High 6:16 PM 6.4
Su 15 Low 12:37 AM -0.4 6:21 AM Set 4:38 AM 90
15 High 6:27 AM 5.5 8:11 PM Rise 6:32 PM
15 Low 12:44 PM -0.7
15 High 7:12 PM 6.7
M 16 Low 1:34 AM -0.5 6:20 AM Set 5:22 AM 96
16 High 7:23 AM 5.5 8:12 PM Rise 7:42 PM
16 Low 1:37 PM -0.8
16 High 8:06 PM 6.9
Tu 17 Low 2:27 AM -0.6 6:19 AM Set 6:11 AM 99
17 High 8:18 AM 5.4 8:13 PM Rise 8:50 PM
17 Low 2:29 PM -0.8
17 High 8:59 PM 6.9
W 18 Low 3:19 AM -0.6 6:19 AM Set 7:07 AM 99
18 High 9:11 AM 5.4 8:13 PM Rise 9:53 PM
18 Low 3:20 PM -0.6
18 High 9:50 PM 6.7
Th 19 Low 4:10 AM -0.5 6:18 AM Set 8:07 AM 97
19 High 10:04 AM 5.2 8:14 PM Rise 10:49 PM
19 Low 4:10 PM -0.4
19 High 10:41 PM 6.4
F 20 Low 5:00 AM -0.3 6:18 AM Set 9:09 AM 92
20 High 10:55 AM 5.1 8:15 PM Rise 11:37 PM
20 Low 5:01 PM -0.1
20 High 11:31 PM 6.1
Sa 21 Low 5:50 AM -0.1 6:17 AM Set 10:12 AM 85
21 High 11:48 AM 4.9 8:16 PM
21 Low 5:52 PM 0.3
Su 22 High 12:21 AM 5.8 6:17 AM Rise 12:17 AM 77
22 Low 6:39 AM 0.2 8:16 PM Set 11:12 AM
22 High 12:40 PM 4.8
22 Low 6:45 PM 0.6
M 23 High 1:11 AM 5.4 6:16 AM Rise 12:53 AM 68
23 Low 7:28 AM 0.4 8:17 PM Set 12:10 PM
23 High 1:33 PM 4.8
23 Low 7:40 PM 0.9
OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST
Synopsis...HIGH PRES WILL DOMINATE TODAY BEFORE A WEAK COLD FRONT SETTLES
INTO THE REGION TONIGHT. THE WEAK FRONT WILL PUSH S THROUGH THE AREA ON
WED. HIGH PRES WILL THEN BUILD FROM THE N THU. A COMPLEX FRONTAL SYSTEM
COULD IMPACT THE AREA OVER THE WEEKEND.
Today...SE winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SW. Seas 1 to 2 ft. A slight chance
of showers and tstms this afternoon.
Tonight...S winds 10 to 15 kt...diminishing variable 5 kt after midnight.
Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms. Some tstms may be severe in the
Wed...E winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas
2 to 3 ft...building to 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. A chance of showers and
tstms in the morning...then a slight chance of showers and tstms in the
Wed Night...E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Thu...E winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Thu Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Fri...SE winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3
ft...building to 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Sat...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft...building to 3 to 4 ft. A chance
of showers and tstms.
|Notice posted on Tuesday, May 10, 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.