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 Daily Port Update

Date:Wednesday, May 18, 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





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:

Business is booming at South Carolina Ports Authority
By David Slade

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More cargo, more cruise ships, and more cash -- that's the short version of
how the South Carolina Ports Authority's year is going financially.

The SPA reported Tuesday that its container volume increased 10 percent
during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, while breakbulk
volume at the Charleston and Georgetown ports increased 40 percent over the
prior year.

Container volume, breakbulk, and also the number of cruise ship passengers
seen in Charleston were all running ahead of projections for the fiscal
year, which runs through June.

Breakbulk is non-containerized cargo, including BMW vehicles manufactured
in the Upstate.

From July 2010 through April, the ports handled 666,831 containers and
773,000 tons of breakbulk cargo.

The SPA's fiscal-year-to-date operating earnings, at $15.5 million, were
running nearly 25 percent ahead of expectations for the fiscal year, and
130 percent ahead of the last fiscal year.

The cruise ship business has played a role, now accounting for about 7
percent of SPA revenues. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the
Carnival Fantasy's first sailing from Charleston after Carnival decided to
use the city as a year-round home port.

The financial report came at an SPA board meeting where two projects were

--A $536,425 contract was approved with B.I.G. Enterprises to provide five
prefabricated buildings that will be used as guard and security buildings
at the North Charleston, Columbus Street and Veterans terminals. Federal
port security grants are covering 75 percent of the cost.

--The board approved a project to adjust timber fenders at the cruise ship
terminal on Union Pier, to provide a larger cushion between ships and a
passenger loading bridge. Salmons Dredging of Charleston was recommended
for the $197,764 job.



May 17, 2011

Corps Green Lights Charleston Deepening

Charleston, SC – The deepening of the Port of Charleston took a huge leap
forward today when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Work Plan
for the rest of Fiscal Year 2011. The Corps included funds to kick-off the
next phase of the Charleston Harbor post-45 foot deepening project, which
the agency has estimated will bring $100 million in annual national benefits.

The Corps and the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) will now sign a
Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement in the coming days, allowing the project
to move into the next phase.

“We could not be more excited for this port, our customers, this state and
our nation,” said Bill Stern, chairman of the SCPA Board. “With bigger
ships and expanding exports, the United States needs a true 50-foot harbor
in the Southeast. At a time of scarce resources, Charleston is the
nation’s best buy in harbor deepening. The Corps has made a great decision
to include this project.”

The U.S. Congress has already authorized Charleston deepening through the
study phases, and the Corps last summer stated in its Reconnaissance Study
that Charleston is likely “the cheapest South Atlantic harbor to deepen to
50 feet.”

“Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Jim Clyburn and Congressman Tim Scott
have each individually championed this project in working with the
leadership, the Administration and the Corps,” said Stern. “We are
grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation, Governor Nikki
Haley and the General Assembly, as well as mayors from across South
Carolina led by Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. They have all helped highlight
how important this project is to our country. We look forward to advancing
Charleston Harbor Deepening for the benefit of our state and nation.”

More than 20,000 companies in several dozen states use the Port of
Charleston to access global markets. These businesses ship goods worth $50
billion a year through the Charleston Customs District and pay more than
$600 million in duties into the General Treasury annually.

Jim Newsome, president & CEO of the SCPA, said port officials, elected
leaders, workers and business leaders will certainly take a moment to
celebrate before sharpening their focus on the task at hand.

“Our attention now turns to launching the study and securing funds in the
FY2012 budget for the Corps to continue with their share of the work,” said

The Feasibility Study is estimated to be a three- to five-year process
totaling $12-20 million and cost-shared 50/50 by the Federal Government and
the local sponsor. The total project is estimated at $300 million.

“These projects are marathons -- not sprints -- requiring great
persistence, involvement and support,” said Newsome. “I’m confident that
we have the public support and political leadership to get us across the
finish line. And the winners will be U.S. industries, consumers and

The next Charleston deepening will open the port to all classes of the
world’s most modern vessels under any tidal condition. Current channel
depths at low tide are 47 feet in the entrance channel and 45 feet in the
inner harbor.

Charleston already has the area’s deepest channels and routinely handles
ships drawing up to 48 feet on the tides today. More than 300 ships too
big for the Panama Canal have already called Charleston, three years before
the $5-billion canal expansion is completed in 2014. Greater than 80
percent of the ship capacity on order is for ships too big for the existing


U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

“This is a very good day for the Port of Charleston. Today’s announcement
is an important first step in a long journey. The Port of Charleston truly
is one of South Carolina’s chief economic engines. Harbor deepening is
absolutely critical to ensuring the Port of Charleston stays viable in the
years ahead. We’ve already begun working on funding for next year.”

Congressman Jim Clyburn

“I am pleased the Obama Administration has included the initial funding for
the port study in its current Army Corps budget. This means the
Administration has made a commitment to this project, and I will continue
working with members of the South Carolina delegation to ensure the port
receives the federal support it needs to remain competitive.”

Congressman Tim Scott

“Persistence pays off. We knew dredging the Port of Charleston was a
worthy project and we were persistent in ensuring that the Corps knew that,
too. This funding decision was based on an open and transparent process,
which concluded that the Port Charleston provided the best value in the
Southeast, and as such, would be a true asset to our nation.”

Congressman Trey Gowdy

“The Charleston port is an integral part of South Carolina’s economy and a
key aspect of our business development strategy. I am pleased with the
Corps’ choice to fund the port deepening study, and look forward to
continuing to ensure politics don’t get in the way of sound economic

Congressman Joe Wilson

“As a native of Charleston, I fully appreciate the port and the important
role it plays for the economy of South Carolina. I am grateful the
Charleston Harbor is one step closer to being deepened. This is wonderful
news for the port of Charleston, the state, and the entire country.”

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint

“I appreciate that after we have ended earmarks, the Corps chose to fund
the study for Charleston port deepening based on merit instead of being
forced to fund wasteful earmarks based on politics. This is a step in the
right direction, but now it is important as ever that we continue to push
for long-term spending reforms. We need more transparency on how projects
are selected and ensure that the Corps does not become overrun with
political earmarks again so that true national priorities like the
Charleston port continue to receive the necessary support.”

South Carolina Senator Larry Grooms (Chairman, Ports Authority Review &
Oversight Commission)

“Come on in, our water is just fine. It’s a clear message: for Southern
markets and those beyond, it’s full steam ahead for Charleston.”

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

“I am confident that this critical funding will ensure that the Port of
Charleston’s future is secure as a première port on the East Coast. The
deepening of Charleston Harbor is a huge economic achievement for the
region and is the equivalent of another Boeing or BMW. I want to
personally thank President Obama and Vice President Biden for including
this funding in the Corps of Engineers Work Plan. The support of Senator
Lindsey Graham, Congressman Jim Clyburn and Congressman Tim Scott ensured
that this funding was included and will help make it possible for our Port
to have a leg up in the competition in the global marketplace.”



05/26/11 - 0815 - NAV OPS MEETING



Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with May 17, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

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

Tu 24 High 2:00 AM 5.2 6:15 AM Rise 1:24 AM 58
24 Low 8:17 AM 0.5 8:18 PM Set 1:06 PM
24 High 2:27 PM 4.8
24 Low 8:38 PM 1.1

W 25 High 2:50 AM 4.9 6:15 AM Rise 1:53 AM 49
25 Low 9:05 AM 0.5 8:18 PM Set 2:00 PM
25 High 3:20 PM 4.9
25 Low 9:36 PM 1.1

Th 26 High 3:40 AM 4.8 6:15 AM Rise 2:21 AM 39
26 Low 9:52 AM 0.5 8:19 PM Set 2:54 PM
26 High 4:11 PM 5.1
26 Low 10:32 PM 1.1

F 27 High 4:29 AM 4.7 6:14 AM Rise 2:49 AM 30
27 Low 10:38 AM 0.4 8:20 PM Set 3:47 PM
27 High 5:00 PM 5.3
27 Low 11:25 PM 1.0

Sa 28 High 5:18 AM 4.6 6:14 AM Rise 3:18 AM 22
28 Low 11:23 AM 0.3 8:20 PM Set 4:42 PM
28 High 5:47 PM 5.5

Su 29 Low 12:14 AM 0.8 6:13 AM Rise 3:50 AM 14
29 High 6:06 AM 4.6 8:21 PM Set 5:38 PM
29 Low 12:07 PM 0.2
29 High 6:32 PM 5.7

M 30 Low 1:00 AM 0.7 6:13 AM Rise 4:25 AM 8
30 High 6:52 AM 4.6 8:21 PM Set 6:35 PM
30 Low 12:50 PM 0.1
30 High 7:15 PM 5.8

Tu 31 Low 1:43 AM 0.5 6:13 AM Rise 5:05 AM 3
31 High 7:37 AM 4.7 8:22 PM Set 7:32 PM
31 Low 1:32 PM 0.0
31 High 7:56 PM 6.0



Rest Of Today...W winds 10 kt...becoming SW 10 to 15 kt this afternoon.
Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Tonight...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Thu...SW winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming S 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 1
to 2 ft.

Thu Night Through Fri Night...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

Sat...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Sun...SW winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Notice posted on Wednesday, May 18, 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.