|Subject:||CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE|
|Date:||Monday, August 15, 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
BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 - IN ETD 1300/20TH
KMI4 - SANKO BRIGHT - ETA 070016/TH
KMI4 - LOUISE KNUDSEN - ETA 1400 17/TH
KMI4 - BOW ARCHITECT - ETA 8/17/11
KMI4 - GLORY - ETA 8/18/11
KMI4 - ENERGY PROTECTOR - ETA 8/19/11
KMI4 - 650-3 - ETA 8/28/11
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.
STATE REPORT: Port Royal purchase deal advances
Monday, August 15, 2011
HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Port Royal officials are optimistic that a deal to
sell the closed state-owned marine terminal in the town will go through
after the two previous attempts to secure buyers for the 51-acre property
A development group's offer to buy the former Port of Port Royal near
Beaufort advanced last week when the S.C. Budget and Control Board approved
The board, which voted 5-0 for the $17 million sale, identified the
prospective buyer as the Port Royal Redevelopment Group.
Registered to Sam Thurman Jr. at 1115 Paris Ave., the company will have a
90-day due-diligence and inspection period before the sale can close.
The S.C. State Ports Authority approved the deal last month.
Thurman could not be reached for comment.
A town press release said the company's principals have more than 30 years
of real estate and development experience, including the development of
nearby Fripp Island from 1990 through 2001.
The latest proposed buyer of the shuttered Port Royal terminal (above)
previously was involved in the development of nearby Fripp Island, town
Port Royal town manager Van Willis called the deal "a great opportunity for
all of Port Royal."
"This has been a long time coming," Willis said. "We believe Port Royal
Redevelopment Group will be good stewards of this property, and we're
excited to see what this will mean for the town of Port Royal, its
residents and businesses."
Unlike previous would-be buyers, who worked almost exclusively with the
SPA, the development group is working closely with the town, too, Mayor Sam
The company's lender has issued a "loan commitment letter," and the SPA is
satisfied the buyer is qualified and financially able to complete the
purchase, according to budget board documents.
The company has deposited $50,000 in refundable earnest money, will deposit
an additional $150,000 after Tuesday's vote and can extend the
due-diligence period by 30 days for $75,000 more, according to the documents.
The town's news release said the redevelopment on Battery Creek would
include a mix of residential and commercial uses.
The budget board's documents included a map of a "Marina Village & Town
Park" that shows a waterfront commercial village along the existing dock
building, a waterfront park near the end of Paris Avenue, a Harbour Master
Cottage Park near a realigned London Avenue, and a 9.8-acre municipal park
along Sands Beach Road with a streetscape of angled parking.
During the due-diligence period, the town and developers plan to amend the
town's planned-unit development ordinance for the property and draft a new
development agreement, according to the town's release.
The current development agreement is set to expire next year.
Willis said those changes would be minor. "What (the developers) intend to
do mirrors pretty closely what the town wants," he said.
The authority operated a small port on the land from 1958 through 2004,
when it closed at the urging of then-Gov. Mark Sanford.
Efforts to sell the property have included a group of Hilton Head Island
investors that tried to get financing for the parcel in 2007, but the deal
fell apart in 2008.
Earlier this year, Charleston-based Gramling Brothers Real Estate and
Development backed away from a pending $16.75 million contract after
reaching this point in the process.
Gramling Brothers had concerns about title issues on several smaller pieces
of property within the larger tract and restrictions on a more than
200-slip marina, town and authority officials said at the time.
Gramling Brothers requested more time to work through those issues before
making a scheduled $50,000 deposit, a request the authority denied.
The company had also sought to eliminate a 10-acre waterfront park planned
at the end of London Avenue, putting homes there instead. Sanford and many
residents opposed the idea.
Unlike the budget board's meeting to approve the Gramling Brothers sale,
which was "very involved" and "somewhat heated," Tuesday's decision took
less than a minute, Willis said.
Charleston to propose cruise controls
Charleston ordinance draws its share of critics
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Exactly how many cruise ships can call on Charleston has sparked heated debate.
Now, some hope an ordinance could end the legal fight between downtown
neighborhoods, preservation and conservation groups and Carnival Cruise
Lines, which owns and operates most of the ships that call here.
The city of Charleston will consider the new ordinance next week outlining
what the city and State Ports Authority would do if they want more ships.
Others are less sure.
A pending lawsuit filed earlier this year by attorneys with the Southern
Environmental Law Center seeks to clarify the city's power to regulate
cruise ships. The city is joining the suit in Carnival's defense.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation also has placed Charleston on
a new "watch list" because of concerns about the impact of cruise ships.
The SPA has said that the number of cruise ships calling here will not
exceed 104 a year -- and only one vessel could be in port on any given day
-- but its agreement with the city is a nonbinding resolution.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said he doesn't think those numbers will rise,
noting there are only 89 ships scheduled to call here this year and about
84 next year.
"However, I do think it is well to have in the city code the formal outline
of the process that the city would follow should the Ports Authority seek a
change," Riley said in a recent memo to City Council.
Riley and port leaders recently traveled to Miami to meet with Carnival
His proposed ordinance calls for written notification from the Ports
Authority, a community forum, at least one public hearing and a review by
the city's Tourism Commission.
Byron Miller, spokesman for the Ports Authority, said the proposal spells
out the process for the city's actions -- and the type of involvement the
authority has pledged to undertake should its cruise business change.
"We are not opposing the ordinance, as is," he said Friday.
The ordinance does not specify any penalties or other repercussions but
says after the public forums and hearings, City Council shall revisit its
resolution outlining cruise ships' limits.
Charleston City Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, who is running against
Riley and others in this fall's mayoral race, said the proposed ordinance
has no enforceable authority at all. He said he also was confused that
Riley presented it.
"I think it's disingenuous that the mayor now proposes regulations when he
has said publicly -- to the peninsula task force and to City Council --
that the city does not have the authority to regulate," he said. "To me,
the ordinance does not go far enough."
Charleston City Council Gary White said he hasn't fully digested the
proposed ordinance, which he only recently read.
"I can't say one way or another whether I think it's a good document or
not," he said. "Hopefully, it will help some of those folks who are a
little bit anxious about it. I don't think we're going to be able to make
everyone happy in this process."
One person unhappy so far is Dana Beach, director of the Coastal
Conservation League, one of the groups suing Carnival.
"No one believes this is a consequential measure. I don't even understand
it," he said.
Beach said city leaders don't seem to be concerned about whether they will
be notified about more than 104 cruise ships calling in Charleston.
"The question is whether the city will step up to the plate and ensure they
don't get worse -- and whether they have the authority to do that," Beach said.
At the very least, the proposed ordinance will trigger more discussion
among City Council members, who have not debated the issue much since
agreeing to a resolution with the State Ports Authority last fall.
The Historic Charleston Foundation, which is not a party to the Carnival
lawsuit, also has been working on a proposed ordinance.
Miller said that while the Ports Authority agrees with the proposed
ordinance it would oppose any effort to give the city enforceable authority
on cruise ship numbers.
"We have consistently opposed any attempt that would limit our maritime
commerce mandate under South Carolina law," he said. "Any action like that
would be unacceptable."
08/16/11 - 1000 - SCSPA BOARD MEETING
08/24/11 - 1800 - NOAA WRIGHT WHALE MEETING IN SAVANNAH GARDEN CITY HALL
08/25/11 - 0800 - NAV OPS MEETING
09/20/11 - 1145 - CWIT LUNCHEON
09/23/11 - 1030 - CHS TRAFFIC AND TRANS CLUB GOLF TOURN. AT STONO FERRY
10/06/22 - PM - BBQ AND BLUEGRASS SOCIAL
10/20/11 - 1800 - CWIT ANNUAL AUCTION
2018 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED
SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
CURRENT HURRICANE STATUS - 4 - T/S GHENT
TROPICAL STORM GERT ADVISORY NUMBER 6
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072011
500 AM AST MON AUG 15 2011
...GERT STRENGTHENS...EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR BERMUDA LATER TODAY...
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 105 MI...175 KM SE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 355
DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1003 MB...29.62 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...
THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS ISSUING ADVISORIES ON TROPICAL STORM
GERT...LOCATED ABOUT 130 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.
1. SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS DIMINISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH A
BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 550 MILES NORTH- NORTHEAST OF THE
NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN
ONLY MARGINALLY CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM OVER THE NEXT
COUPLE OF DAYS DUE TO PROXIMITY TO TROPICAL STORM GERT. THIS SYSTEM HAS A
LOW CHANCE...10 PERCENT...
OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES
NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD AT 15 TO 20 MPH.
ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with July 21, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 15 Low 3:36 AM 0.2 6:43 AM Set 8:25 AM 98
15 High 9:37 AM 5.4 8:05 PM Rise 8:53 PM
15 Low 3:48 PM 0.4
15 High 10:03 PM 5.8
Tu 16 Low 4:13 AM 0.3 6:44 AM Set 9:19 AM 95
16 High 10:16 AM 5.4 8:04 PM Rise 9:22 PM
16 Low 4:29 PM 0.6
16 High 10:39 PM 5.5
W 17 Low 4:48 AM 0.4 6:44 AM Set 10:14 AM 91
17 High 10:55 AM 5.4 8:03 PM Rise 9:51 PM
17 Low 5:08 PM 0.9
17 High 11:15 PM 5.3
Th 18 Low 5:23 AM 0.5 6:45 AM Set 11:08 AM 84
18 High 11:34 AM 5.4 8:02 PM Rise 10:22 PM
18 Low 5:48 PM 1.1
18 High 11:52 PM 5.0
F 19 Low 5:59 AM 0.6 6:46 AM Set 12:03 PM 77
19 High 12:14 PM 5.3 8:01 PM Rise 10:56 PM
19 Low 6:30 PM 1.3
Sa 20 High 12:32 AM 4.8 6:46 AM Set 12:58 PM 69
20 Low 6:39 AM 0.7 8:00 PM Rise 11:34 PM
20 High 12:58 PM 5.3
20 Low 7:17 PM 1.4
Su 21 High 1:16 AM 4.7 6:47 AM Set 1:53 PM 60
21 Low 7:23 AM 0.8 7:58 PM
21 High 1:47 PM 5.3
21 Low 8:10 PM 1.5
M 22 High 2:06 AM 4.6 6:48 AM Rise 12:16 AM 50
22 Low 8:14 AM 0.8 7:57 PM Set 2:48 PM
22 High 2:42 PM 5.4
22 Low 9:09 PM 1.5
Tu 23 High 3:02 AM 4.5 6:48 AM Rise 1:04 AM 40
23 Low 9:10 AM 0.8 7:56 PM Set 3:42 PM
23 High 3:40 PM 5.5
23 Low 10:10 PM 1.4
W 24 High 4:01 AM 4.6 6:49 AM Rise 1:58 AM 31
24 Low 10:10 AM 0.6 7:55 PM Set 4:32 PM
24 High 4:38 PM 5.7
24 Low 11:08 PM 1.1
Th 25 High 5:00 AM 4.8 6:50 AM Rise 2:57 AM 21
25 Low 11:09 AM 0.4 7:54 PM Set 5:19 PM
25 High 5:34 PM 6.0
F 26 Low 12:02 AM 0.8 6:50 AM Rise 4:01 AM 13
26 High 5:56 AM 5.1 7:52 PM Set 6:02 PM
26 Low 12:06 PM 0.1
26 High 6:27 PM 6.3
Sa 27 Low 12:52 AM 0.4 6:51 AM Rise 5:07 AM 6
27 High 6:51 AM 5.5 7:51 PM Set 6:43 PM
27 Low 1:01 PM -0.2
27 High 7:17 PM 6.5
Su 28 Low 1:40 AM 0.0 6:52 AM Rise 6:15 AM 2
28 High 7:43 AM 5.9 7:50 PM Set 7:20 PM
28 Low 1:54 PM -0.4
28 High 8:06 PM 6.6
OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST
Synopsis...A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE WATERS THIS MORNING. HIGH
PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE REGION AND REMAIN THE DOMINANT WEATHER FEATURE
THROUGH MUCH OF THE WEEK. A WEAKENING COLD FRONT MAY APPROACH FROM THE
NORTHWEST NEXT WEEKEND...BUT WILL MOST LIKELY STALL OUT OR DISSIPATE BEFORE
REACHING THE LOCAL AREA.
Today...SW winds 15 kt...diminishing to W 5 to 10 kt late this morning and
early afternoon...then increasing to SW 10 to 15 kt late. Seas 3
ft...subsiding to 2 ft or less this afternoon. A slight chance of showers
and tstms late.
Tonight...W winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming NE 10 kt late. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Tue...NE winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming E 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 1
to 2 ft in the morning...then 1 foot.
Tue Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot.
Wed...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot...then 1 to 2 ft in the afternoon.
Wed Night...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Fri...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Fri Night...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A slight chance of
showers and tstms.
|Notice posted on Monday, August 15, 2011|
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