|Subject:||CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE|
|Date:||Monday, September 12, 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
HESS - OVERSEAS MYKONOS - 2100/12TH
KMI4 - SICHEM PARIS - ETA 2300/12TH
STENA PRIMORSK - ETA 0600/14TH
BOW KISO - ETA 9/22/11
BOW RIYAD - ETA 9/23/11
BOW FLOWER - ETA 10/1/11
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.
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Project Seahawk secures port Biggest worry involves weapons arriving in
The federal security blanket that descended on the nation in the wake of
9/11 has covered Charleston and its waters.
Shortly after the attacks, several federal, state and local agencies began
creating an innovative, interagency effort to track ships and cargo
entering Charleston Harbor.
This push, called "Project Seahawk," has evolved over the past decade and
continues to evolve, as different federal agencies exchange the lead role.
A ship calling on Charleston now must give at least 96 hours notice so
officers can review its history, owners, any problems, previous ports of
call -- even crew members.
Robert Fencel, area port director with the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, said, "Prior to 9/11 people just threw stuff in containers and
gave us a pile of papers once they got here. It's not like that anymore."
Also, Seahawk has received grants to install more cameras, sonar equipment
and other monitors to watch the harbor, as well as creating a new database
and an interagency operations center. One of its biggest tasks is to ensure
that none of thousands of shipping containers that come through
Charleston's port contains a weapon of mass destruction.
The number of security officers involves changes depending on the day and
any perceived threat, said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Rhodes, spokesman for Coast Guard
"If we need more security or there's search and rescue, we can talk to
those partners within Seahawk and get the people we need to respond," he said.
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, who has been involved with Seahawk
since its inception, said Charleston's port is more significant than most
people realize, moving 40 percent of the weaponry bound for the Middle East.
Seahawk has not tracked down any major terrorists or terror plots -- one of
its highest-profile busts was the 2003 arrest of 35 suspected illegal
aliens working on the new Cooper River bridge -- but Cannon said Seahawk's
impact should be judged in a different way.
"The greatest legacy of Seahawk was the development of the realization that
we could come together and set aside all sorts of things and work together
for a common goal," he said. "The threat is still there. It may have
changed a little bit, but it's just as serious as it has ever been."
Fencel said the effort has helped his agency better fulfill its traditional
responsibilities of intercepting illegal drugs and spotting trade
violations. "When you're looking for antiterrorism, you often find a lot of
other things," he added.
The federal security upgrades also have been felt on the Medical University
of South Carolina campus.
The school now closely tracks the comings and goings of its international
students with the Student and Exchange Visa Information System (one 9/11
hijacker was in the U.S. on a student visa but never showed up on campus;
two others were trying to change their status from tourists to students).
Mark Sothmann, MUSC's provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said
that tracking has required some additional personnel, training and expense,
and the school's researchers also have had to register with the appropriate
federal authorities if their work involves bioterrorism agents.
But he noted the post 9/11 changes also include opportunities, not just
inconveniences: Several MUSC professors have received grants to do work in
the bioterrorism area as well as to research the psychological effects of
Cruise foes, port in power struggle: Shore-side electricity conflict raises
pollution, cost issues
By Robert Behre
Monday, September 12, 2011
At least seven other U.S. ports provide some electrical connection for
cruise ships to plug into while in port, leading to cleaner air --at least
in the area immediately around the docks.
But no such shore power is in the works here as the State Ports Authority
plans to build a new $30 million cruise ship passenger terminal.
It's one of several sticking points that led to a lawsuit between
neighborhood and preservation groups and Carnival Cruise Lines.
With Charleston becoming a year-round cruise ship destination from ships
such as the Carnival Cruise Line Fantasy, concerns have been raised about
the impact on the city and its residents.
Michelle Sinkler of the Coastal Conservation League noted the cruise
terminal in Brooklyn is the latest to convert to shore-side power -- made
possible in part by a $2.8 million Environmental Protection Agency grant.
"Other communities are doing it," she said. "We're not suggesting anything
Cruise ships burn dirty fuel and -- unlike cargo ships -- must run their
electrical and heating and air systems, restaurants and shops while in port.
The State Ports Authority took a close look at shore-side power as part of
its engineering evaluations for its new cruise terminal but concluded it
wasn't financially worthwhile, Ports Authority spokesman Byron Miller said.
"The cost is astronomical for the relatively small environmental benefit,"
he said. "The environmental and economic math do not work."
That's largely because both cruise and cargo ships will be required to use
cleaner fuel beginning in 2012, he said.
The International Maritime Organization recently approved a "North America
Emission Control Area" that means, beginning next year, ships must use
cleaner fuel within 230 miles of shore and while at docks.
By 2015, their sulfur output should drop from about 40,000 parts per
million to 1,000 parts per million. That should cut back on soot from
burning the fuel. Ships also must be retrofitted with advanced emission
control systems by 2016.
Sinkler said the regulations might address sulphur content but not all
emissions. "I think the point is that Charleston deserves the best possible
technology to protect the health of its citizens. Sinkler noted state Sen.
Robert Ford, D-Charleston, recently reversed himself on moving the terminal
to Columbus Street, partly because of the health impacts.
Other ports that have shore-side power seem to have unique stories.
Brooklyn made its conversion with federal help, and Carnival Cruise Lines
has agreed to spend $2 million to retrofit two cruise ships that regularly
On the West Coast, Princess Cruise Lines took the lead on retrofitting the
only one of Juneau, Alaska's, four cruise berths with shore-side power.
Princess Cruise Lines, owned by Carnival Corp. , has spent $7 million to
convert nine of its ships to accept shore-side power.
Juneau's deputy port engineer Erich Schaal said the city plans to spend
about $1.5 million to install initial infrastructure to enable two publicly
owned berths to have shore-side power, but the problem is that Alaska
Electric Light and Power currently doesn't have the power to share.
When it does, finishing the job would cost about $5 million more per berth,
Princess said it costs about $4,500 per day to buy electrical power in
Juneau, compared to about $3,500 per day with a ship generator.
The S.C. State Ports Authority estimated it would cost that agency $5.6
million to provide onshore power, and Carnival Cruise Lines would have to
spend about another $1.5 million more to retrofit the Fantasy, the cruise
ship that calls on Charleston most often. At least 15 other cruise ships
also are scheduled to call here this year.
Meanwhile, S.C. Electric & Gas Co. would have to enlarge its electrical
service to the port site, and the utility would consider doing so, if
asked, SCE&G spokeswoman Kim Asbill said.
That request isn't likely to come anytime soon. Miller said that cruise
emissions represent less than half a percent of the Lowcountry's total
And he noted even if Union Pier had shore-side power, that power still
would produce emissions, albeit at a coal or other power plant farther away.
"It's a nice bumper sticker, but from a practical standpoint, it's simply
not required or justifiable," he said. "Maybe if the Conservation League
wants to subsidize it, we can make it happen."
Power is but one issue that has deeply divided cruise supporters and
opponents in Charleston.
The other issues are the city's refusal to set legally binding limits on
the number of cruise ships calling here, as well as the most appropriate
site for a new cruise terminal and other pollution issues.
A civil lawsuit, filed against Carnival Cruise Lines by two Charleston
neighborhoods, the Coastal Conservation League and Preservation Society, is
pending. Both the city of Charleston and Ports Authority are asking the
S.C. Supreme Court to accept the case, bypassing the state's lower courts.
09/13/11 - 1700 - Pilot Commission monthly meeting
09/19/11 - 1300 - SCSPA Monthly Meeting
09/20/11 - 1145 - CWIT LUNCHEON
09/21/11 - 0815 - MASC Board meeting
09/22/11 - 0815 - NavOps meeting
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
11/15/11 - TBA - PROPELLER CLUB - STATE OF THE PORT DINNER
2018 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED
SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
CURRENT HURRICANE STATUS - 4 TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
TROPICAL STORM MARIA ADVISORY NUMBER 23
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142011
500 AM AST MON SEP 12 2011
...MARIA MOVING AWAY FROM THE NORTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN ISLANDS WITH
LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH...
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 165 MI...270 KM N OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
ABOUT 800 MI...1285 KM S OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with July 21, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 12 Low 2:24 AM 0.4 7:01 AM Set 7:12 AM 99
12 High 8:28 AM 5.8 7:30 PM Rise 7:24 PM
12 Low 2:44 PM 0.5
12 High 8:54 PM 5.9
Tu 13 Low 3:01 AM 0.4 7:02 AM Set 8:06 AM 99
13 High 9:06 AM 5.9 7:29 PM Rise 7:53 PM
13 Low 3:23 PM 0.7
13 High 9:30 PM 5.7
W 14 Low 3:36 AM 0.5 7:03 AM Set 9:01 AM 98
14 High 9:43 AM 5.9 7:28 PM Rise 8:24 PM
14 Low 4:01 PM 0.8
14 High 10:05 PM 5.5
Th 15 Low 4:09 AM 0.6 7:03 AM Set 9:55 AM 94
15 High 10:18 AM 5.8 7:26 PM Rise 8:57 PM
15 Low 4:38 PM 1.0
15 High 10:40 PM 5.3
F 16 Low 4:43 AM 0.7 7:04 AM Set 10:50 AM 89
16 High 10:54 AM 5.7 7:25 PM Rise 9:33 PM
16 Low 5:15 PM 1.2
16 High 11:15 PM 5.1
Sa 17 Low 5:19 AM 0.8 7:05 AM Set 11:45 AM 82
17 High 11:31 AM 5.6 7:24 PM Rise 10:13 PM
17 Low 5:55 PM 1.4
17 High 11:52 PM 4.9
Su 18 Low 5:59 AM 0.9 7:05 AM Set 12:39 PM 75
18 High 12:13 PM 5.6 7:22 PM Rise 10:58 PM
18 Low 6:40 PM 1.5
M 19 High 12:35 AM 4.8 7:06 AM Set 1:32 PM 66
19 Low 6:44 AM 1.0 7:21 PM Rise 11:49 PM
19 High 1:02 PM 5.6
19 Low 7:32 PM 1.6
Tu 20 High 1:25 AM 4.7 7:07 AM Set 2:23 PM 57
20 Low 7:37 AM 1.0 7:20 PM
20 High 1:59 PM 5.6
20 Low 8:30 PM 1.6
W 21 High 2:24 AM 4.8 7:07 AM Rise 12:44 AM 47
21 Low 8:36 AM 1.0 7:18 PM Set 3:10 PM
21 High 3:00 PM 5.7
21 Low 9:32 PM 1.4
Th 22 High 3:28 AM 4.9 7:08 AM Rise 1:44 AM 36
22 Low 9:40 AM 0.8 7:17 PM Set 3:53 PM
22 High 4:01 PM 5.9
22 Low 10:31 PM 1.1
F 23 High 4:30 AM 5.2 7:08 AM Rise 2:47 AM 26
23 Low 10:43 AM 0.5 7:16 PM Set 4:34 PM
23 High 5:00 PM 6.1
23 Low 11:27 PM 0.7
Sa 24 High 5:29 AM 5.6 7:09 AM Rise 3:53 AM 17
24 Low 11:44 AM 0.2 7:14 PM Set 5:12 PM
24 High 5:55 PM 6.4
Su 25 Low 12:20 AM 0.3 7:10 AM Rise 5:00 AM 9
25 High 6:26 AM 6.1 7:13 PM Set 5:50 PM
25 Low 12:41 PM -0.1
25 High 6:48 PM 6.6
OFFSHORE WEATHER FORECAST:
Synopsis...A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE WATERS TODAY AND
TONIGHT. WEAK HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD INTO THE REGION TUESDAY THROUGH
WEDNESDAY. TROPICAL CYCLONE MARIA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN FAR OFF THE EAST
AND SOUTHEAST COAST THROUGH THE MIDDLE PART OF THE WEEK. REFER TO THE
LATEST ADVISORIES ON MARIA ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. A COLD
FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM THE NORTH LATE IN THE WEEK.
Today...NE winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SE 10 kt this afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight...SE winds 10 kt...becoming SW after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Tue...N winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming E in the afternoon. Seas 3 ft.
Tue Night...E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Wed...NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Wed Night...SE winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SW after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Thu...N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Thu Night...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers and
Fri...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers.
Fri Night...NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers.
|Notice posted on Monday, September 12, 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.