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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Monday, November 21, 2011
Priority:Normal
Notice:
PORT LIMITS/INFORMATION
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Maximum Depths - (Fresh)
Harbor Entrance - 47.0 ft
Main Channel - 45.0 ft

BERTH LIMITS/INFORMATION:
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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
Wando Terminal - Max draft 43'00 MLW - tide needed 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'
Pier J Max Draft 30 FT
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

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VESSEL TRAFFIC:

KMI4 - STOLT AMI - ETA 11/23/11
ICE BASE - ETA 11/24/11
MCT ALTAIR - ETA 11/26/11

BP - TUG INTEGRITY & 650-4 - IN ETD 1200/23RD

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FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL FILING REQUIREMENTS:
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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
Terminal.

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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Current Articles:

Right whale guardians may be endangered

Monday, November 21, 2011

The giants soon will arrive offshore. The rare right whales have begun to
head south to calve.

An airplane survey crew already is in place in the Lowcountry, waiting on
the weather to lift before beginning a winter of flights looking for the
mammoths and alerting nearby ships to their presence. For the next five
months of calving season, that lone propeller plane and its cramped
spotters are on the lookout for some of the most endangered animals in the
world and the busy commercial ports of three states.

Starting next year, the crossing guard might not be out there so often. The
five-year State Ports Authority grant that has been paying half the
$440,000-a-year cost of the Sea to Shore Alliance flights will run out next
year. For that money, the group will turn to uncertain National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration grants that now pay the other half.

Dianna Schulte, the survey crew leader, frankly concedes the job can't be
done effectively for $200,000. Cynthia Taylor, the research scientist in
charge of the effort, said the alliance is hoping NOAA makes up the
difference. But more NOAA funds aren't certain, and there might be fewer
flights, she said. There's no telling what will happen down the road with
budget-crunched public money.

"We might not always fly," she said.

The right whale is the nearly extinct 40-ton, 50-foot-long mammal that
whalers all but wiped out in the 19th century. Only about 400 are known to
exist today, so few that researchers consider every whale vital to the
survival of the species. The whales travel back and forth from their summer
feeding grounds off New England to calve in the warmer winter waters off
the Southeast coast.

Those waters are heavily trafficked. The presence of the whales and rules
to protect them are disrupting everything from commercial shipping to naval
warfare training.
Sightings off S.C.

2010-11: 36 whales, 5 cow/calf pairs.

2009-10: 55 whales, 19 cow/calf pairs

2008-09: 121 whales, 39 cow/calf pairs *

Record season

Partly because of the aerial survey work, NOAA in 2008 mandated that large
ships within 23 miles of the coast must slow to half-speed when the whales
are around. Shipping and ports interests fought the rule. Observers say it
is sometimes violated by both military and commercial vessels.

The Ports Authority offered the grant in 2007 as part of its proposal for a
new shipping terminal at the former Navy base in North Charleston, because
of environmentalists' concerns about increased shipping traffic's impact on
the whales. That terminal is now in development.

SPA spokesman Byron Miller said there are no plans to renew the grant. "We
had an agreement. This is the final year of the agreement," he said.

Taylor said the best protection for the whales is for ships to slow down.

"I know my colleagues, including the State Ports Authority, aren't happy
about that," she said. But "we can't change the whale's behavior. We can
only change human behavior."

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CURRENT ISSUES:

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:

12/08/11 - TBA - PROPELLER CLUB - PORT HOLIDAY PARTY
2018 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
CURRENT HURRICANE STATUS - 4 – NO STORMS EXPECTED

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
100 AM EST MON NOV 21 2011

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

1. A BROAD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 850 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE
LEEWARD ISLANDS CONTINUES TO PRODUCE A LARGE AREA OF CLOUDINESS...
SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF ITS CENTER.
THIS SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN AND PRODUCE GALE-FORCE WINDS OVER THE
NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS...AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE LOW COULD GRADUALLY
ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS BEFORE IT MOVES OVER COOLER WATER. THIS
SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM
CHANCE...40 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS AS IT MOVES NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS LARGE WEATHER SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH
SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...UNDER AWIPS HEADER
NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.


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

M 21 High 3:44 AM 6.0 6:55 AM Rise 2:43 AM 25
21 Low 10:05 AM 0.2 5:16 PM Set 2:28 PM
21 High 3:57 PM 5.7
21 Low 10:20 PM -0.2

Tu 22 High 4:44 AM 6.4 6:56 AM Rise 3:51 AM 16
22 Low 11:06 AM -0.1 5:15 PM Set 3:09 PM
22 High 4:56 PM 5.8
22 Low 11:15 PM -0.5

W 23 High 5:41 AM 6.8 6:57 AM Rise 5:02 AM 8
23 Low 12:03 PM -0.3 5:15 PM Set 3:54 PM
23 High 5:52 PM 5.8

Th 24 Low 12:09 AM -0.7 6:58 AM Rise 6:13 AM 2
24 High 6:37 AM 7.0 5:15 PM Set 4:46 PM
24 Low 12:58 PM -0.5
24 High 6:47 PM 5.8

F 25 Low 1:02 AM -0.8 6:59 AM Rise 7:22 AM 0
25 High 7:31 AM 7.1 5:15 PM Set 5:44 PM
25 Low 1:51 PM -0.5
25 High 7:41 PM 5.8

Sa 26 Low 1:54 AM -0.7 7:00 AM Rise 8:26 AM 0
26 High 8:24 AM 7.0 5:14 PM Set 6:46 PM
26 Low 2:42 PM -0.4
26 High 8:34 PM 5.7

Su 27 Low 2:46 AM -0.6 7:01 AM Rise 9:22 AM 3
27 High 9:16 AM 6.8 5:14 PM Set 7:51 PM
27 Low 3:33 PM -0.3
27 High 9:27 PM 5.5

M 28 Low 3:37 AM -0.3 7:01 AM Rise 10:11 AM 9
28 High 10:08 AM 6.5 5:14 PM Set 8:56 PM
28 Low 4:24 PM 0.0
28 High 10:20 PM 5.3

Tu 29 Low 4:29 AM 0.0 7:02 AM Rise 10:53 AM 16
29 High 11:00 AM 6.1 5:14 PM Set 9:59 PM
29 Low 5:14 PM 0.2
29 High 11:14 PM 5.2

W 30 Low 5:23 AM 0.4 7:03 AM Rise 11:29 AM 25
30 High 11:52 AM 5.7 5:14 PM Set 10:58 PM
30 Low 6:05 PM 0.4

Th 1 High 12:09 AM 5.0 7:04 AM Rise 12:02 PM 35
1 Low 6:20 AM 0.7 5:13 PM Set 11:55 PM
1 High 12:43 PM 5.4
1 Low 6:57 PM 0.6

F 2 High 1:05 AM 5.0 7:05 AM Rise 12:32 PM 44
2 Low 7:19 AM 1.0 5:13 PM
2 High 1:35 PM 5.1
2 Low 7:47 PM 0.7

Sa 3 High 2:00 AM 5.0 7:06 AM Set 12:50 AM 54
3 Low 8:19 AM 1.1 5:13 PM Rise 1:01 PM
3 High 2:27 PM 4.9
3 Low 8:38 PM 0.7

Su 4 High 2:54 AM 5.1 7:06 AM Set 1:44 AM 64
4 Low 9:17 AM 1.1 5:13 PM Rise 1:30 PM
4 High 3:17 PM 4.8
4 Low 9:26 PM 0.6

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OFFSHORE FORECAST

Synopsis...HIGH PRESSURE WILL PREVAIL INTO TUESDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE
THROUGH THE AREA LATE WEDNESDAY...WITH HIGH PRESSURE RETURNING THROUGH LATE
THIS WEEK.
This Afternoon...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Tonight...SW winds 5 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Patchy fog after midnight.

Tue...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Patchy fog.

Tue Night...S winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming SW 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25
kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Areas of fog. A chance of showers after
midnight.

Wed...SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft... Subsiding
to 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Showers likely
with a chance of tstms in the morning...then a chance of showers with a
slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.

Wed Night...NW winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming N after midnight. Gusts up to
30 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Thu...NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.

Thu Night...NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.

Fri...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Fri Night...E winds 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Notice posted on Monday, November 21, 2011

Disclaimer
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.