|Subject:||Charleston Daily update - Critics of dredging approval fire away|
|Date:||Friday, December 09, 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
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550', Max Beam 52'
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2 hours before high water
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3 hours before high water
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Current Articles: (12/9/11) Critics of dredging approval fire away
The controversial decision by South Carolina regulators to allow the
Georgia Ports Authority to deepen the Savannah River came under fire from
multiple directions Thursday.
Lawmakers held hearings in Columbia and in Mount Pleasant, where the head
of the State Ports Authority said neither the governor nor state
regulators asked his opinion on the rival port's project.
Gov. Nikki Haley shot back at her detractors, and an environmental group
filed suit over the permit approval.
Legislators continued to blast the Department of Health and Environmental
Control board's November ruling as harmful to the Port of Charleston, the
state and the environment. The ports of Savannah and Charleston are
racing to deepen their shipping channels to handle larger container
Haley has been accused of tilting the DHEC board decision in Georgia's
favor in a back-room deal, but senators on a panel in Columbia concluded
after hearings that Haley did not act inappropriately.
Meanwhile, in Mount Pleasant, a group of Charleston area lawmakers
serving on a port-related committee voted to throw legislative support
behind "any entity" that would challenge the DHEC permit decision.
A short time later, the Southern Environmental Law Center announced that
it has filed an appeal of the permit.
Charleston port officials and environmental groups have clashed
frequently, but have become allies in their opposition to the Savannah
A state Senate committee voted 7-3 Thursday to clear Haley on allegations
that she used her position to help Georgia win a South Carolina permit to
dredge the Savannah port in exchange for political perks.
The senators reached that conclusion after reviewing emails and
documents, and listening to two days of testimony from Haley's top four
employees and board members and staff from the Department of Health and
Ted Pitts, Haley's deputy chief of staff and a former Republican lawmaker
from Lexington, said Haley did not strike any deals. Georgia Gov. Nathan
Deal asked Haley on Oct. 4 to see that DHEC's board would hear Georgia's
case for the permit after DHEC staff had first denied it.
Haley then asked DHEC board Chairman Allen Amsler, her political
appointee, to give Georgia a hearing. DHEC approved the permit Nov. 10
with new promises on the table, including a 50-year pledge from Georgia
to pay for environmental mitigation.
Still, Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, said Haley acted
inappropriately. "You served," Lourie said to Pitts. "You know what it
means to pick up the phone and call an agency."
Lawmakers ready to fight
Charleston area legislators agreed Thursday to oppose a state water-
quality permit decision allowing the Georgia Ports Authority to deepen
the Savannah River, following hours of hearings in Mount Pleasant.
S.C. Ports Authority President Jim Newsome told the committee that
decisions about deepening rival ports are "absolutely" a competitive
issue, but he never had a discussion with the Department of Health and
Environmental Control about the Savannah River dredging. Georgia's plan
would allow the Port of Savannah to handle larger cargo ships.
Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, said the dredging would so deplete
the river of dissolved oxygen that machines would be needed to pump
oxygen into the water, like the devices used in fish tanks.
"I've never seen an environmental impact that so clearly merits denying a
permit," he said.
The committee also was told that the DHEC board overstepped its authority
by excluding the Savannah River Maritime Commission and the Department of
Natural Resources from the decision-making, and violated state law by
failing to consider alternatives to the dredging.
"I don't think this issue is going away any time soon," said Rep. Chip
Limehouse, R-Charleston, chairman of the county's delegation.
Haley decries 'political games'
Gov. Nikki Haley said the Legislature is playing political games while
she leads South Carolina with actions.
"Enough is enough," Haley said. "The political games are slowing our
state down at a time when we should be winning."
"We'll win, because I am in charge," she said. "But it sure would be a
lot better if I had a Legislature that would work with me."
Her comments came Thursday after a panel of senators concluded a fact-
finding mission and cleared the governor of allegations that she pulled
strings to help Georgia win a permit to dredge the Savannah River.
The concern is that the dredging will severely damage the river, wetlands
and aquatic life and put the Port of Charleston at a disadvantage.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control board --
appointed by Haley -- approved the permit Nov. 10. Haley counts packing
the DHEC board with business-friendly appointees as one of her
Haley said lawmakers sat idle for the past decade while Georgia added
distribution centers and infrastructure that helped the Savannah port
attract more container shipping than Charleston.
Environmental groups sue
The Southern Environmental Law Center on Thursday filed a challenge to a
South Carolina permit allowing the Georgia Ports Authority to dredge 38
miles of the Savannah River shipping lane to a depth of 48 feet.
The center is representing the Savannah Waterkeeper, Coastal Conservation
League and South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Additional challenges to
the Department of Health and Environmental Control board's water quality
decision are expected to follow.
Dana Beach, executive director of the Coastal Conservation League, said
it would make environmental and financial sense to deepen Charleston
Harbor instead of the Savannah River. The Savannah River dredging
threatens rare freshwater marshes and endangered short-nosed sturgeon, he
said, and would cost twice the taxpayer money as deepening the Charleston
"The worst outcome for taxpayers and our resources is to blindly approve
the most expensive and destructive project first," Beach said.
CURRENT ISSUES: 12/13/11 - TBA - 101 PORT SECURITY AWARENESS CLASS
12/13/11 - TBA PUBLIC HEARING ON THE HARBOR DEEPENING - MARK CLARK HALL
12/13 – 1700 – MONTHLY PILOT COMMISSION MEETING
12/15/11 - PM - PROPELLER CLUB - PORT HOLIDAY PARTY
12/20 – 1000 – MONTHLY SCSPA MEETING
1/26/12 - 0815 - NAV OPS MEETING
2/10/12 - ANNUAL PORT MEETING
2018 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED
SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
CURRENT HURRICANE STATUS - 5 / OFF SEASON
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with July 21, 2011.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 10 Low 1:02 AM 0.1 7:11 AM Set 7:09 AM 99
10 High 7:25 AM 5.9 5:14 PM Rise 5:27 PM
10 Low 1:49 PM 0.4
10 High 7:46 PM 4.9
Su 11 Low 1:42 AM 0.0 7:12 AM Set 7:59 AM 99
11 High 8:03 AM 6.0 5:14 PM Rise 6:22 PM
11 Low 2:27 PM 0.3
11 High 8:24 PM 4.8
M 12 Low 2:23 AM 0.0 7:13 AM Set 8:45 AM 98
12 High 8:40 AM 6.0 5:14 PM Rise 7:21 PM
12 Low 3:06 PM 0.3
12 High 9:02 PM 4.8
Tu 13 Low 3:04 AM 0.0 7:13 AM Set 9:27 AM 94
13 High 9:18 AM 5.9 5:14 PM Rise 8:21 PM
13 Low 3:46 PM 0.3
13 High 9:41 PM 4.8
W 14 Low 3:48 AM 0.0 7:14 AM Set 10:06 AM 89
14 High 9:57 AM 5.8 5:15 PM Rise 9:23 PM
14 Low 4:28 PM 0.2
14 High 10:25 PM 4.9
Th 15 Low 4:36 AM 0.1 7:15 AM Set 10:42 AM 82
15 High 10:41 AM 5.7 5:15 PM Rise 10:25 PM
15 Low 5:13 PM 0.2
15 High 11:15 PM 5.0
F 16 Low 5:30 AM 0.2 7:15 AM Set 11:17 AM 73
16 High 11:31 AM 5.6 5:15 PM Rise 11:28 PM
16 Low 6:02 PM 0.1
Sa 17 High 12:11 AM 5.1 7:16 AM Set 11:51 AM 62
17 Low 6:29 AM 0.3 5:16 PM
17 High 12:25 PM 5.4
17 Low 6:56 PM 0.1
Su 18 High 1:14 AM 5.3 7:16 AM Rise 12:32 AM 51
18 Low 7:34 AM 0.3 5:16 PM Set 12:26 PM
18 High 1:26 PM 5.2
18 Low 7:55 PM -0.1
M 19 High 2:19 AM 5.5 7:17 AM Rise 1:37 AM 40
19 Low 8:41 AM 0.3 5:17 PM Set 1:04 PM
19 High 2:29 PM 5.1
19 Low 8:55 PM -0.2
Tu 20 High 3:25 AM 5.8 7:17 AM Rise 2:44 AM 29
20 Low 9:47 AM 0.1 5:17 PM Set 1:46 PM
20 High 3:33 PM 5.1
20 Low 9:56 PM -0.4
W 21 High 4:28 AM 6.1 7:18 AM Rise 3:53 AM 19
21 Low 10:50 AM -0.1 5:18 PM Set 2:33 PM
21 High 4:36 PM 5.1
21 Low 10:55 PM -0.6
MARINE WEATHER: 400 AM EST FRI DEC 9 2011
.SYNOPSIS FOR MID ATLC WATERS...A COLD FRONT JUST E OF THE NRN
AND CENTRAL WATERS WILL BECOME STATIONARY ACROSS THE SRN WATERS
TODAY...PERSIST THROUGH SUN...THEN DISSIPATE MON. A HIGH PRES
RIDGE WILL PASS E OVER THE NRN AND CENTRAL WATERS TODAY. ANOTHER
COLD FRONT WILL PASS SE OVER THE NRN AND CENTRAL WATERS TONIGHT
INTO SAT...THEN MERGE WITH THE STATIONARY FRONT SAT NIGHT INTO
EARLY SUN. A LOW PRES TROUGH WILL FORM E OF THE AREA MON...THEN
EXPAND NORTHWARD TUE AS A WEAK LOW DEVELOPS N OF BERMUDA LATE
SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE
MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT.
CAPE FEAR TO 31N OUT TO 32N 73W TO 31N 74W
400 AM EST FRI DEC 9 2011
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...EXCEPT E OF 77W BECOMING
VARIABLE 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND
SHIFTING WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5
FT. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
WINDS BECOMING NE AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KT. SEAS
BUILDING TO 5 TO 8 FT. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
NE WINDS INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS BUILDING
TO 8 TO 12 FT. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
NE WINDS DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 25 KT LATE. SEAS 9 TO 13 FT.
WINDS BECOMING N TO NW 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 5
TO 9 FT.
N TO NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT...HIGHEST E. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.
|Notice posted on Friday, December 09, 2011|
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