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Subject:CHARLESTON SC DAILY PORT UPDATE
Date:Wednesday, December 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 - NAVIG8 SUCCESS - ETA 1/5/2012
ARIS - ETA 1/8/2012

VETERANS TERMINAL - CHRYSSA K - ETA 1600/21ST

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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:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2011

SC Ports Authority Suspends Jasper Funding, Sets Path Forward

Charleston, SC - The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board today said
deepening of the Savannah River up to the future Jasper Ocean Terminal
should be an alternative to the currently proposed deepening project. Until
that happens, it has suspended future funding related to the Jasper Ocean
Terminal and set out a path for the two states to get the project back on
track.

At its regular monthly meeting, the SCPA board discussed how the proposed
Savannah River deepening project would be insufficient to handle the larger
container ships that already call the U.S. East Coast and that are expected
to increase with the expansion of the Panama Canal.

"The proposed Savannah River deepening was probably fine when first
conceived in 1999, but today's global shipping environment requires more,"
said Bill Stern, chairman of the SCPA.

He noted that a 50-foot deep channel has emerged as the minimum standard
for the post-Panamax world in other East Coast ports - including New York,
Baltimore, Norfolk and Miami - but the Savannah River would fall short even
after deepening.

For some time Stern and others have warned that the proposed Savannah River
deepening project could severely delay or even kill the prospects for a
terminal in Jasper.

"It's a bad deal for the taxpayer to spend billions of dollars for a new
Jasper Ocean Terminal on a last generation river," said Stern. "That means
another deepening project, beyond the one currently being reviewed, would
be required."

The Board concluded that it is not feasible to build a multi-billion-dollar
Jasper Ocean Terminal under current and proposed conditions, voting to
suspend funding related to the project.

To realize a terminal in Jasper, Stern called on Georgia to join with South
Carolina in requesting that the Corps consider dredging to the Jasper site
as an alternative in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, noting that
such a project would cost much less and generate significantly fewer
environmental impacts.

The SCPA will also seek to amend the intergovernmental agreement between
the states, detailing specific actions required to help the Jasper Ocean
Terminal.

Changes would include releasing the 50-year Federal easements on the entire
site, sharing equally the costs of infrastructure to the site, determining
the navigational capacity of the Savannah River and ensuring equal,
dual-rail access from both major railroads.

"I hope our neighbors in Georgia share our long-term commitment to a Jasper
Ocean Terminal and work with South Carolina to ensure its future," Stern said.

The Board also took other actions at its meeting today in Charleston:

1) Strategic Plan Update - Approved an update to its Strategic Plan,
reflecting changes in the global economy, the container shipping industry
and the Atlantic Coast port industry. The three-month effort resulted in a
focus on four key strategic issues:
• Cargo Growth - grow and diversify business with a multi-tiered approach
• Infrastructure Development - modernize and expand, including
fast-tracking harbor deepening, developing the new Navy Base Container
Terminal and maximizing use of existing terminals
• Productivity & Efficiency - enhance productivity and cost competitiveness
through new systems and programs
• Financial Sustainability - remain self-sufficient and fund capital
investment program
2) New TOS - Approved an $11.9-million contract for HITT Contracting of
North Charleston to install infrastructure related to a new terminal
operating system (TOS) at the Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals.
Implementation of the Navis SPARCS N4 TOS will improve customer service,
increase efficiency and enhance cargo visibility.

3) Engineering for New Cranes - Approved a $1.2-million contract with Shaw
GBB of Mobile for engineering consulting services related to the purchase
four new super-post-Panamax container cranes for the North Charleston
Terminal.

4) Personnel Actions - Approved a new organizational structure and related
personnel actions to better align the organization with its strategic
priorities. Four senior vice presidents include: Paul McClintock, chief
commercial officer; Bill McLean, chief operating officer; Peter Hughes,
chief financial officer; and Barbara Melvin, external affairs.

November Volume Update

Results in the container business segment continue to reflect some weakness
in the U.S. economy. Container volume in the Port of Charleston totaled
112,431 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in November, up 1.5 percent from
November 2010. Fiscal year-to-date (Jul-Nov) totaled 579,449 TEU, down
slightly (0.82 percent) from same five months last year.

"While we are tracking well with other U.S. ports, we are in a flat
economic environment," SCPA President & CEO Jim Newsome stated.

While container business remains relatively flat, other cargo segments
remain healthy. The SCPA's non-container business is up nearly 54 percent
in FY2011, totaling 556,800 tons compared to 362,011 tons the year prior.
These results came despite a 26 percent decline in November.

The Port of Georgetown is leading the increase in non-container business
this year, more than doubling from last year to 207,540 tons. Breakbulk,
bulk and ro-ro business through the SCPA's terminals in Charleston was
349,260 tons July-November, up 30 percent from last year.

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CURRENT ISSUES: NONE

FUTURE/ONGOING ISSUES:
1/17/12 – 1145 – CWIT monthly luncheon
1/26/12 - 0815 - NAV OPS MEETING
2/10/12 - ANNUAL PORT MEETING
2018 - ETA FOR NEW CHARLESTON PORT TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED

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SECURITY LEVEL: MARSEC 1
CURRENT HURRICANE STATUS - 5 / OFF SEASON

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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

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

Th 22 High 5:28 AM 6.4 7:18 AM Rise 5:01 AM 11
22 Low 11:48 AM -0.3 5:18 PM Set 3:27 PM
22 High 5:36 PM 5.2
22 Low 11:52 PM -0.8

F 23 High 6:25 AM 6.5 7:19 AM Rise 6:06 AM 4
23 Low 12:43 PM -0.5 5:19 PM Set 4:26 PM
23 High 6:32 PM 5.3

Sa 24 Low 12:47 AM -0.9 7:19 AM Rise 7:06 AM 1
24 High 7:18 AM 6.6 5:19 PM Set 5:30 PM
24 Low 1:34 PM -0.6
24 High 7:26 PM 5.4

Su 25 Low 1:39 AM -0.9 7:20 AM Rise 7:59 AM 0
25 High 8:09 AM 6.5 5:20 PM Set 6:35 PM
25 Low 2:24 PM -0.6
25 High 8:17 PM 5.3

M 26 Low 2:29 AM -0.7 7:20 AM Rise 8:45 AM 1
26 High 8:58 AM 6.3 5:20 PM Set 7:40 PM
26 Low 3:11 PM -0.5
26 High 9:07 PM 5.3

Tu 27 Low 3:18 AM -0.5 7:21 AM Rise 9:24 AM 5
27 High 9:44 AM 6.1 5:21 PM Set 8:42 PM
27 Low 3:57 PM -0.3
27 High 9:55 PM 5.2

W 28 Low 4:06 AM -0.2 7:21 AM Rise 9:59 AM 11
28 High 10:29 AM 5.7 5:22 PM Set 9:42 PM
28 Low 4:42 PM -0.1
28 High 10:43 PM 5.0

Th 29 Low 4:54 AM 0.2 7:21 AM Rise 10:31 AM 19
29 High 11:14 AM 5.4 5:22 PM Set 10:39 PM
29 Low 5:26 PM 0.1
29 High 11:31 PM 4.9

F 30 Low 5:44 AM 0.5 7:22 AM Rise 11:01 AM 27
30 High 11:59 AM 5.0 5:23 PM Set 11:34 PM
30 Low 6:11 PM 0.3

Sa 31 High 12:20 AM 4.8 7:22 AM Rise 11:31 AM 36
31 Low 6:36 AM 0.8 5:24 PM
31 High 12:46 PM 4.7
31 Low 6:57 PM 0.4

Su 1 High 1:14 AM 4.8 7:22 AM Set 12:29 AM 46
1 Low 7:33 AM 1.0 5:24 PM Rise 12:01 PM
1 High 1:37 PM 4.5
1 Low 7:46 PM 0.5

M 2 High 2:07 AM 4.8 7:22 AM Set 1:23 AM 55
2 Low 8:31 AM 1.0 5:25 PM Rise 12:33 PM
2 High 2:29 PM 4.4
2 Low 8:37 PM 0.5

Tu 3 High 3:00 AM 4.9 7:22 AM Set 2:17 AM 65
3 Low 9:28 AM 1.0 5:26 PM Rise 1:08 PM
3 High 3:23 PM 4.3
3 Low 9:28 PM 0.4

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OFFSHORE WEATHER FORECAST

Synopsis...A COLD FRONT WILL STALL OUT WEST OF THE AREA THROUGH THURSDAY.
LOW PRESSURE WILL DRAG THE FRONT INTO THE AREA LATE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
BEFORE LIFTING BACK TO THE NORTH SUNDAY.
This Afternoon...S winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming SW 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5
ft. Isolated showers.

Tonight...SW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft...subsiding to 3 to 4 ft
after midnight.

Thu...S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Thu Night...S winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming SW 15 to 20 kt after midnight.
Seas 3 to 4 ft...building to 4 to 5 ft after midnight.

Fri...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft... Subsiding to 3 to 4 ft in the
afternoon. A chance of showers.

Fri Night...W winds 10 kt...becoming N after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A
chance of showers.

Sat...N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers.

Sat Night...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers.

Sun...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.

Sun Night...NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.
Notice posted on Wednesday, December 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.