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MARITIME ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Est. 1926

FOR THE MARITIME COMMERCE & LOGISTICS SECTOR



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  • Friday, April 21, 2023 11:25 AM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    Sexual misconduct that occurs onboard U.S. flagged vessels harms mariners, interrupts safe operations, and often leads to accidents, lost careers, and a lifetime of trauma for the survivors who endure the abuse. The Coast Guard is committed to investigating and pursuing appropriate enforcement actions for all reports of sexual misconduct on U.S. flagged vessels. This MSIB supersedes the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy’s MSIB 11-21 “Reporting Sexual Assaults on U.S. Vessels” issued on December 16, 2021.

    Recent changes to the law now require the responsible entity of a vessel, defined as the owner, master, or managing operator, to report any complaint or incident of harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual assault to the Coast Guard that violates company policy. To help facilitate reporting, the Coast Guard has consolidated reporting for all types of sexual misconduct and established multiple reporting options as detailed in the attached graphic.

    The reporting options include a CGIS Tips App, and/or the email address CGISTIPS@uscg.mil which can be used by all reporting sources, including bystanders and survivors, who have access to a smart phone or the internet. The reports, which can be anonymous or for attribution, are received and reviewed by the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS). An investigation will be initiated for all reports received and someone will provide follow-up communications with all reporting sources who provide contact information. The Coast Guard also maintains a 24/7 watch, which can field reports of sexual misconduct via the National Command Center (NCC) phone number at 202-372-2100. CGIS will leverage all available resources to immediately initiate a criminal investigation for a sexual crime occurring on a U.S. flagged vessel anywhere in the world. The Coast Guard will respond to any reports of sexual misconduct with trained investigators and will hold offenders accountable through criminal prosecution and/or actions against U.S. Coast Guard issued merchant mariner credentials (MMCs).

    If the responsible entity in charge of a U.S. flagged vessel makes a report, including providing detailed contact information for further follow-up, of a sexual misconduct incident through CGIS Tips, via the CGIS email at CGISTIPS@uscg.mil, or the NCC’s phone line the report will satisfy the reporting requirements of 46 U.S. Code § 10104(a).



  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 9:58 AM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    Starting May 1st, our Association will have a policy to charge a fee for no-shows in order to ensure that events are properly planned and executed.

    As a valued member of our association, we would like to remind you of the importance of attending events and honoring your commitments. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, and we are always willing to work with our members to find a suitable solution.

    However, in order to maintain the high standards of our association and ensure the success of future events, we will be implementing a fee for no-shows moving forward. This fee will be $25.00 and will be charged to the accounts of members who sign up for an event and then do not attend events without prior notice.

    We appreciate your understanding in this matter and look forward to your continued participation in our association. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 2:02 PM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    Dear Associate Members, 

    I am emailing you today with a call to action request from the Port.                The city’s Planning Commission and the City Council Community Development Committee will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, April 20, 3 pm at the Gaillard.

    The focus is on affordable housing specifically, so all comments should address affordable housing to be considered. We need the city to hear your support.

    Here’s how you can show your support: 

    • Write a comment to the planning commission mentioning affordable housing and the overall benefits of the plan. This will be part of the public record. 
    • Click this link: http://innovate.charleston-sc.gov/comments/.
    • From the drop-down menu, select Community Development Committee, April 20, 2023.
    • Scroll down to write a comment and submit. Comments must be submitted by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.
    Sign up to speak and attend the meeting to highlight the great opportunities with affordable housing and the overall benefits of the plan


    • Click this link: http://innovate.charleston-sc.gov/comments/
    • From the drop-down menu, select Community Development Committee, April 20, 2023.
    • Scroll down to “Sign up to speak.” You must register to speak by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.
    • The public meeting is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Gaillard Center Ballroom (2 George St.).

    Talking points to consider on affordable housing:

    As part of the redevelopment plan of Union Pier, the proposal has a multipronged, creative approach to provide more affordable and workforce housing in the city. The proposal includes building units on the site, building units throughout the city and establishing a fund that will support future affordable housing development in the future. The plan calls for creating more affordable housing on the peninsula and delivering units faster than if everything were to be on-site. 

    Details of the proposal, which is still a draft and open to feedback:

    • 50 units on Union Pier site
    • $16 million (half from SC Ports, half from future owner) for 77 units on Huger Street, a city housing initiative. (In addition, that donation allows the housing authority to expedite Meeting Street Manor, which would produce another 91 units.) - Build approximately 100 units on Port property where Palmetto Rail currently has its office (corner of Chapel and East Bay). SC ports would donate land and try to find a developer.
    • Create an ongoing revenue stream to support future affordable housing development by establishing a 1% transfer fee on future sales on the Union Pier site, which would go toward construction and maintenance for affordable housing on the peninsula. This would be administered by the city.
    • Please review the homepage of https://www.unionpiersc.com/ to learn more about the project overall.
    We ask for your partnership to move this project forward and support the effort to rebuild Union Pier into something beautiful for our city and for generations to come. 


     Regards,

     Bradley J. Kerr                                                                                       Chairman of the Board of Directors                                                         Maritime Association of South Carolina


  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 1:44 PM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    Join us on the Charleston Princess for a harbor tour with the team at Charleston Tours & Events on June 7. 

    More details and registration will be released soon. 



  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 1:29 PM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    SECTOR CHARLESTON 

    The Atlantic Hurricane Season will begin June 1, 2023, and run through November 30, 2023. During this  timeframe, the threat of severe weather is increased and the assigned Port Condition (PORTCON) will remain PORTCON IV. Port Status will remain OPEN for all ports and waterways within the Sector Charleston Captain  of the Port (COTP) Zone. These waters are identified in 33 CFR 3.35-15 and lie between the intersection of the  North Carolina – South Carolina border and the northern bank of the Savannah River.  

    In the event of forecasted tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or greater) from a tropical  cyclone, the Sector Charleston COTP will coordinate with the Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) to  evaluate port preparation and changes in PORTCON. 

    The HWAG consists of marine transportation system (MTS) professionals local to the Sector Charleston COTP  Zone, providing input on local operations and coordination for overall port well-being in response to severe  weather events. 

    The COTP will announce changes to PORTCONs via a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) and a  Broadcast Notice to Mariners when forecasted tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or  greater) from a tropical cyclone threaten South Carolina. In the event of forecasted severe weather, the below  PORTCON timeline will be utilized. 

    Port Condition (PORTCON) Timeline in Preparation and Recovery from Tropical Storm Force Winds


    Hurricane  Seasonal Alert:  1 JUN - 30 NOV 

    PORTCON WHISKEY through ZULU represent preparatory  phases prior to tropical storm force winds. These PORTCONs  may be used in a tiered approach without utilizing all four,  and stipulate safety measures suitable for the storm’s severity. 

    Landfall 

    PORTCON RECOVERY is utilized  following the departure of any storm  driven threats and may follow any of  the preparatory phased PORTCONS. 

    *2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Charleston COTP Zone* 

    To provide greater flexibility in assessing PORTCONs for the entire geographic region of the Charleston COTP  Zone, the Area of Response (AOR) has been divided into the following areas: 

    Northern AOR – McClellanville, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, and Little River 

    Charleston AOR – Charleston Harbor 

    Southern AOR – Port Royal, Hilton Head, and Beaufort 

    Pending storm severity and as appropriate, the following safety measures will be implemented: 

    PORTCON WHISKEY: Port Status is OPEN. All vessel and port facilities shall exercise due diligence in  preparation for potential storm impacts. All oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than  500 gross tons are to review plans for departing the port 24 hours prior to the storm’s arrival. Vessels unable to  depart within this timeframe must immediately contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston and submit a written safe  mooring plan with proof of facility owner/operator approval to charlestonwaterways@uscg.mil for review by the  COTP. Submittal does not guarantee COTP acceptance. 

    Vessels bound for this port, which are unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall, are  advised to seek an alternate destination. 

    Slow-moving vessels may be ordered to depart to ensure safe avoidance of the incoming storm upon the  anticipation of setting PORTCON X-Ray. The Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) will make  recommendations to the COTP to identify vessels that may need to be diverted to ensure port safety. 

    Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Commercial vessel operators authorized by the COTP to remain  inside the Charleston COTP Zone, and recreational boat owners, should ensure their vessels are secure at berth  and will not pose a hazard to surrounding vessels, the navigable channel, or the environment. 

    Mariners are reminded that drawbridges may not operate when sustained wind speeds reach 25 mph or when an  evacuation is in progress. 

    Facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plan and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare  for the forecasted conditions. Ports and waterfront facilities shall consider removing all debris and securing  potential flying hazards. Container stacking plans should be implemented. Waterfront facilities that are unable to  reduce container stacking height to no more than 4 high must submit a container stacking protocol to the COTP. 

    PORTCON X-RAY: Port status is OPEN. In addition to safety measures outlined in PORTCON Whiskey, all  oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons are to finalize plans for  departing the port prior to the storm's arrival. These vessels shall depart immediately upon the setting of  PORTCON Yankee. During PORTCON X-Ray, slow-moving vessels may be ordered to depart to ensure safe  avoidance of the incoming storm. A COTP Order will be issued to vessels asked to depart early. COTP orders  requiring vessel departure will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

    Vessels unable to depart within this timeframe must immediately contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston and  submit a written safe mooring plan with proof of facility owner/operator approval to charlestonwaterways@uscg.milfor review by the COTP. Submittal does not guarantee COTP acceptance. 

    Vessels with the COTP's permission to remain in port must implement their pre-approved mooring arrangement. All vessels and port facilities shall consider ensuring potential flying debris is removed or secured. Hazardous 

    materials/pollution hazards should be secured in a safe manner and away from waterfront areas. Facilities should  continue to implement container stacking protocols. Containers should not exceed 4 tiers, unless previously  approved by the COTP. Containers carrying hazardous materials may not be stacked above 2 tiers. Terminal  operators should prepare to terminate all cargo operations. 

    The COTP may require additional precautions to ensure the safety of the ports and waterways. Coast Guard Port Assessment Teams may deploy to validate implementation of PORTCON X-Ray. 

    PORTCON Yankee: Port Status is OPEN w/RESTRICTIONS. The applicable coastal South Carolina ports of  (Little River, Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, McClellanville, Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head, and/or Port Royal) are open to outbound vessel traffic only. Commercial inbound vessels are restricted from entering the port, and  are advised to seek an alternate destination unless expressly authorized by the COTP or a designated  representative. 

    In addition to safety measures outlined in PORTCON X-Ray, all oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing  barges greater than 500 gross tons currently in port are to make preparations to get underway at this time. Vessels  authorized by the COTP to remain in port shall, in accordance with their safe mooring plan, take appropriate  precautionary measures to secure their vessels. 

    Facilities are to follow their heavy weather plans and consider taking all necessary precautions to adequately  prepare for forecasted conditions. Such precautions include: appropriate container stacking protocols, moving  cargo within or off the port for securing purposes, crane and other port/facility equipment preparations, and/or  termination of cargo operations not associated with storm preparations. All facilities shall continue to operate in  accordance with approved Facility Security Plans and comply with the requirements of the Maritime  Transportation Security Act (MTSA). 

    Coast Guard Port Assessment Teams may conduct PORTCON Yankee validation. 

    PORTCON Zulu: Port Status is CLOSED. All port waterfront operations and vessel movements are suspended  except final preparations previously approved by the COTP in which are necessary to ensure the safety of the port  and facilities. 

    Commercial vessel operators and owners of recreational boats remaining in port are responsible for ensuring their  vessels are secured at berth and will not pose a hazard to surrounding vessels, the navigable channel, or the  environment. 

    Coast Guard Port Assessment Teams may conduct final port assessments. 

    PORTCON Recovery: Port Status is CLOSED or OPEN w/RESTRICTIONS. Threatening winds (34 kts/39  mph) are no longer a threat to the area; however, damage may have occurred and response/recovery operations  are in progress. 

    If damage has occurred and has compromised the safe navigation of vessel movements, the Port Status is  CLOSED. All port waterfront operations and vessel movements are suspended to ensure the safety of the port  and facilities.

    PORTCON IV: Port status is OPEN. All related restrictions are lifted. 

    Due to potential effects throughout coastal South Carolina, mariners are urged to transit with caution considering  the possibility of Aids to Navigation discrepancies or other hazards to navigation. If discovered, please report any  of these issues to the United States Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s Command Center. 

    **To better facilitate storm preparedness, oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons that anticipate remaining in port for the duration of hurricane season are urged to submit their safe mooring plans to  charlestonwaterways@uscg.mil by May 15th, 2023. Guidance for vessel mooring plans may be found under  the Waterways Management tab at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.** 

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns  regarding this MSIB, please contact the Sector Charleston 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-3184.



  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 1:28 PM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    The competition is on!

    Get ready for the 2023 Waterfront Olympics, which will be held on Saturday, May 20.  Gates open at 9 am and the fun begins at 10 am with the Parade of Champions.

    There will be competitions and events for everyone, so bring your family and friends! Team nicknames, apparel, and cheers are encouraged.




  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 1:26 PM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    You are invited to attend The Charleston Soirée.

    Join CWIT to celebrate their Woman of the Year and Scholarship Recipients on Tuesday, May 2.

    Tickets & event sponsorship info can be found at the link below.

    https://www.cwitsc.org/new.../2023/5/2/the-charleston-soiree



  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023 3:57 PM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    The mission of the KPI Blue and Gray Golf Classics is to raise proceeds for the U.S Merchant Marine Academy and its Department of Athletics and Physical Education.

    Their Charleston event is May 3.

    Their strategy is to raise funds and build relationships by conducting professional, organized golf tournaments that attract members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy community, including alumni, parents, family, friends, and maritime industry members.


    Details here:  https://www.usmmaalumni.com/s/1860/golf/18/interior.aspx?sid=1860&gid=2&pgid=1072




  • Monday, April 17, 2023 11:40 AM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

     The I-526 @ Long Point Road Interchange Improvements Project will be held on May 2 from 4-7 pm at Mount Pleasant Town Hall. You can view the public hearing webpage for the I-526 @ Long Point Road Interchange Improvements project now (www.526LCCLongPoint.com/publichearing) and make a comment through May 17, 2023. Our webpage includes ALL materials and ways to participate in the public hearing both virtually and in-person. Material disponible en ingles y español. 
     

    What you can expect to see at the public hearing (online and in-person): 

    • Environmental Assessment
    • Traffic Analysis and Screening Process
    • Recommended Preferred Alternative (retains existing operations at Belle Hall Parkway)
    • Completed Noise Analysis 
    • Potential Right-of-Way Impacts
    • Opportunity to voice YOUR input!

    How to attend:
    In-person 
    Tuesday, May 2, 2023 | 4-7 PM | Mount Pleasant Town Hall |
    100 Ann Edwards Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC

    View materials and ask questions from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Formal presentation and verbal comment session begins at 6:00 pm. To make an in-person or virtual verbal comment during the public hearing on May 2, 2023, you must sign up by 5:55pm on May 2. You can do this in-person at the hearing or on the website.

    Online - Available Now! 
    ALL public hearing materials are available on our website. You may also participate in the formal verbal comment session on May 2, 2023 by signing up to make a verbal comment virtually through Zoom or simply watching the meeting on our website.
    You do not need to sign up in advance to watch the video on our website.

    A mailed copy of the handout may be requested by calling 843.258.1135 or emailing info@526LowcountryCorridor.com. Persons with disabilities who may require accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.


  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023 5:38 AM | Rebecca Collett (Administrator)

    We would like to invite our members to get more involved with our organization. We have several committees that make up the organization. These committees help with everything from planning events to setting our speaker schedules. 

    Contact staff to get plugged in. 

    We have an immediate need for members on the Nav/Ops Committee. John Cameron is the Chairman for the quarterly meeting of this committee. This team will have input on looking for programming, topics, and speakers in advance. 

    We are also looking for people to join our Legislative Committee. This committee works on legislative issues impacting the maritime community and engages our lawmakers when needed. 

    Legislative Committee Charter:

    Purpose: The role of the Legislative Committee (the “Committee”) is to seek opportunities and/or threats to the Association membership and advise the MASC Board of Directors on the appropriate stance to take that will strategically position the Association and its members in the best situation.

    Scope: The Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to stay engaged with elected officials to remain current with issues (rules, regulations, etc) that can have an impact on the maritime and supply chain industry.

    Specific Tasks: The Committee will track issues that impact the Association membership, recommend a position/action, find opportunities to engage with elected officials and collaborate with the Waterfront Collective and other industry groups on issues as appropriate.

    Agendas: Meetings will be held at least quarterly. Agendas will be provided as a read-ahead to all attendees no less than one day prior to each meeting. Meetings will be limited to one hour. Meeting notes will include documentation of key points made (decisions, positions, agreements), documentation of action items and office/person of primary responsibility, draft agenda items for next meeting, and issues for higher resolution. Meeting notes will be taken by Committee members and distributed to all Association members immediately following each meeting. Additionally, the Committee Chair will provide briefings to the MASC Board of Directors.

    Deliverables: The Committee will establish a pipeline to identify, prioritize, and establish a timeline for the work effort associated with Committee responsibilities. This pipeline will be shared with the Board of Directors and subsequently followed for development of identified deliverables. The pipeline shall be maintained regularly, and the most current version shall be included in the quarterly briefings.

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