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  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY SAFETY ZONE

    HORRY COUNTY, SC

    The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has established a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River from Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) statue mile 375 near Enterprise Landing and AICW statue mile 366 near Fantasy Island Bridge, and along the Waccamaw River between Sandy Island and Barefoot Landing. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless vessels proceed at speeds that do not create a wake. State and Federal authorities have determined that wakes from vessels transiting the area create increased hazards associated with high waters present in the area.

    This rule is effective from August 4, 2020, through August 18, 2020, or until waters recede and conditions allow for safe navigation, whichever occurs first. The duration of the safety zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment while this area experiences high water conditions.

    For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.


  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    SECTOR CHARLESTON

    PORT CONDITION 4

    At 0800 EST on August 4, 2020, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston set Port Condition 4 for coastal South Carolina. Ports are open and all Hurricane Isaias related restrictions are lifted.

    Due to potential effects from Hurricane Isaias 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.

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions please contact (843) 323-7761.

    For Facility and Vessel specific questions contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009.

    For Coast Guard related emergencies please contact Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.


  • Monday, August 03, 2020 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    SECTOR CHARLESTON

    PORT CONDITION ZULU

    At 0800 EST on August 3, 2020 Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston, South Carolina set Port Condition ZULU for coastal South Carolina. Threatening winds (34 kts/39 mph) from (tropical storm/hurricane name as appropriate) are possible along the coast of South Carolina within 12 hours.

    Port Status: CLOSED. All port waterfront operations 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.

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions please contact (843) 323-7761.

    For Facility and Vessel specific questions contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009.

    For Coast Guard related emergencies please contact Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.


  • Sunday, August 02, 2020 5:27 PM | Anonymous
    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    SECTOR CHARLESTON

    PORT CONDITION YANKEE

    At 1600 EST on August 2, 2020 Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston, South Carolina set Port Condition YANKEE for coastal South Carolina. Threatening winds (34 kts/39 mph) from Hurricane Isaias are possible along the coast of South Carolina within 24 hours.

    Port Status: Coastal South Carolina ports 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 Charleston or a designated representative.

    All oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons currently in port should 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 shall follow their approved heavy weather plan and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the forecasted conditions. Appropriate container stacking protocols must be finalized.

    Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Commercial vessel operators authorized by COTP to remain inside Sector Charleston’s Harbor’s, and recreational boat owners, should ensure their vessels are secure at berth and will not pose a hazard to surrounding vessels 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.

    Port Condition ZULU will be set within 12 hours of expected tropical storm force winds. Future Port Conditions are set contingent upon the storm’s course and speed. Should the storm increase in forward speed, Condition ZULU may be set sooner.

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions please contact (843) 323-7761.

    For Facility and Vessel specific questions contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009.

    For Coast Guard related emergencies please contact Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.


  • Saturday, August 01, 2020 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    U. S. Coast Guard MSIB Number: 20-20


    SECTOR CHARLESTON

    PORT CONDITION X-RAY

    At 1400 EST on August 1, 2020 Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston, South Carolina set Port Condition X-RAY for coastal South Carolina. Threatening winds (34 kts/39 mph) from Hurricane Isaias are possible along the coast of South Carolina within 48 hours.

    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. Vessels unable to depart within this timeframe must immediately contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston and submit a written safe mooring plan to be reviewed and accepted by the COTP. 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.

    Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Commercial vessel operators authorized by the COTP to remain inside Sector Charleston’s harbors, 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.

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 323-7761.

    For Facility and Vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009.

    For maritime related emergencies, please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.


  • Friday, July 31, 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    U. S. Coast Guard MSIB Number: 19-20


    PORT CONDITION WHISKEY

    At 1400 EST on July 31, 2020 Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston, South

    Carolina set Port Condition WHISKEY for coastal South Carolina. Threatening winds (34 kts/39

    mph) from Hurricane Isaias are possible along the coast of South Carolina within 72 hours.

    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 to be reviewed and accepted by the COTP. 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.

    Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Commercial vessel operators authorized by the

    COTP to remain inside Sector Charleston’s harbors, 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.

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions, please contact

    (843) 323-7761.

    For Facility and Vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009.

    For maritime related emergencies, please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843)

    740-7050.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston


  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    USACE NAV/OPS Report

    23 July 2020

    CHARLESTON HARBOR POST 45:

    -Entrance Channel Contract 1:  GLDD hopper dredging to resume next hopper season.

    -Entrance Channel Contract 2: GLDD Cutter Suction dredge TEXAS has finished dredging in AS 1.  TEXAS moved to AS 6 to join Cutter Suction dredge CAROLINE to complete dredging in AS 6, then both dredges will move to AS7. 

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Wando Welch Terminal (WWT):  Norfolk Dredging dredges ATLANTIC and VIRGINIAN continue dredging New Work material in AS 6, Lower Wando Reach and AS 8 Wando River Turning Basin.  

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Hugh Leatherman Terminal (HLT):  Contract advertised 07 JUL 20.  Award scheduled 28 AUG 20

    -Upper Harbor Contract:  Contract solicitation scheduled for 30 JUL 20.  Award scheduled 25 SEP 20.

    CHARLESTON HARBOR O&M:

    -FY19 CHARLESTON HARBOR UPPEER REACHES O&M:  Dredging complete.

    JBC:

    - FY20 JOINT BASE CHARLESTON DREDGING:  Contract solicitation scheduled for 24 JUL 20.  Award scheduled 14 SEP 20.

    AIWW:

    -FY18 AIWW CRITICAL SHOAL DREDGING WINYAH BAY TO CHARLESTON:  Goodloe continues dredging in Shoal 7 Jeremy Creek.


    From Scott Glass

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