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  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:40 PM | Anonymous

    USACE NAV/OPS Report

    23 January 2020

    CHARLESTON HARBOR POST 45:

    -Entrance Channel Contract 1:  GLDD hopper dredge Terrapin Island dredging AS-4.

    -Entrance Channel Contract 2:  GLDD hopper dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island dredging maintenance material in AS-6. Hopper Dredge Ellis Island working in AS-1.

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Wando Welch Terminal (WWT):  Norfolk Dredging bucket dredges Atlantic and Virginian dredging new work material in Wando River reaches.

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Hugh Leatherman Terminal (HLT): Solicitation pending revisions to Project Partnership Agreement.

    -Upper Harbor Contract:  Southern Dredging has completed Shoal 8 Ordnance Reach Turning Basin and TC Dock.  Dredge Brunswick has been released to Savannah and Dredge Cherokee is schedule to arrive by 1 FEB 20 to begin Shoal 7 Ordnance Reach.

    CHARLESTON HARBOR O&M:

    -FY19 CHARLESTON HARBOR UPPEER REACHES O&M:  Southern Dredging has mobilized.  Options for Shipyard River and TC Dock awarded.  BD surveys for Shoal 7 Ordnance Reach, Shoal 8 Ordnance Reach Turning Basin and TC Dock complete.

    AIWW:

    -FY18 AIWW CRITICAL SHOAL DREDGING WINYAH BAY TO CHARLESTON: Goodloe has completed Shoal 6 Matthews Cut.  Dredge has been released to Wilmington.  Anticipate return of dredges in March to complete the project. 

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  • Friday, January 17, 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous

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    SC Ports CEO honored for advancing SC manufacturing

    CHARLESTON, SC — JAN. 17, 2020 — S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome received the prestigious Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award for his enduring support of South Carolina’s manufacturing industry.

    The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) honored Newsome during an awards dinner Thursday in Greenville for his “extraordinary contributions, commitment and leadership in ensuring South Carolina’s manufacturing industry remains strong for generations.”   

    Recipients are chosen based on their efforts to advance the state’s manufacturing sector. Mark Propst, who recently retired after 38 years with The Timken Co., also received the award.

     

    “The manufacturing industry has a real and meaningful impact in enhancing the quality of life for all South Carolinians,” SCMA Chairman Max Metcalf said. “The Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award honors individuals whose values and commitment for excellence lead to economic success and more prosperous communities.”   

     

    Newsome has served as CEO of S.C. Ports for the past decade. During his tenure, he has successfully pursued vital infrastructure projects, significantly grown port operations and doubled cargo volumes. He has worked to ensure the Port of Charleston remains globally competitive and a top 10 U.S. container port.

     

    “S.C. Ports offers reliable operations for companies needing to move cargo between South Carolina and global markets,” SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern said. “The Port is a crucial asset for South Carolina as many of our state’s biggest economic development wins would not have come to fruition without the Port. Jim’s excellent leadership abilities at the Port have made a tremendous impact on South Carolina.”

     

    The continued growth of S.C. Ports and the success of South Carolina’s advanced manufacturing sector go hand in hand.

     

    S.C.’s advanced manufacturing employment and port cargo volumes have doubled in step over the past decade, according to a new study from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. This signifies that there has been a virtual one-to-one relationship between the growth rate of the state’s manufacturing sector and SCPA activity, data show.

     

    S.C. Ports has expertise in moving goods for manufacturers who operate just-in-time production facilities, ensuring that companies receive the materials they need and that finished products quickly reach customers around the world.

    BMW Manufacturing Co., Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volvo Cars, Michelin, Continental Tire, Bridgestone, Bosch and Timken are among the many S.C. manufacturers relying on S.C. Ports every day.

    “S.C. Ports is one of South Carolina’s most vital resources,” said Joey Von Nessen, the study author and research economist at USC. “S.C. Ports Authority supports manufacturers as they invest in South Carolina. This ultimately leads to new jobs and higher wages, as well as disposable income being spent in communities and the recruitment of suppliers — all of which propels S.C.’s economy forward.”

     

    S.C. Ports’ impressive growth was achieved while Newsome also focused on cultivating a great culture that values people and rewards adaptability.

     

    “Jim has a great ability to encourage all those around him to challenge themselves to get to ‘yes’ when new opportunities arise,” S.C. Ports Authority COO Barbara Melvin said. “It is much easier to say ‘no,’ but saying ‘yes’ requires tenacity, creativity and innovation. This mindset is critical to serving the needs of the booming manufacturing sector that continually dominates South Carolina and the Southeast.”

    About South Carolina Ports Authority

    South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.



  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    News & Notes January 9, 2020


    Port News

    Congress, President Trump Approve $138 Million for Harbor Deepening Project (Metro CAE)

    Southeast Ports Big Winners in 2019 Due to Shift in Container Imports (Freightwaves)

    Traffic Jam on the Illinois Waterway: Tugboats Are Busy Through the Holidays (WSJ)


    Steamship/Pilot

    Festive Boost for Container Lines as Tighter Supply Pushes Up Spot Rates (Loadstar)

    Oil Firms Tighten Security After US Strike on Iranian Commander (WSJ)

    Cosco Vessel Catches Fire (Port Tech)

    Tankers Flock to US as Freight Rates Surge (Marine Link)


    Truck/Rail

    Fleetwood Transportation Closing Its Doors After 63 Years (Lufkindaily)

    Banks Own Thousands of Rail Cars But Don’t Know What to Do With Them (WSJ)

    NFI Trucking Expands To Southeast by Adding  G & P (Philadelphia Observer)

    Drop Trailers: What’s Old is New Again (Supply Chain)

    Class 1 Railroads Embrace PSR to Mixed Results (Supply Chain)


    Logistics/Supply Chain

    China to Lower Tariffs on Hundreds of Products January 1 (Supply Chain)

    Global Shippers Forum Signal Pushback on IMO 2020 Surcharges (Maritime Exec)


    How to obtain NOAA ENC-based paper nautical charts after NOAA ends production of traditional paper charts

    Contact:

    Kristen Crossett, 301-325-2113

    Recently, NOAA announced the start of a five-year process to end traditional paper nautical chart production. While NOAA is sunsetting its traditional nautical chart products, it is undertaking a major effort to improve the data consistency and provide larger scale coverage within its electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) product suite. Over the next five years, NOAA will work to ease the transition to ENC-based products, such as providing access to paper chart products based on ENC data. The online NOAA Custom Chart prototype application enables users to create their own charts from the latest NOAA ENC data. Users may define the scale and paper size of custom-made nautical charts centered on a position of their choosing. Users may then download, view, and print the output. The application is an easy way to create a paper or digital backup for electronic chart systems.

    This webcast will provide an overview of the sunsetting process and a live demonstration of the NOAA Custom Chart prototype, including a discussion of the improvements that are planned for the prototype.

    Date and time: Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. (EST)
    How to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7410207397804043779

    NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation's nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation. 


    DHS CISA Report                                                         01.07.20

    Currently no threat to the homeland!

    Overview of threat:

    Iran, China, Russia, North Korea (Big 4)

    They are using cyber technics. They have invested in necessities for espionage in steeling property.

    Recently showing capabilities in social influences to further their national interest.

    Iran pushing pro-Iran and anti-US in social media.

    This is the perfect opportunity to get in the middle of the fight for other Actors.

    Islamic revolutionary Guard & Taron involved.

    Historical examples:

    Golf with wiper attacks and malware. Read June 22nd Alert.

    2011-2013 Iranian Actors attacked US banks

    Aug 2013- Damn in NY- IT, Corporate and Industrial Central System

    2014- Las Vegas- data breach

    2013-2017 Iranian launch cyber theft campaign (IRG ) against federal agencies

    Nov 18-   Department of Justice - Sam/Sam Ransomware for financial-ware

    Guidance: CISA.gov

    CISA Insite – What they know about the Actors, and steps you can take right now. (Executive level quick doct)

    CISA Cyber Activity Alert- Iranian Cyber Response- Includes the Iranian attack, their techniques, the detection and mitigations (Technical doct)

    National Terrorism Advisory

    Action guides (range of resources)

    Comments & Questions ……..                       Cisaservicedesk@cisa.dhs.gov 








  • Monday, January 06, 2020 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    January 2, 2020

    Contact:

    Kristen Crossett, 301-325-2113

    Join us for our next NOAA Nav-cast, a quarterly webinar series that highlights the tools and trends of NOAA navigation services.

    How to obtain NOAA ENC-based paper nautical charts after NOAA ends production of traditional paper charts

    Recently, NOAA announced the start of a five-year process to end traditional paper nautical chart production. While NOAA is sunsetting its traditional nautical chart products, it is undertaking a major effort to improve the data consistency and provide larger scale coverage within its electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) product suite. Over the next five years, NOAA will work to ease the transition to ENC-based products, such as providing access to paper chart products based on ENC data. The online NOAA Custom Chart prototype application enables users to create their own charts from the latest NOAA ENC data. Users may define the scale and paper size of custom-made nautical charts centered on a position of their choosing. Users may then download, view, and print the output. The application is an easy way to create a paper or digital backup for electronic chart systems.

    This webcast will provide an overview of the sunsetting process and a live demonstration of the NOAA Custom Chart prototype, including a discussion of the improvements that are planned for the prototype.

    Date and time: Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. (EST)
    How to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7410207397804043779

    NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation's nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation.   

     

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  • Monday, December 23, 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    Congress, President Trump approve $138 million

    for Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

    Charleston Harbor is on track to have a depth of 52 feet in 2021. (Photo/SCPA)

    CHARLESTON, SC – DEC. 20, 2019 – The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project reached a monumental milestone today with President Donald Trump signing the FY2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill into law, officially greenlighting $138 million for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project .

    President Trump included the $138 million in the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget earlier this year, making the project eligible for direct appropriations by Congress for the first time through the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

    Both the Senate and the House voted to approve the appropriations bill this week as part of the FY2020 funding package, and President Donald Trump signed it into law today.

    This enormous step forward means the project is fully funded to completion and on track to achieve a 52-foot depth in 2021.

    “This huge infusion of federal funding reflects the importance of ensuring South Carolina has a deep harbor capable of handling mega container ships,” S.C. Ports Authority Board Chairman Bill Stern said. “We are grateful to the Trump Administration for recognizing the value a 52-foot depth in Charleston Harbor brings to the Southeast. Thank you to our Congressional delegation, Governor McMaster, and the state and local leaders who have supported this critical project and worked tirelessly to complete it.”

    S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said a 52-foot deep harbor will accommodate 19,000 twenty-foot equivalent container unit (TEU) vessels drafting 50 feet or more without navigation or tidal restrictions.

    “The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in S.C. history,” Newsome said. “A 52-foot deep harbor will ensure we remain competitive for decades to come as bigger ships bring more cargo to S.C. Ports. A thriving port drives economic development and attracts business to the state, which ultimately creates high-paying jobs for South Carolinians. Port operations generate a $63.4 billion economic impact on the state each year and create 1 in 10 S.C. jobs.”

    In 2012, the S.C. General Assembly set aside $300 million, the full estimated state share of the deepening construction costs. This decision was invaluable in showing the federal government that South Carolina is fully invested in deepening Charleston Harbor.

    The project also previously secured $108 million in federal appropriations from the Army Corps of Engineers’ work plans, as well as an additional $50 million loan from the state. Construction began in early 2018.

    “We have been working diligently on this project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 10 years and it is great to see construction progressing. This impressive progress would not be possible without the unwavering support from the S.C. Legislature, who set aside funding years ago,” S.C. Ports COO Barbara Melvin said. “Today, we are incredibly grateful to our Congressional delegation and the Trump Administration for funding this vital project to completion.”

    Work is ongoing to deepen the Entrance Channel to 54 feet; deepen a stretch from the Lower Harbor up to Wando Welch Terminal to 52 feet; and widen the turning basin of the Wando River from 1,400 feet to 1,650 feet.

    The next contract will achieve a 52-foot depth from Charleston Harbor up the Cooper River to the future Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in North Charleston, set to open in 2021. The new Leatherman terminal will double port capacity at full build-out.

    “The importance of completing the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project cannot be overstated,” Newsome said. “We are grateful to all our partners, elected leaders and teammates who are making this a reality.”

    Accolades from elected leaders:

    “For decades, South Carolina’s ports system has been the competitive advantage that sets our state’s economy apart, and this $138 million investment in the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project ensures that it will remain an advantage for decades more. This news gives every South Carolinian reason to celebrate. Companies around the world will take notice of Team South Carolina’s commitment to keeping our infrastructure on the cutting edge, which gives them more confidence in investing here and creating even more jobs for our people.” — Gov. Henry McMaster

    “I’m incredibly appreciative of President Trump, as well as my House and Senate colleagues, for making this happen. The $138 million we secured is one of the most important milestones we have met. It will help keep us on track toward project completion. ... Charleston Harbor Deepening is about jobs — both today and in the future. The Port is the backbone of our state’s economy and responsible for over $60 billion in economic activity. Today’s news ensures our Port will continue to benefit South Carolina and American business in perpetuity." — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham

    “I am pleased the bi-partisan appropriations agreement contains $138 million for the deepening of the Charleston Harbor. This funding is critical to help the Port of Charleston become the deepest harbor on the East Coast, allowing post-Panamax vessels to call on the Port of Charleston any time of day. The Port of Charleston is vital to the economy of South Carolina. I am a huge supporter of the Port and I will continue to support efforts to ensure it continues to thrive.” — Congressman Jim Clyburn

    "I am grateful to have worked alongside my colleagues in Congress to fight for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. The Port of Charleston supports thousands of businesses and jobs in our state and this federal funding is critical to ensuring the project remains on track, benefiting South Carolina's economy for years to come. I appreciate President Trump for recognizing the importance of this project and the critical role it plays." — Congressman Joe Wilson

    “I’m proud to stand behind a bipartisan government funding bill that invests in critical Lowcountry priorities like the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, averts another shutdown, and fully funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year. The Port of Charleston is a driver of economic development across our entire state and region. This funding will allow the Port of Charleston to reach its full potential and continue to facilitate economic growth across the Lowcountry.” — Congressman Joe Cunningham

    About South Carolina Ports Authority

    South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com


  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:37 AM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    On Saturday, December 21, 2019, the M/V SIDER TAYRONA will be towed (dead ship) through Charleston Harbor from the entrance buoy to Veterans Terminal. The tow is expected to occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tow will be restricted in its ability to maneuver. Vessels operating in the vicinity of the tow should keep clear.

    All Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. The tow vessel operators will monitor VHF channel 13 or 73.

     

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston & the bulletin here. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184 or the Sector's 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.


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