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  • Monday, September 09, 2019 11:24 AM | Anna Thies


    Responza, LLC is an IT support company specializing in managed IT support, cloud services, and cybersecurity.

    We make sure your technology works for you:

    •        Network monitoring and user support
    •        Backup and disaster recovery plans
    •        Office 365 support
    •        Cloud services and support (Azure & AWS)
    •        IT vendor management
    •        Cybersecurity (audits and compliance)
    •        IT project management

    Responza provides complete IT expertise to manage your computer operations. With 24/7 system monitoring of all critical systems and applications, we ensure system stability, uptime, and productivity.

    Cyber-security is one of the most important aspects of IT network management. We provide complete security packages to ensure your business data is secure and protected.

    Our IT management packages include regular, scheduled systems maintenance to ensure all business-critical systems are functioning properly. Emergency support coverage provides a guaranteed 2-hour response to emergencies and our help desk is here for technical and end-user telephone support. For more advanced needs we can create a strategic IT roadmap to help take their business to a new level.

    Finally, but especially important for Charleston, we offer complete disaster recovery plans in case of a hurricane hit and flooding. Preparation is the key to providing business continuity.

    What regions do you serve?

    Responza serves Charleston and the Low Country. Locally we support over a dozen business with services ranging from basic cybersecurity to complete virtual IT support. With offices here in Charleston, we can serve our customers both onsite and remotely.

    What might surprise me about Responza?

    Although we are first and foremost IT nerds, we have a lot of outside interests. For instance, one of our staff lives on a 100-acre farm raising chickens, horses, and keeping bees. Another member of the staff rides a Harley and plays in a local band. You can catch him every week at one of many Charleston venues. One member donates his time to help the Charleston homeless with the Homeless to Help Fund Charity. A principal of the company is a steak connoisseur. Whether you want good ol’ USA beef, Brazilian, or Japanese Wagyu, he knows where to get and how to prepare the best cuts. One member is a flight simulator enthusiast and is in the process of building a simulated cockpit with a VR headset. We even have someone with a master’s degree from LSU who is a published historian. And of course, we’re online gamers.

    How do you attract and retain a dedicated workforce that can support all of your customers’ needs?

    Our main offices and support center are located here in Charleston at 201 Gamecock Avenue. We hire in partnership with local colleges and believe that the best way to keep attract and keep great people is to treat them as great people.

    Because we may be called on to handle customer emergencies on a moment’s notice, we work hard to provide a supportive and fun atmosphere.  We attempt to enable our staff to have a balanced work and family life while putting in the long hours needed to ensure our customers received the IT support they require. We always put our customers first, and to do that, we treat our staff like family.

    What are some of Responza’s proudest accomplishments?

    One of Responza’s proudest accomplishments is our ongoing service and support for The Balmer Group, the charitable organization founded by former Microsoft CEO and co-founder, Steve Balmer. The Balmer Group works to support efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. We are thrilled to be a small part of this great effort to support community-led initiatives, partnerships with all levels of government, stronger nonprofits, and the use of data to track progress and measure improvement.

  • Monday, September 09, 2019 10:06 AM | Anna Thies

    Apparent Winds is the epic circumnavigation of the globe being undertaken by SC natives Tripp Brower and Zach Bjur aboard J. Henry, a 1971 Hinckley Bermuda 40. The two long time friends will set sail from Charleston, South Carolina in November 2019 and return two years later. The expedition will be an exploration of the coastal cultures of our planet looking in to every aspect of their maritime traditions. In addition they will be observing the environmental changes and challenges faced by coastal communities around the world and intend to examine the cultural impacts of both globalization and a shifting climate.

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  • Friday, September 06, 2019 12:50 PM | Anna Thies

    SECTOR CHARLESTON | PORT CONDITION - OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

    Effective 1230 local time, 6 Sep 2019, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston has opened the Port of Charleston with the following restrictions:

    1. All deep draft commercial vessel movements must be specifically authorized by the COTP through the Port Coordination Team. Deep draft commercial vessels can submit their requests to uscgsecchasnprev@icloud.com or by telephone to (843) 296-5520. The COTP reserves the right to deny any request.

    We continue to conduct port assessments with our partners and will balance the safety of the port with the need to move commerce. There are no current restrictions on recreational or commercial small passenger vessels.

    Due to potential effects from Hurricane DORIAN 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.

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

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 331-2384.

    For facility and vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 296-5514.

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


  • Thursday, September 05, 2019 5:23 PM | Anna Thies

    CLIENT ADVISORY:

    Hurricane Dorian 2019 Update #4

    **UPDATE**

    WWT, NCT and CST to Reopen at 0700 Tomorrow 

    WWT, NCT and CST will reopen at 0700 tomorrow, Friday, September 6 for gate operations. Vessel operations at WWT, NCT and CST will begin at 1900 tomorrow. 

    The vessel schedule will be arranged by the SCPA's berthing office and the Ocean Carriers. Please visit the SCPA website for the for the latest vessel schedule.

    Inland Port Dillon will reopen Friday, September 6 at 0900. Inland Port Dillon will also be open Saturday, September 7 from 0600-1800. 

    Inland Port Greer is open and operating under normal hours. 

    Full details are below. 

    CHARLESTON CONTAINER TERMINALS (WWT and NCT):

    Thursday, September 5:

    • Closed. 

    Friday, September 6:

    • Reopening at 0700 and operating until 1730. 
    • Vessel operations restart at 1900. 

    Saturday, September 7:

    • Normal operating hours, 0600-1700. 

    Sunday, September 8:

    • Open, 0600-1700. 

    CHARLESTON BREAKBULK & RO/RO:

    Thursday, September 5:

    • Closed. 

    Friday, September 6:

    • Reopening at 0700 and operating until 1700. 
    • Vessel operations restart at 1900. 

    INLAND PORT DILLON:

    Thursday, September 5:

    • Closed. 

    Friday, September 6:

    • Reopening at 0900 and operating until 1800.

    Saturday, September 7:

    • Open, 0600-1800. 

    INLAND PORT GREER:

    • Open and operating under normal hours. 

    The SC Ports Authority is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and will provide operational updates as necessary. 


  • Wednesday, September 04, 2019 8:21 AM | Anna Thies

    SECTOR CHARLESTON | PORT CONDITION ZULU

    Effective 0800, 4 Sep 2019, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston has set Port Condition ZULU due to the expected arrival of tropical storm force winds of 39 mph from Hurricane DORIAN within 12 hours. The port is closed to all vessel traffic unless specifically authorized by the COTP. Cargo operations are suspended, including bunkering and lightering, unless a waiver is granted by the COTP. We will continue to evaluate updated weather models to determine when it safe to lift the above restrictions.

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

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 331-2384.

    For facility and vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 296-5514.

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

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 6:43 PM | Anna Thies

    SECTOR CHARLESTON | PORT CONDITION YANKEE

    Effective 2000, 3 Sep 2019, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston has set Port Condition YANKEE due to the expected arrival of tropical storm force winds of 39 mph from Hurricane DORIAN within 24 hours. Vessel movements are restricted to pre-authorized outbound traffic only. We will continue to evaluate updated weather models and anticipate setting Port Condition Zulu tomorrow morning.

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

    For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 331-2384.

    For facility and vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 296-5514.

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

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 11:59 AM | Anna Thies

    CLIENT ADVISORY: Hurricane Dorian 2019 Update #2

    All terminals are open and operating under normal hours today, Tuesday, September 3.

    **UPDATE**

    Vessel operations to begin at 1900, Friday, September 6 for marine terminals in Charleston (WWT, NCT and CST).

    All terminals in Charleston and Georgetown will reopen Friday, September 6 at 0900 for gate operations.

    The vessel schedule will be arranged by the SCPA's berthing office and the Ocean Carriers. Please visit the SCPA website for the for the latest vessel schedule.

    CHARLESTON CONTAINER TERMINALS (WWT and NCT):

    Tuesday, September 3:

    • Normal operating hours, 0500-1730.

    Wednesday, September 4:

    • Closed.

    Thursday, September 5:

    • Closed.

    Friday, September 6:

    • Reopening at 0900 and operating until 1730.
    • Vessel operations restart at 1900.

    Saturday, September 7:

    • Normal operating hours, 0600-1700.

    Sunday, September 8:

    • Open, 0600-1700.

    CHARLESTON and GEORGETOWN BREAKBULK & RO/RO:

    Tuesday, September 3:

    • Open and operating under normal hours.

    Wednesday, September 4:

    • Closed.

    Thursday, September 5:

    • Closed.

    Friday, September 6:

    • Reopening at 0900 and operating until 1700.
    • Vessel operations restart at 1900.

    INLAND PORT GREER:

    • Open and operating under normal hours.

    INLAND PORT DILLON:

    • Open and operating under normal hours.

    The SC Ports Authority is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and will provide operational updates as necessary.

  • Monday, September 02, 2019 6:00 PM | Anna Thies

    MSIB 38-19: PORT CONDITION ZULU

    MSIB 37-19: PORT CONDITION YANKEE

    MSIB 36-19: BRIDGE CLOSURES

    MSIB 35-19: PORT CONDITION X-RAY

    MSIB 34-19: PORT CONDITION WHISKEY

  • Monday, September 02, 2019 5:41 PM | Anna Thies

    Coastal SOUTH Carolina | Operational Bridge Closures

    Due to the projected path of Hurricane DORIAN and the evacuation of Coastal South Carolina counties, all draw bridges are anticipated be closed to marine traffic beginning at 6:00 P.M. on September 03, 2019.  Mariners are urged to prepare and plan transits accordingly.

    For more information regarding evacuation routes log onto the South Carolina Department of Transportation website at: https://www.scdot.org/travel/stormResources.aspx.

    For questions regarding the closures, please contact the South Carolina Department of Transportation at: (855) 467-2368.

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



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