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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.
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.
Dead Ship Tow
Charleston Harbor, SC
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SC Ports in strong position heading into 2020
Wando Welch Terminal was named No. 1 for productivity. (Photo/S.C. Ports Authority)
CHARLESTON, SC — DEC. 18, 2019 — South Carolina Ports Authority has seen steady growth across multiple business segments in 2019, handling nearly 2.25 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) since January.
“We continue to attract cargo with our efficiently run terminals and reliable service,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “This is made possible by our excellent team and the broader maritime community, all of whom work tirelessly to keep cargo moving seamlessly through our supply chain.”
S.C. Ports saw strong cargo volumes at container, breakbulk and inland terminals in November.
SCPA handled 184,928 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month. This brings the total TEUs handled thus far in fiscal year 2020, from July through November, to 1.04 million — a 6% increase year-over-year.
As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 104,324 pier containers in November. The Port has handled 588,873 pier containers in fiscal year 2020, which is up nearly 5% from a year ago.
SCPA also handled 63,252 pier tons in November, up 28% year-over-year. Vehicle imports and exports at Columbus Street Terminal totaled 19,933 last month, a 17% increase from a year ago.
Beyond the oceanside terminals, S.C. Ports runs two very successful inland ports in the Upstate and Pee Dee regions of South Carolina. The inland ports use overnight rail to move cargo to and from the Port of Charleston, giving cargo owners in the Southeast and Midwest direct access to the Port.
Inland Port Greer reported 9,370 rail moves in November, while Inland Port Dillon saw 2,410 rail moves last month. Combined, the inland ports handled 11,780 rail moves in November for a total of 77,445 rail moves thus far in fiscal year 2020, up 27% year-over-year.
S.C. Ports looks to further grow retail volumes and recruit distribution centers to South Carolina to handle the influx of imports to the Southeast.
“Looking ahead to 2020, we expect to continue weathering uncertainty in the world economy, but our strong position in the Southeast and proximity to a booming consumer market will drive growth,” Newsome said. “We expect to grow above the market as more cargo shifts from West Coast to East Coast ports.”
During a board meeting today, SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern congratulated S.C. Ports on receiving international recognition for performance and overall productivity. The Journal of Commerce ranked both the Port of Charleston and Wando Welch Terminal No. 1 for productivity among North American midsized ports.
“The equipment operators at S.C. Ports and all those working in the maritime community enable the notable productivity that cargo owners have come to rely on at S.C. Ports,” Stern said.
Newsome also thanked the SCPA Board of Directors for their time and service to the Port. The board unanimously approved the reelection of board officers for the next two years: Stern as board chairman, Dave Posek as vice chairman, Kurt Grindstaff as treasurer and Willie Jeffries as secretary.
“We appreciate the board’s continued support of our investments that enable us to service some of the biggest ships in the world,” Newsome said. “This next year is critical as we progress on our momentous infrastructure investments, including a new container terminal and a 52-foot deep harbor , both set for completion in 2021.”
Marine Safety Information Bulletin
Commandant MSIB Number: 10-19 U.S. Coast Guard Date: December 16, 2019 Inspections and Compliance Directorate Contact: Mr. Charles Blackmore 2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE, STOP 7501 Phone: (202) 372-1109 Washington, DC 20593-7501 E-Mail: email@example.com
Cyberattack Impacts MTSA Facility Operations
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform the maritime community of a recent incident involving a ransomware intrusion at a Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facility. Forensic analysis is currently ongoing but the virus, identified as “Ryuk” ransomware, may have entered the network of the MTSA facility via an email phishing campaign. Once the embedded malicious link in the email was clicked by an employee, the ransomware allowed for a threat actor to access significant enterprise Information Technology (IT) network files, and encrypt them, preventing the facility’s access to critical files. The virus further burrowed into the industrial control systems that monitor and control cargo transfer and encrypted files critical to process operations. The impacts to the facility included a disruption of the entire corporate IT network (beyond the footprint of the facility), disruption of camera and physical access control systems, and loss of critical process control monitoring systems. These combined effects required the company to shut down the primary operations of the facility for over 30 hours while a cyber-incident response was conducted.
For more information on Ryuk ransomware, please visit: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/currentactivity/2019/06/28/ncsc-releases-advisory-ryuk-ransomware. At a minimum, the following measures may have prevented or limited the breach and decreased the time for recovery: Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems to monitor real-time network traffic Industry standard and up to date virus detection software Centralized and monitored host and server logging Network segmentation to prevent IT systems from accessing the Operational Technology (OT) environment Up-to-date IT/OT network diagrams Consistent backups of all critical files and software
The Coast Guard recommends facilities utilize the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and NIST Special Publication 800-82 when implementing a Cyber Risk Management Program.
The Coast Guard urges maritime stakeholders to verify the validity of the email sender prior to responding to or opening any unsolicited email messages. Additionally, facility owners and operators should continue to evaluate their cybersecurity defense measures to reduce the effect of a cyber-attack.
This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
For more information on ransomware-related best practices and other resources please visit the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) ransomware resource page at: https://www.uscert.gov/Ransomware.
As a reminder, suspicious activity and breaches of security, including breaches of telecommunications equipment, including computer, system and network security measures which support functions described in the facility security plan or could contribute to a Transportation Security Incident (TSI), must be reported to the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802. For additional guidance on the defining and reporting of cyber incidents refer to CG-5P Policy Letter 08-16, “Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security.”
The Coast Guard encourages companies and their facilities to remain vigilant in the identification and prompt reporting of suspicious cyber-related activities. Questions pertaining to this bulletin may be directed to the Coast Guard Office of Port & Facility Compliance’s Domestic Ports Division (CG-FAC1) at (202) 372-1109.
CHARLESTON, SC — DEC. 13, 2019 — South Carolina Ports Authority received international recognition for the Port of Charleston’s performance and overall productivity.
The Journal of Commerce ranked the Port of Charleston No. 1 for overall productivity in the midsize ports category for North American ports. Wando Welch Terminal was named No. 1 for overall productivity in the midsize terminals category.
The awards were presented this week during JOC Events’ annual Port Performance North America Conference in Newark, N.J.
For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.
See this Marine Safety Information Bulletin here.
December 12, 2019
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