Container Line Major Adds Charleston to Asia Service
CMA CGM is adding the Port of Charleston to its Pacific Express 3 (PEX 3) weekly service. The French carrier has deployed 11 vessels of between 4,400 and 5,100 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity in the service. The first ship in the service to call Charleston, the 5,095-TEU CMA CGM Florida, is scheduled to call North Charleston Terminal in mid-April. "As a longtime and loyal client of the South Carolina Ports Authority, CMA CGM is pleased and excited to announce the addition of the Port of Charleston to the new rotation," said Frank Baragona, president of CMA CGM (America) LLC. "The new call in Charleston will be beneficial for all key stakeholders in creating new service options for our clients…
Mariner to Supply CommandBridge to MASC
The Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC) contracts the Mariner Group's system for its port & stakeholder securtiy & operations management. CommandBridge™ has been choses as the cornerstone of MASC's Maritime Command and Control & Situational Awareness project. MASC has been actively promoting the interests of the Port of Charleston since 1926. In 2009, in recognition of the fact that businesses throughout South Carolina use and rely on the services of the state's ports, MAPCHA changed its name to the Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC) to more accurately reflect its purpose and scope. MASC encompasses persons, firms…
Charleston-Charlotte Intermodal Link Improved
South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to enhance international intermodal rail service between the Port of Charleston and the Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at the Charlotte Douglass International Airport. Effective March 12, the new two-day Norfolk Southern service will operate five days per week connecting Charleston and Charlotte using existing dedicated intermodal trains. Containers moving between Charleston and Charlotte will ride an existing Norfolk Southern overnight intermodal train between Charleston and Spartanburg, where they will connect to intermodal train service between Spartanburg and Charlotte. “This…
Charleston Container Volume Up 12%
Charleston, SC – Container shipping volume through the Port of Charleston increased nearly 12 percent in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, and the state’s breakbulk tonnage increased 48 percent, even as the pace of volume gains has slowed. In the July to March period, container traffic increased 11.6 percent to 1,033,062 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up from 925,837 TEUs in the same period last year. March volume alone was 120,265 TEUs, up 5.7 percent from March 2010.
Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor
The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the harbor. Available on the 4th of July, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance). It expands chart coverage further east, covering an additional 345 square nautical miles that wasn’t on the old chart.
ACP and SCPA Sign MOU
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), which owns and operates the Port of Charleston, renewed their ties today with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). First signed in July 2003, the MOU, which is renewable for an additional three years, reinforces both entities’ commitment to growth and best practices that benefit customers, Panama and South Carolina. Areas of cooperation between the ACP and the SCPA include information-sharing, joint marketing efforts, exchange of data, capital improvement plans, training and technology. This partnership also will continue to promote the “All-Water Route,” the route from Asia to the U.S. East Coast via the Panama Canal.
Charleston Amends Security Surcharge
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) amended its tariff for the Port of Charleston to add a Terminal Security Surcharge of $1.00 per lineal foot for ships and barges utilizing any terminal within the agency’s jurisdiction. The surcharge is intended to provide a partial offset to increased maritime security measures implemented by the agency, including measures mandated but not compensated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. The tariff amendment ( which was issued on January 29) is shown as coming into effect on March 1, 2004, but there are indications that it might be delayed until July 1, 2004, when the USCG maritime security regulations come into effect. Charleston Tariff (Source: HK Law)
Port of Charleston Cleared after Bomb Scare
A container terminal at the Port of Charleston has resumed normal operations after being cleared of a potential bomb threat aboard a containership. At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday authorities were informed of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis moored at Charleston's Wando terminal, forcing a temporary evacuation of the terminal while federal, state and local bomb detection units investigated the threat. Law enforcement identified four containers aboard the Maersk Memphis where the threat was posed. The containers were scanned and cleared.
Charleston Freight Station Aims to Expand
Since 1995, Charleston Freight Station (CFS) has provided container freight station services for the Port of Charleston’s customers. For the last 17 years, they served in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as the designated Central Examination Station (CES) here. CBP handled all types of customs examinations with an automated CES program that tracked exams and containers. Now, as the CBP has announced it will tentatively set up operations with a new provider in the City of North Charleston…
Container Weighing Protocol Set for Port of Charleston
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has today filed a rule in its Marine Terminal Operating Schedule (MTOS) outlining its process for adherence to the IMO regulations regarding Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation VI/2, consistent with the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Information Safety Bulletin on this topic, which outlined that existing procedures to comply with U.S. terminal safety regulations could be used to comply with this important regulation. This provision allows the Port of Charleston to provide VGM data directly to ocean carriers via EDI 322 messages as today and provides that shippers using the Port of Charleston authorize this practice, unless they make other arrangements with their ocean carrier.
Charleston Harbor to be Deepened
Today the US Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, recommending that the Charleston Harbor be deepened to 52 feet. "The Port of Charleston's ability to handle post-Panamax vessels 24 hours a day without tidal restriction is critical to the future competitiveness of our state port system," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Completion of our harbor deepening project to 52 feet ensures that SCPA will continue to grow above the market average and remain a top ten port…
Charleston Receives First Heavy Lifts for Nuclear Plant
The high, wide and heavy cargo arrived at Charleston's Columbus Street Terminal, and is being shipped to the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's (SCE&G) nuclear plant expansion 30 miles from the state capital of Columbia. Crews offloaded a large amount of specialty cargo from the 10,500-ton HR Recommendation, operated by BBC Chartering. From there, the cargo moved by rail and truck to SCE&G's project site. A US$23-million improvement project completed last year at the 135-acre Columbus Street Terminal to enhance the facility's mix of on-dock rail, storage and heavylift capabilities. The terminal handles a variety of non-container freight, including vehicles, other rolling stock, breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo, including power generation equipment.
'New Tango' Brings More Post-Panamax Ships to Charleston
The SC Ports Authority today received the first ship call of a new consolidated East Coast South America service that brings additional post-Panamax vessels to Charleston. The newly-formed "New Tango" weekly service includes Hamburg Süd/Aliança, Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV, as well as two carriers new to this trade in the Port of Charleston, NYK and Yang Ming. The deployment of larger ships in the service provides the opportunity for Charleston to grow container volumes in this trade. "This service will increase the frequency of post-Panamax vessels calls Charleston…
Gov't to Fund Port of Charleston Project
According to The State, the Port of Charleston will get $11.5m for the next 12 months for a port security project. The U.S. Department of Justice is providing the money to operate Project Seahawk. Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation with a provision by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and others to use the Charleston operation as a model for others in U.S. port cities. These Seahawk Centers would be run by the Coast Guard and include the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and other federal agencies. State and local law enforcement, first responders, port authority or maritime exchange representatives also would be included in the joint operations. Source: The State
Ship Banned in Port of Charleston Until Leak Contained
The Captain of the Port of Charleston issued a captain of the port order Nov. 2 on the 616-ft. container ship Star Fuji, preventing it from entering the port of Charleston until the leak on board is contained. The Star Fuji contacted the Coast Guard and stated that a 20-foot long tank container on the vessel was leaking a small amount of chloroacetic acid in a 70-percent aqueous solution but that no chloroacetic acid had been spilled into the ocean. The Coast Guard required the Star Fuji to remain 12-miles off the coast of Charleston until the leak could be identified and safely contained. The Coast Guard, DHEC, SPA and the Star Line are working with Moran Environment Recovery to repair the slow-leaking container…
South Atlantic Express Service Enhancements
Maersk Line announced the full extent of revisions to its current South Atlantic Express (SAE) service including the addition of calls to the Port of Savannah and the Port of Wilmington. This service also signals the initiation of Maersk Line service to the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a four-day transit from Santo Tomas and full gate availability on Saturdays in Wilmington for pickup and deliveries. As previously announced, this weekly service reflects omission of the northbound call to Miami, and removal of service to the Port of Charleston from the schedule. The Miami adjustment will become effective with the sailing of the Maersk Tarragona, voyage 0908, departing Santo Tomas on 8 February 2009.
Port's Container Volume Down 16%
According to a May 20 report from The Post and Courier, a recent uptick in a few categories of exports was not enough to offset falling demand for most other goods that come through the Port of Charleston, the latest figures show. The State Ports Authority said at a board meeting on May 19 that the number of containers that crossed its piers during the first 10 months of its fiscal year was down by about 127,000, or 16 percent, as of April 30. (Source: The Post and Courier)
US Longshoremen Protest Loss of Military Cargo Handling
International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) begins protest in Washington DC & Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Union longshore workers from many Atlantic Coast District Ports are joining forces outside the United States Marine Barracks in Washington, DC to protest the loss of handling military cargo at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Hundreds more members of the International Longshoremen's Association are also picketing simultaneously at the Port of Charleston. Both demonstrations in Washington and the Port of Charleston are to protest the US Marines allowing Portus Stevedoring Company, a Jacksonville-based company, to move its military cargo operation from Jacksonville, Florida to Charleston but bypassing the use of ILA workers in Charleston.
Port Gets $2m for Pollution Control
According to the EPA, the federal government is providing nearly $2 million in stimulus funds to control diesel pollution at the Port of Charleston. The grant is intended to provide jobs and help the state Ports Authority retrofit cargo handling and other diesel equipment at the port, the EPA said. Federal officials said the award includes support to clean up the engines on 36 pieces of cargo-handling machinery as well as improvements for two tugboats and a dredge.
DHS to Fund S.C. State & Local Port Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced an agreement between DHS and the state of S.C. to use $800,000 in fiscal year 2009 homeland security grant funds to support state and local law enforcement personnel stationed at SeaHawk, a U.S. Coast Guard-led security initiative operating at the Port of Charleston. "SeaHawk represents a critical partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement partners to share information and coordinate response." said Secretary Napolitano. "Today's announcement will enhance our capabilities to deter terrorists and other criminals. "Today's announcement was very good news for the people of Charleston and South Carolina as a whole," said Senator Graham.
SC Ports Welcomes New Coffee Warehouse
Today Dupuy Storage and Forwarding, LLC opens its newest coffee warehouse and handling facility in North Charleston to serve the rising levels of imported coffee beans through the SC Ports Authority. Coffee volumes at the Port of Charleston are up 60 percent over the last two years, due largely to demand by U.S. coffee roasters and consumption by the Southeast's growing population. "Coffee is a highly specialized type of cargo, and SC Ports welcomes Dupuy's newest coffee warehouse to Charleston," said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. Both Arabica and Robusta beans are imported through the SCPA from coffee growers primarily in Latin America and Africa. Beans imported in Charleston are distributed throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast.
Advanced X-ray Imaging System Unveiled
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a news release stating that an advanced x-ray imaging system for examining cargo containers has been unveiled in the Port of Charleston. Known as OmniView, the system provides more detailed images of the contents and increases the speed of the examination process. [Source: HK Law]
First Choice Marine Supply in Charleston
First Choice Marine Supply announces it now offers launch services in the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. First Choice now handles all scheduling and pricing of launch services including personnel, spares in transit or deck and engine supplies. President Greg Nielsen said, “We are excited about this new expansion. Our company has been supplying services into Charleston for quite some time. Available equipment includes 100 ft by 32 ft ramp barges, lugger tug and crew, and a 125 ton barge mounted crane. Services are naturally available 24/7. First Choice Marine Supply also has offices in Savannah, Georgia, Freeport, Bahamas and Tampa, Florida.