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  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:03 PM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    USACE NAV/OPS Report

    22 AUG 2019


    -Entrance Channel Contract 1:  GLDD to resume hopper dredging in December 2019 when turtle window opens.

    -Entrance Channel Contract 2:  GLDD suction cutter dredge TEXAS currently dredging in AS 5.  Hopper dredges will resume work under Contract 2 when turtle window opens in December 2019.

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Wando Welch Terminal (WWT): Awarded 19 Aug to Norfolk Dredging.  Anticipate dredging to start in October.

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Hugh Leatherman Terminal (HLT): Anticipate solicitation November 2019 pending alignment of federal funding. 

    -Upper Harbor Contract:  Anticipate solicitation January 2020 pending alignment of federal funding.


    -FY19 CHARLESTON HARBOR UPPEER REACHES O&M:  Anticipate award by end of August 2019 and dredging to start in October.


    -FY18 AIWW CRITICAL SHOAL DREDGING WINYAH BAY TO CHARLESTON: Goodlow Finishing Shoal 1 Breach Inlet and Shoal 4 Graham Creek.  Dredging in Shoal 5 Awendaw Creek ready to commence. 


    WEDA - Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting



    ATON: BOSN3 Richard Keefauver

    ATON Officer to reference Local Notice to Mariner’s

                Charleston Harbor’s C-Bouy RACON is inoperable, USCG considering removal and replacement with synthetic solution.

    WWM: LT Chad Ray

    BRIDGE – US 701 Construction and Demolition

                PCL Construction has completed construction of the new US 701 Bridge over the Great Pee Dee River North of Georgetown, SC near the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. PCL Construction is currently in the process of demolishing the old bridge and anticipate completing project in November 2019.

    BRIDGE – US 21 Harbor River Replacement

                United Infrastructure Group (UIG) have completed the preparatory phase of the project and have constructed a 1000ft x 40ft barge causeway in Beaufort, SC. UIG is currently pile driving in marsh and anticipate a November 2021 completion.

    BRIDGE – Shem Creek Pedestrian Walkway

                Cape Romaine is near completion of the project; however, have extended their deadline to September 23.

    CONSTRUCTION – Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal

                Cape Romaine has completed dredging of the wharf area as of July 2019. They are currently driving piles until December 2019 and anticipate pouring first concrete September 2019. South Carolina Port Authority anticipate new cranes to arrive April 2020, while operations at project site will continue through June 2020. First ship will follow, TBD.

    Marine Events / Projects:MSTC Jeromy Sherrill

    • September 28 – Chucktown Showdown Paddleboard Race – Folly Beach
    • October 6 – Swim Around Charleston – From Patriots Point, around the peninsula then up the Ashley River to 526.

    October 2019: Crane Delivery to Wando Terminal – Safety Zone

    • October 24: Dead Ship Tow USN LA JOLLA – Moving Safety Zone – C buoy to navy base (approx. 0600 - 1200)

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:30 PM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    Where security controls are weak, criminals will quickly take advantage. According to a new report provided to InsideSources, the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIIO) and the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) are in the middle of a study on cyber risks in the maritime industry, spanning February 2018 to August 2019, which will be presented to the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Council.

    Cybersecurity is a serious issue for maritime industries. Major ocean carriers like Maersk and COSCO and ports like the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of San Diego suffered severe cyber attacks over the last few years, temporarily crippling their supply chains and, in some cases, bringing the flow of goods to a halt. In order for the maritime industry to really crack down on cybercrime, every link of the supply chain must augment its cybersecurity.

    One of the biggest cyber risks within the maritime supply chain are third-party vendors, like contractors and software providers. It is important that the entire maritime supply chain should be up to date on cyber risks and cybersecurity initiatives. These initiatives include:

    • Focus on coordinating responsibilities and Information-sharing strategies.
    • Secure single-factor PIN electronic release systems or ‘ERSs’
    • Monitor high value, untraceable commodities containers
    • Secure EDIFACT messaging system
    • Secure serial data on vessel networks
    • Ensure third-party vendors are cybersecure

    Contact us for a Demonstration!!

    Renee McCown – CEO and Founder Davis Marshall – Business Develoment

    Email: Email:

    Office: 732.241.2118 Office: 843.323.1685

    WebSite: WebSite:

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:06 PM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    Held in conjunction with the SCITC, the SC Logistics Tech Talk brings together supply chain & logistics thought leaders, to discuss the cutting-edge technologies that are changing the logistics industry today and how these technologies will drive South Carolina into the future. 

    *This event requires separate registration*

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:00 PM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    The 2019/20 College of Charleston Global Logistics & Transportation Professional Development Program will begin on Monday, August 26 and run through April 20th.  Cost is $895.  For more information please go to or contact Dr. Kent Gourdin at 843-953-5327 or  To register, go to

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:44 AM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    Port Service Manager

    Welcome to Hapag-Lloyd, a leading global logistics company. We are a team of nearly 10,000 employees working across 600 offices in 113 countries. All working together to ensure the flow of goods never stops. Right now, we’re hiring a Manager Port Superintendent in New York, NY; Charleston, SC or Norfolk, VA. Let’s navigate the future, together. 

    What does it mean to join a leading global liner shipping company? It means you’ll have access to outstanding technology and challenging job opportunities around the world. It means working for a company that cares about the environment, safety, and quality management. It means we set high standards. That’s how we’ve been setting the benchmark for more than 170 years. Now here’s your chance to become a part of what we do next. 

    Main Objectives:

    • Drive terminal performance, contribute to the continuous improvements and cost savings by implementing defined measures and actions required during the vessel call in Hamburg.
    • Ensures that a chosen and contracted supplier fulfills his/her duties and that subcontracts are corresponding with the frame contract.
    • Direct communication with terminal management to define and apply corrective actions immediately and ensure timely feedback of outcome and lessons learned to Area / Regional Operations Management.


    Monitor the implementation of improvement measures during pre- and after berthing and during terminal operations:

    • Ensure vessel arrival and berthing processes are within target duration.
    • Ensure crane availability and performance align with expectation (stowage provided).
    • Discuss deviations and quick fixes with Terminal (real-time).
    • Constantly seek to identify further improvement measures and ensure transfer of ideas to Regional Operations Management.


    Conduct regular reviews of overall action plans from terminal partnering projects:

    • Discuss and implement improvement measures with Terminal Management based on feedback from Vessel Command/ Planner.
    • Ensure alignment of definition and implementation of corrective measures with terminal operations.
    • Provide feedback from frequent interaction to Regional Operations Management.
    • Ensure that measures with internal responsibility is being transferred within the organization.


    Identify opportunities for schedule/vessel space optimization

    • Review and decide on loading of additional units in direct alignment with terminals and internal stakeholders (e.g. slot control, vessel planner).


    Requirements and Qualifications:


    • Good understanding of the shipment processes.
    • Knowledge in terminal/ port operations essential. Awareness of regional factors for ship and port calls. (Tidal conditions, encounter regulations, wind and weather dependencies, currents, port restrictions from authorities, max. draught in the port and on the river).
    • Ability to drive efficiency in port calls.
    • Effective communication, co-ordination and conflict management skills.
    • Ability to link and coordinate business related developments through the organization.
    • Advanced English skills in writing and speaking.
    • Good analytical skills.
    • Advanced PC knowledge (QlikView, Excel).



    • Reporting of management related information
    • Cost Control background is eligible
    • Experience in direct contact with customers and/ or suppliers, service partner
    • Experience in buying, negotiation and/or contracting activities



    • Open minded on new ideas
    • Ability to develop innovative solutions
    • Taking responsibilities on the job
    • Able to work independently
    • Well self-organized
    • Friendly and open-minded manner, able to communicate with other staff and suppliers in a positive mode even under time pressure, self-confidence, service orientated, team skills assertive
    • Available to be on site during vessel calls to oversee real time execution of measures


    Work Schedule:

    • Willingness to work beyond regular office hours.
    • Variable work schedule, including nights and weekends, subject to vessel schedule.  Often at terminal facility working in contact with port and vessel staff.


    This is a great opportunity to grow with an industry leader. For consideration, please email resume and port locations of choice to

    Hapag-Lloyd is an Equal Opportunity employer that maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:51 AM | Anna Thies (Administrator)
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:44 PM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    *Sector Charleston Command Center, we request 4-hour Broadcast Notice to Mariner beginning at 0000 August 16, 2019 ending at 0000 on August 31, 2019.*

    Joint Base Charleston will be conducting explosive operations at Wharf Alfa on the Cooper River above Goose Creek beginning on August 16, 2019 through August 30, 2019. Mariners are advised a Naval Vessel Protection Zone exists around all U.S. Naval Vessels greater than 100 feet in length overall at all times in the navigable waters of the United States. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.

    This MSIB can be viewed at For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, contact on scene security assets via VHF-FM Channel 16, Joint Base Port Operations (843) 794-7746, Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184, or the Sector's 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

  • Monday, August 05, 2019 10:19 AM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    Port News

    Merger of Yards in South Korea, China Will Control Global Shipbuilding (WSJ)

    Maritime Industry, State Port Authority Offer Career Opportunities (The Chronicle)

    SC Port Expresses Concerns About Tariff Uncertainties (Palmetto Bus. Daily)

    GA, SC Commit $1.2 Million More to Joint Port (AP News)

    Savannah Share of Imports Grows (American Shipper)


    ONE Reports First Quarterly Profit As Its Business Turnaround Continues (Loadstar)

    Iran Seizes Vessel in Persian Gulf Accused of Smuggling Fuel (WSJ)

    Pushback on Panama Canal Toll Hike Timing (American Shipper)

    US Wants Ships to Keep AIS On (GCaptain)

    K-Line Convicted and Fined $24 Million (Maritime Exec)

    Hapag Lloyd Expands Fleet Following Growth in Reefer (Shipping Watch)

    Zim Introduces New Central America- Caribbean Service (Sea Trade)


    American RailCar Industries Manufacturing Assets Sold for $430 Million (St. Louis Post)

    Logistics/Supply Chain

    Logistics Companies Extend Robust Hiring in July (WSJ)

    Michelin Keeps Tire Shipments Rolling  With Help of IOT Trackers (DC Velocity)


    Steel Giant Hit by Falling US, Europe Demand (WSJ)

    SC Earns Kudos For Manufacturing, Creating Jobs, Attracting Millennials (Charleston CEO)

    US Becomes the World’s 3rd Largest LNG Exporter (Sea Trade)

    US To Impose 10% Tariffs on $300 Billion in Chinese Goods (Supply Chain)

    Smithey Ironware Expanding Charleston County Operations (SC Commerce)


    MarAd Found Vulnerable to Cyber Hackers (American Shipper)


    DHEC Cites Company For Plastic Pellets Found on Sullivan’s Island (Live 5)

    Customs Agents Discover 4.5 Tons of Cocaine on Container Ship in Hamburg (Shipping Watch)

  • Monday, August 05, 2019 9:04 AM | Anna Thies (Administrator)

    A joint public safety training exercise will be conducted throughout Charleston Harbor from Monday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 7, 2019. The purpose of the training exercise will be to emphasize local coordination, waterborne rescue, and tactical waterborne deployment/recovery. Expect local assets, including both helicopter and small boat, to be in the following areas and time:

    Monday, August 5 from 1300 - 1700: Cooper River in between Laurel Island and the West of Drum Island.

    Tuesday, August 6 from 1300 - 1700: Stono River in vicinity of James Island County Park and South Edisto River in vicinity of ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge.

    Tuesday, August 6 from 2000 - 2300: South Edisto River in vicinity of ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge and Stono River in vicinity of Limehouse Bridge.

    Wednesday, August 7 from 1000 - 1400: Cooper River in between Drum Island and Daniel Island.

    This training will not impede local maritime traffic and all local Law Enforcement/Response agencies have been briefed. Involved training exercise assets will be monitoring channel 16.

    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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