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Old September 10th, 2016, 07:12 AM   #61
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S.C. lawmakers pressure Congressional leaders to authorize Charleston Harbor dredging

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U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., is spearheading an effort to pressure House Republican leaders to prioritize passage of a water infrastructure bill by the end of September.

A failure to send the Water Resources and Development Act, or WRDA, to the president’s desk before the end of the federal fiscal year could jeopardize progress on deepening Charleston Harbor.

Authorization to proceed with the $509 million dredging project is included in the bill, and the approval is required before federal funds can be appropriated, possibly as early as the next fiscal year.
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Old October 15th, 2016, 02:29 PM   #62
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Senate moves Charleston Harbor deepening project forward

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The U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 last week by a vote of 95-3, moving the 52-foot Charleston Harbor deepening project one step closer to authorization.

The bill now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for final authorization, which is needed before construction can begin.

“WRDA is critical legislation for port and port-related infrastructure modernization projects across the country. ... Congressional approval will allow project construction to begin, ensuring the port remains on track to deliver all of the capabilities needed of a modern harbor by the end of the decade,” S.C. State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said in a news release.
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Charleston Harbor deepening project progresses with House Water Resources Development Act passage

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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The recent passage of H.5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction.

“We applaud the House of Representatives for making this critical legislation a priority before the lame duck session,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. “The entire South Carolina Delegation has worked diligently to ensure the bill moves forward in order to enable the project to begin construction next year. Thanks to their support, we are well-positioned to be the deepest harbor on the East Coast by the end of the decade.”

H.5303 passed with a vote of 399-25. A conference committee will now be formed to work through the differences between the House and Senate versions during the Congressional recess.

“Passage of this bill by the House represents another hurdle cleared for Charleston Harbor Deepening,” said SCPA Board Chairman Pat McKinney. “We are deeply appreciative of our entire delegation’s efforts. This milestone is the result of years of hard work and ensures our Port’s world-class deepening project remains on track.”
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Old December 10th, 2016, 09:11 PM   #63
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Congress clears bill authorizing Charleston Harbor deepening project

By Emma Dumain [email protected] Updated 2 hrs ago

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With all of the drama and suspense that tends to define the end of a legislative session, the 114th Congress adjourned in the very early hours of Saturday morning — but not before passing legislation to ensure the Charleston Harbor deepening project can proceed on schedule.

The U.S. Senate voted, 78-21, to clear for the president’s signature a far-reaching bill to support water infrastructure programs across the country, including the authorization of funding necessary to dredge the harbor to 52 feet.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a longtime advocate for the harbor funding, voted for the bill along with the state’s junior Republican U.S. Senator, Tim Scott.

The $509 million project, years in the making, will allow the Port of Charleston to remain economically viable and competitive. Current water levels are making it harder to accommodate the bigger, heavier cargo ships that are becoming more commonplace.

Hours before the decisive vote it was unclear whether the necessary support was there to advance the measure, which would have forced lawmakers to start from scratch in January.
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Old March 4th, 2017, 03:47 PM   #64
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Port Wars: Georgia, Virginia Crowd Out South Carolina

By FITS - March 3, 2017

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South Carolina would be on the outside looking in when it comes to a new eastern seaboard shipping deal … assuming the bi-state compact were to receive federal approval.

Port leaders in Georgia and Virginia want to collaborate with each other on a so-called “East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement.”

“The U.S. East Coast continues to see larger vessels and cargo exchanges since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last year,” Georgia and Virginia’s port leaders said in a joint statement. “Increasingly, our customers are seeking gateway ports on the East Coast that can leverage sufficient landside infrastructure to ensure the free flow of cargo. The states of Georgia and Virginia have made the necessary investments to prepare for this new era in global trade. The East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement is an innovative collaboration that will allow us to find new ways to become more efficient and effective.”

According to editor Reynolds Hutchins of JOC.com, the proposed deal would allow the two states to “jointly acquire operating systems and equipment; meet to share information on cargo handling, gate operations, turn times, staffing, and infrastructure; jointly draft agreements with carriers, shippers, and other terminal operators; and sync marketing materials to attract joint services, alliances, and carrier network agreements.”

The two states would not be allowed to “jointly negotiate, set, and approve terminal rates or charges.”

At least not yet …

Georgia and Virginia must receive approval from the Federal Maritime Commission prior to embarking on their new agreement.

“If approved they could collude on pricing and incentives,” one industry insider told us.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 07:14 PM   #67
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South Carolina's tab for Charleston port dredging cut by as much as $116M

By John McDermott
Mar 15, 2017


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South Carolina’s share of the long-planned Charleston Harbor deepening has been slashed by as much as a third, even though the overall cost remains at more than half-a-billion dollars.

The catch is that the savings — $82 million to as much as $116 million — are far out on the horizon.

Jim Newsome, CEO of the State Ports Authority, said a new federal act recalculated the cost-sharing formula for the three-year project, now estimated to require $525 million to complete. The change cut the state's portion to $225 million from the latest projection of $341 million. It also increased the federal contribution to $300 million.

"That's a big difference," Newsome said.

Lawmakers in Columbia put $307 million in the bank several years ago to cover South Carolina's portion of the bill, according to the SPA.

Even with the new cost-sharing formula, it's possible the state will have to tap all of the money it has set aside because the financing needs for the dig will move faster than the "appropriations curve" on Capitol Hill, Newsome said. The state would then have to seek reimbursements from Washington for any "forward spending" expenses it incurs beyond the first $225 million, he said.
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Record cargo leaves little time for dredging at Port of Charleston



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Apr 23, 2017


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The record-breaking level of cargo moving through the Port of Charleston has had some unintended — and expensive —consequences, with a maintenance dredging project repeatedly having to move to the sidelines as container vessels take precedence at Wando Welch Terminal.

The State Ports Authority's bill for dredging the berths came in at nearly 54 percent over budget because of what's known as "stand-by time" — the period when a dredge has to move out of the way to make room for a ship that's loading and unloading cargo.

The SPA's initial contract with Southern Dredging Co. called for an $818,400 payment to remove the silt and sediment that normally builds up along the Wando River terminal. The final tally climbed to $1.25 million, including $447,000 for stand-by time when no work was being completed.

"We had an unusually high stand-by time, which goes to how efficient our team runs the berths," said Jim Van Ness, the maritime agency's director of engineering and facilities maintenance.

Wando Welch's berths are utilized more than 70 percent of the time the terminal is open, among the highest rate for U.S. ports, according to statistics compiled by Tioga Group. Add to that a record amount of cargo moving on the 16 container ships that call on the Mount Pleasant docks each week and there was little time left for dredging.

"Our dredging contractor had a lot of waiting time for ships to make their calls and get in and out of the way," Van Ness said, adding that the terminal did not miss any ship calls while the dredging took place in February.

That's all the more impressive seeing how the terminal is operating at less than full strength, said Jim Newsome, the SPA's president and CEO.
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Smooth sailing as COSCO Development ushers in Port of Charleston's big ship era

By David Wren [email protected] May 15, 2017

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The COSCO Development was at the Port of Charleston for less than two days, but its visit last weekend is a lasting reminder that big container ships — and the millions of dollars in infrastructure needed to accommodate them — are now business as usual.

The Development's visit "marks a new era in the global container shipping industry," Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority, said in a statement.

The ship, the largest to visit the Port of Charleston, docked at Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant at about 11 a.m. Saturday. By the time it left at about 6 p.m. Sunday, two shifts of more than 100 International Longshoremen's Association workers and dozens of SPA employees had moved 2,910 cargo boxes on and off the vessel using large ship-to-shore cranes purchased specifically for the big ships.

It was the second-highest number of moves for a single ship at the Port of Charleston.

When the Development pulled out of Charleston Harbor, it was loaded with 11,406 cargo boxes headed to Hong Kong.

"Everything went smoothly," SPA spokeswoman Erin Dhand said of the Development's visit.
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Charleston port on its way to East Coast's deepest harbor with federal dollars in hand

By David Wren [email protected] May 24, 2017

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A plan to dredge Charleston Harbor to 52 feet cleared its final hurdle this week with the Army Corps of Engineers setting aside $17.5 million in federal funds for the project that will give the Port of Charleston the deepest navigation channel on the East Coast.

"The significance of this funding for the timeline of our deepening project cannot be overstated — it is tremendous news for Charleston," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority.

The federal dollars will come from the Army Corps' fiscal 2017 work plan, part of President Donald Trump's spending proposal, which details all of the nation's projects that will receive civil works funding from the agency.

The $525 million dredging project will get most of its money from $300 million that has already been set aside by South Carolina legislators. The federal government will pay the remaining $225 million through upcoming budget appropriations.

The project is a key part of the SPA's plan to improve infrastructure to accommodate large container ships traveling through an expanded Panama Canal to the East Coast. That plan also includes a new container terminal, intermodal rail yard, crane and other equipment and improvements to an existing wharf.

All told, the SPA plans to spend more than $1.5 billion in coming years to lure so-called neo-Panamax vessels carrying 13,000 or more cargo boxes per trip.
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FMC Approves East Coast Gateway Agreement

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The Federal Maritime Commission has granted its final approval for the East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement, a landmark cooperation mechanism for the port authorities of Georgia and Virginia.

The two authorities filed a petition with the FMC for the pact on February 24, and the commission took 45 days to perform a review. Under the terms of the agreement, the two authorities will now be able to share specific types of operational and commercial information. Like the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, the East Coast Gateway arrangement will help the authorities to coordinate their efforts and attract business in a highly competitive market; however, unlike the NWSA, it does not involve merging the authorities' marine cargo operations.

“The agreement enables Georgia and Virginia to work together to find ways to become more efficient and effective,” said Virginia Ports Authority CEO and executive director John Reinhart. “We are making significant investments at our respective ports to handle the larger vessels and cargo volumes coming to the East Coast. Now we will begin discussing about how to best leverage these assets, collectively and position Georgia and Virginia as the East Coast’s primary cargo gateways.”
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Newly signed agreement marks start of Charleston Harbor deepening project

By John McDermott [email protected] Jul 19, 2017

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An agreement that the Army Corps of Engineers and the State Ports Authority finalized Wednesday kicks off the construction of the $529 million Charleston Harbor deepening, though the dredges get to work for at least a couple of months.

The newly signed legally binding document finalizes the responsibilities for both agencies in terms of funding and tasks. Known as a project partnership agreement, it is required for "water resource projects" involving the U.S. government and "a non-federal sponsor" such as the SPA, the Army Corps said.

“We’re excited to begin the construction phase of the Post 45 project,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Palazzini, who took over as commander of the permitting agency's Charleston District this month. “The signing ... allows us to stay on track with our budget and timeline for eventually deepening the federal channel of Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.”

The estimated costs for the construction phase is $330 million for the federal government and $199 million for the state.

The newly finalized agreement allows the Army Corps to: receive money that South Carolina has already set aside for the dredging work; start spending the $17.5 million in federal funds allocated for the project for the 2017 fiscal year; solicit bids; and award contracts.
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Land deal key part of Charleston port agency's harbor deepening project

By David Wren [email protected] Aug 15, 2017


The State Ports Authority plans to buy about 46 acres of land on Daniel Island across the Wando River from its Wando Welch Terminal (above) as a disposal site for the agency's Charleston Harbor dredging project. Provided/State Ports Authority

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The State Ports Authority hopes to put the finishing touches on preparations to deepen Charleston Harbor by buying 46 acres on Daniel Island from the city of Charleston where dredge material from the $529 million project can be placed.

The maritime agency's board of directors will discuss the purchase Wednesday during a special meeting via teleconference. City Council is expected to give initial approval to the deal Tuesday.

If approved, the SPA would pay $1.5 million for a site on Daniel Island across the Wando River from its Wando Welch Terminal. The transaction would close no later than Sept. 30, according to a proposed contract. The authority would be allowed to place dredge materials on the site under an interim agreement prior to the closing.

"This is the last step in completing our dredge disposal requirements on Daniel Island," SPA spokeswoman Erin Dhand said Tuesday. The property to be purchased is adjacent to another site the SPA already owns where dredge materials are stored.

(...) The Army Corps of Engineers will announce a winning bid for the first phase of entrance channel dredging in October, with bids for other phases to follow. The entire project from Charleston Harbor's entrance to the SPA's North Charleston Terminal should take between 40 to 76 months, depending on funding, dredge availability, weather and other factors.
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Charleston Harbor deepening funds finance 600-acre conservation deal

By John McDermott [email protected] Aug 30, 2017


The State Ports Authority and Lowcountry environmental groups announced the $5 million Cooper River conservation fund at a Silk Hope Plantation event (above) in January 2015. The recently acquired Hyde Park Plantation is nearby. Staff/File

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A conservation group has purchased about 600 acres near the east branch of the Cooper River through a preservation program tied to the Charleston Harbor deepening project.

The Lowcountry Land Trust bought Hyde Park Plantation for $3.525 million from Hyde Park Estates Inc., which had owned it since 1993.

The property is near the Francis Marion National Forest off S.C. Highway 402, between Huger and Cordesville in Berkeley County. It includes more than 100 acres of rice fields and almost 500 acres of woodlands, as well as a main residence, servant’s quarters and a guest house.

“Hyde Park Plantation has extraordinary historic and ecological value and is located in a remarkable area of the Lowcountry,” Lowcountry Land Trust president and CEO Ashley Demosthenes, said in a statement.

The purchase was financed mostly by a $5 million fund that the State Ports Authority set up more than two years ago to conserve land in the Cooper River Historic District to mitigate the environmental effects of dredging the local shipping channel to 52 feet. The rest was financed privately with a $1 million mortgage, according to Berkeley County property records.

"Were going to protect it obviously, because it's currently unencumbered," Demosthenes said of Hyde Park.

The land will be placed under a legally binding conservation easement that will restrict development on the 589-acre property, she said. The Charleston-based nonprofit land trust eventually plans to sell Hyde Park and reinvest the money in other purchases.
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SCPA moves forward with investments amid higher volumes

By Hailey Desormeaux |Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) President and CEO Jim Newsome discussed the port authority’s plans for volume growth and infrastructure investments at the annual State of the Port address on Monday.

SCPA has a record $262.3 million capital investment plan in place for its 2018 fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. This will allow the port to make significant progress on key projects, including terminal updates, new terminal capacity, a deeper harbor and a new headquarters, SCPA said.

The top five FY 2018 approved capital investments include $86.3 million towards the Wando Welch Terminal, SCPA’s busiest container terminal; followed by $54 million towards the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal, a container terminal that is slated to open in 2020; $32.2 million towards Dillon Inland Port, which will open in early 2018; $25 million towards harbor deepening; and $23.3 million towards corporate office investments.

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will take the main channel in Charleston from 45 feet to 52 feet, with the entrance channel dredged to 54 feet. The harbor deepening project is on track to be completed by the end of 2020, a SCPA spokesperson confirmed with American Shipper Monday.

The estimated cost-share for the construction portion of the project is $330 million for the federal government and $199 million for the SCPA, making the total project cost approximately $529 million, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said back in July.
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Charleston Harbor deepening is largest dredging contract in Army Corps history

By David Wren [email protected] Oct 30, 2017

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A key part of the plan to dredge Charleston Harbor to 52 feet received the go-ahead Monday with the announcement of the most expensive contract in the history of the Army Corps of Engineers — a $213 million deal to help make the waterway the deepest on the East Coast and more accessible to supersized cargo ships visiting the Port of Charleston.

"We look forward to seeing dredges in our harbor in the next few months," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority. "The investment in harbor deepening ... and multiple other projects to improve our existing and inland infrastructure will pay dividends to South Carolina's economy for many years to come."

The contract for the second phase of the project was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock of Oak Brook, Ill. The second phase includes deepening the 20-mile inner harbor to 52 feet from 45 feet, from the entrance channel to the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals, including the Hugh Leatherman Terminal under construction on the former Navy base.

(...) Great Lakes also earned the previously awarded $47.2 million first-phase contract to dredge the harbor's entrance channel to a 54-foot depth.

Two more phases will complete the estimated $529 million project.

The first-phase dredging will begin this fall and the entire project is scheduled to wrap up by 2020, when the Leatherman Terminal opens.
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