Port Elizabeth Attorneys

PORT OF SALDANHA BAY

LOCATION

Latitude 33”2”S | Longitude 17”5”E

PILOTAGE

Pilot is compulsory for all vessels arriving at the port. Pilot transfer is by pilot boat, unless otherwise advised. When pilot is embarking by pilot boat, ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations. Cape Town has two fast pilot boats equipped with radar and VHF telephone.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1025g/cm3.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

North head light bearing 058”at five miles. Tankers must stay six miles off and south of the 080” line prior to boarding.

PORT LIMITS

The Port of Saldanha Bay accepts vessels of up to 20.5m draught although the harbour master conditionally accepts vessels with a draught of 21.5m. The port entrance channel is dredged to a depth of -23m Chart Datum and -23.7m CD at the commencing of the entrance channel. The entrance channel has a minimum width of 400m. The turning basin seaward of the jetty has a diameter of 580m and a depth of – 23.2m CD.

APPROACHES

The depth of the main navigation channel of the jetties is 23m and 23.7m at its start. It has a minimum width of 400m.

TIDE

Tide fall at Saldanha Bay ranges as per tide table, average is 1.8m at 6 hourly intervals.

WEATHER

The Port of Saldanha operates under open sea conditions, with wind and swells as factors always to be considered. In the winter the prevailing winds are from North West, in the summer month’s morning’s southeaster swing to south west.

BALLAST

Vessels should be sufficiently ballasted to allow safe navigation within the harbour. Only clean, locally loaded ballast water, may be discharged within the port.

RADIO

The port communications are handled on channels VHF 12 and 16 also on 29Mhz r/t Channel A at Saldanha.

BUNKERS

No Pipelines delivered bunkers are available. Gas, Oil and diesel, supplied from Cape Town, is available at the ore berths but must be ordered in advance through the ship’s agent. The Government and Sea Harvest quays have private bunker lines.

BERTHS

There are 4 x MPT berths, 2 x Iron Ore berth’s and 1 x Crude Oil berth ranging up to 318.5m.

PORT OF CAPE TOWN

LOCATION

Latitude 33.54S | Longitude 18.26E

PILOTAGE

Pilot is compulsory. Rendezvous point is 1.6 nautical miles SE of the port entrance on the leading lights. Pilot transfer is by pilot boat, unless otherwise advised. When pilot is embarking by pilot boat, ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations. Cape Town has two fast pilot boats equipped with radar and VHF telephone.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1025g/cm3.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

Pilot station | Longitude 18.423300 DMS Long | 18° 25′ 23.8800” E

PORT LIMITS

The entrance channel has a depth of 17m and Chart Datum, is 15.4m and a channel width of 180m.

APPROACHES

Vessels report to Cape Town Port Control at 12 Nautical Miles and at 6 Nautical Miles from the pilot station.

TIDE

Tide fall at Cape Town is 1.2m.

WEATHER

THE Cape Town region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, but also subject to special factors of its southern latitude. During the winter months, April to September, north and northwest winds backing to southwest are frequent. West gales can occur particular during winter, which can result in heavy range action at the berths (average temp. 10-18deg). During summer months October to March, the prevailing winds are southeast. They reach gale force. (average temp. 18-26deg).

BALLAST

Vessels must be adequately ballasted to permit safe navigation within the port. Only clean, locally loaded ballast water, may be discharged within the port.

RADIO

The Port of Durban port control and the signal station are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The port working channel is VHF channel 14.

BUNKERS

The Port of Cape Town has major bunker suppliers and bunker can only be supplied alongside berth.

BERTHS

There are 29 berths ranging from 148m to 300m, with depths up to 15m.

PORT OF PORT ELIZABETH

LOCATION

Latitude 34º 01’S | Longitude 25º 42’E

PILOTAGE

Pilotage is compulsory. Rendezvous point is 2.2 nautical miles NE of the port entrance on the leading lights. Pilot transfer is by pilot boat, unless otherwise advised. When pilot is embarking by pilot boat, ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations. Port Elizabeth has one fast pilot boats equipped with radar and VHF telephone.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1.024g/cm³.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

Off the Fairway buoy.

PORT LIMITS

The entrance channel has a max draft of 11.80 Metres, however with the Port Captain’s permission and on a rising tide vessel with a draft of 12.05 Metres have been able to sail from the port; this however is subject to the individual draft restrictions at the cargo berths.

APPROACHES

The anchorage positions differ, the vessel must contact port control on channel 12 once approaching and port control will advise the vessel accordingly.

TIDE

Tide fall at mean high water springs is 1.72 m and 0.37 and mean low water neaps.

WEATHER

The Windy City” has a subtropical climate with light rain throughout the year. Under the Köppen climate classification, Port Elizabeth has an oceanic climate. The area lies between the winter rainfall, Mediterranean climate zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. Winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa’s east coast. The climate is very even throughout the year with extreme heat or moderate cold rare.

BALLAST

Vessels must be adequately ballasted to permit safe navigation within the port. Only clean, locally loaded ballast water, may be discharged within the port.

RADIO

The Port of Port Elizabeth port control and the signal station are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The port working channel is VHF channel 12 and 2182 kHz frequency.

BUNKERS

The Port of Port Elizabeth has major bunker suppliers and bunker can be supplied alongside berth and also at the Algoa Bay anchorage.

BERTHS

There are 12 berths ranging from 120m to 315m, with depths up to 11.70m.

PORT OF NGQURA

LOCATION

Latitude 33º 46’S | Longitude 25º 40’E

PILOTAGE

Pilotage is compulsory. Rendezvous point is 2.2 nautical miles NE of the port entrance on the leading lights. Pilot transfer is by pilot boat, unless otherwise advised. When pilot is embarking by pilot boat, ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations. Ngqura has one fast pilot boats equipped with radar and VHF telephone.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1.024g/cm³.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

Off the Fairway buoy.

PORT LIMITS

The entrance channel has a max draft of 18.00 Metres, berths are restricted to 16.80 Metres.

APPROACHES

The anchorage positions differ, the vessel must contact port control on channel 12 once approaching and port control will advise the vessel accordingly.

TIDE

Tide fall at mean high water springs is 1.72 m and 0.37 and mean low water neaps.

WEATHER

Situated in Algoa Bay the port of Ngqura falls within the city limits of Port Elizabeth “The Windy City”, and has a subtropical climate with light rain throughout the year. Under the Köppen climate classification, Port Elizabeth has an oceanic climate. The area lies between the winter rainfall, Mediterranean climate zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. Winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa’s east coast. The climate is very even throughout the year with extreme heat or moderate cold rare.

BALLAST

Vessels must be adequately ballasted to permit safe navigation within the port. No ballast water may be discharged within the port.

RADIO

The Port of Ngqura port control and the signal station are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The port working channel is VHF channel 12 and 2182 kHz frequency.

BUNKERS

The Port of Ngqura is an environmentally protected area and no bunkers are permitted in the port, however bunkering service is offered at the anchorage positions in the Algoa Bay anchorage area.

BERTHS

There are 7 berths, 4 Container Terminal berths and 3 MPT berths.

PORT OF EAST LONDON

East London is a river port, on the mainland, situated on the Buffalo River, north east of Port Elizabeth on the east coast of South Africa. Depths of water in the entrance channel and harbour are maintained by two modern dredgers with a minimum depth in the entrance channel of 12,7m and a permitted maximum draft in the harbour of 10,0m.

LOCATION

Latitude 33º 01’S | Longitude 27º 55’E

PILOTAGE

Two miles north east of main breakwater – East London Port Control – VHF Channel
  1. Pilotage compulsory. Pilot boat black hull, white superstructure. There are no helicopter facilities. 2 pilots are available, one being required per vessel. Minimum draft – safe and effective control of the vessel.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1.025g/cm³.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

Two miles north east of main breakwater. No buoys exist.

PORT LIMITS

Draft permissible at entrance : 10,40 m to berth/sail on high water only, depending on weather conditions. Master to draft indemnity. This draft restriction, may, however, be increased to 10,40 m provided the vessel completes and sails on a rising tide. The Master is to sign an indemnity form confirming that his vessel will be ready to sail at the top of the tide and, by failure to do so; there will be no recourse to the Port Authorities for any delayed sailing, etc. The size of a Panamax vessel able to enter the harbour is controlled by the draft and depth of water over the bar, i.e. 10m plus, on application to the Port Captain, 0,4 m dependent on tide and weather conditions.

APPROACHES

One mile east of main breakwater. There are no special anchorages. There is no prohibited anchorage. Holding ground is good, sand in 35m of water.

TIDE

Tide fall at mean high water springs is 1.72 m and 0.37 and mean low water neaps.

WEATHER

Temperate/sub-tropical. Winds north easterly and south westerly.

BALLAST

Vessels must be adequately ballasted to permit safe navigation within the port. Only clean, locally loaded ballast water, may be discharged within the port.

RADIO

The Port of East London port control and the signal station are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call VHF East London Port Control, Channel 16 – working VHF East London Port Control, Channel 12.

BUNKERS

The tanker berth can accommodate vessels up to a maximum length of 204,20 metres and a draft of 10,0 metres. Bunkering – heavy fuel oil and gas oil by direct pipeline at grain elevator.

FACILITIES

All berths are operated by the Port Authority. The port owns a fleet of mobile cranes, forklifts, trucks, shunting tractors, straddle carriers, haulers and trailers.

BERTHS

The port has 11 berths able to accommodate all types of cargoes, a dry dock for any form of bottom repair and a grain elevator to handle free-flowing grain products. Exports are principally made up of maize, minerals and prepared fruit. Imports include motor vehicle components, machinery, wheat, maize, and chemical and petroleum products.

PORT OF DURBAN

LOCATION

Latitude 29.869175° | Longitude 31.034514°

PILOTAGE

Pilotage is compulsory. Rendezvous point is three nautical miles NE of the port entrance on the leading lights. Pilot transfer is by helicopter, unless otherwise advised. When pilot is embarking by pilot boat, ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations. Durban has two fast pilot boats equipped with radar and VHF telephone.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1.025g/cm³.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

Off the Fairway buoy.

PORT LIMITS

The entrance channel has a depth of 19m (62.3 feet) from Chart Datum, and a width of 222m (728.3 feet) between caissons.

APPROACHES

Vessels report to Durban Port Control at 12 Nautical Miles and at 6 Nautical Miles from the Fairway Buoy.

TIDE

Tide fall at mean high water springs is 1.8m and 0.49m and mean low water neaps.

WEATHER

Durban enjoys a sub-tropical climate with warm winters and temperatures ranging from 15°C-26°C. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures between 22°C and 35°C and periods of heavy rainfall.

BALLAST

Vessels must be adequately ballasted to permit safe navigation within the port. Only clean, locally loaded ballast water, may be discharged within the port.

RADIO

The Port of Durban port control and the signal station are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The port working channel is VHF channel 12 and 2182 kHz frequency is monitored by the Bluff Signal Station only.

BUNKERS

The Port of Durban has major bunker suppliers and bunker can only be supplied alongside berth.

BERTHS

There are 58 berths ranging from 148m to 350m, with depths up to 12.2m.

PORT OF RICHARDS BAY

LOCATION

Latitude 28˚ 48’S, Longitude 32˚ 02’E

PILOTAGE

Pilot is compulsory for all vessel arriving at the port. Marine Pilots are transferred to and from vessels by helicopter. A pilot boat is on standby should the helicopter not be available. The latest International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Guide to helicopter/operations should be consulted and fully adhered to. General communication with the helicopter is on VHF Channel 14. Port Control will advise which side the ladder should be rigged. Man ropes must be provided – pilot hoists are not acceptable. Vessels are served in order of priority in terms of the Marine Resource Reservation System.

WATER DENSITY

Seawater density in the harbour is 1025g/cm3.

PILOT BOARDING POSITION

Boarding points are determined by the Marine Pilot within an area designated for pilot boarding as per local navigation chart. All vessels with a freeboard in excess of nine metres, must have an accommodation ladder rigged in conjunction with the pilot ladder.

PORT LIMITS

Six mile limit south-east of South Breakwater.

APPROACHES

Via VTS lanes.

TIDE

The tide fall at Richards Bay is 2.47m.

WEATHER

Richards Bay is characterized by a subtropical climate with warm wet summers and mild moist to dry winters, which are frost-free. The town has an average annual rainfall of 1228 millimeters (48.3 in). The average annual temperature is 21.5°C (71°F), with daytime maxima peaking from January to March at 29°C (84°F), and the minimum is 21°C (70°F), dropping to daytime highs from June to August of 23°C (73°F) and a minimum of 12°C (53°F).

BALLAST

Vessels should be sufficiently ballasted to navigate safely within the Port. For vessels up to 250 m in length: Fwd draft: 2% in length overall / Aft draft: 3% in length overall. For vessels in excess of 250 m in length: Fwd draft: 2½% in length overall / Aft draft: 3½% in length overall.

RADIO

The calling frequency is VHF Channel 12. VHF Channel 16 is monitored for emergency purposes.

BUNKERS

Bunkers can be supplied by bunker barge during cargo operations.

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