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Port of Durban

 

P O Box 1027, Durban, 4001
Ocean Terminal Building Port of Durban 4001 South Africa
 
Tel: +27 31 361 3755 Fax: +27 31 361 8920
 
 
LOCATION Latitude -29.869175° , Longitude 31.034514°
 
The Port of Durban is South Africa’s premier multi-cargo port and is counted among the busiest ports in Africa, handling over 80 million tons of cargo
 per annum. The Port of Durban is the leading port in the SADC region and the premier trade gateway between South-South trade, Far East trade, Europe & USA, East & West Africa regional trade. It is the international commercial gateway to South Africa and is strategically positioned on the
 world shipping routes.  It is one of the few ports in the world located in close proximity to the central business district.
 
The Port of Durban occupies a focal point in the transport and logistics chain with 60% of all imports and exports passing through the port, thus it assumes a leading role in facilitating economic growth in South Africa.
 
 
 
 
Port Information & Services
 
 ADVISING ETA
To the Harbour Master, 48 hours prior to arrival, advising ETA, draught freeboard and reasons for calling at the port and any hazardous cargo being carried. To Port Health, between 24 and 48 hours prior to arrival, advising ETA, last port of call, date sailed, number of crew, full inoculation and vaccination status and state of health of crew and requesting radio entry.
 
AIRPORT
King Shaka International Airport is served by major world airlines with scheduled flights to all parts of the globe, either direct or via Johannesburg.
 
ANCHORAGES
Vessels anchor in the roadstead to the North and East of the entrance. Anchoring is prohibited within an area of 3/4 of a Nautical Mile distance from the Fairway Buoy, in the Entrance Channel to the port, and in other areas as demarcated on Charts SAN 1030 and SAN 1031.
 
APPROACHES
Vessels report to Durban Port Control at 12 Nautical Miles and at 6 Nautical Miles from the Fairway Buoy.
 
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.
 
BANKING
All major South African and international banks are represented in Durban.
 
BERTHS
There are 58 berths ranging from 148m to 350m, with depths up to 12.2m.
 
BUNKERS
The Port of Durban has a dedicated berth for bunkering which is operated by Sapref under the Joint bunkering Services system.
 
CARGO HANDLING
The port deploys a wide range of modern, standard and specialised equipment as appropriate to
terminal operations.
 
CONSULAR
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CRUISE SHIPS
Cruise traffic is handled at Durban’s dedicated passenger terminal facility, N Shed, T-Jetty.
 
DEPTH
The entrance channel is dredged to a depth of 12.8m; the principal interior channels and basins to a depth of 12.2m. For individual berths contact Port Control.
 
EMERGENCIES
Contact Port Control on VHF Channel 12 or
Tel.: +27 31 308 2805.
 
FISHING INDUSTRY
Quays for commercial fishing operations are located at Maydon Wharf and the Silt Channel.
 
FRESH WATER
Fresh water supplies are available via pipeline at all berths. The pumping rate is 50 tph.
 
HAZARDOUS CARGO
Arrangements for the handling of hazardous cargo must be made through the Harbour Master. This includes all IMDG cargoes from Class 1 to Class 9, whether bulk or containerised. Vessels carrying explosives or dangerous goods have restricted arrival and movement within the port.
 
HOURS OF BUSINESS
The Port of Durban is open 24 hours, 365 days a year, although cargo working may be restricted on official public holidays.
 
 
 
 
INFORMATION
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..
 
PASSENGER TERMINAL
Facilities for cruise ships are provided at the port of Durban’s passenger terminal facility at N Shed.
 
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.
 
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.
Day
Maximum length     350m (1 148.2 feet)
Maximum beam      51m (167.3 feet)
Maximum draught   14.5m (47.6 feet)
Subject to Harbour Master’s permission and tidal restrictions.
Night
Maximum length     200m (660feet)
Maximum beam      26m (85feet)
Maximum draught   11.6m (38feet)
Larger vessels may be accommodated on request to the Harbour Master.
 
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.
 
SHIP REPAIR
The Port of Durban is equipped to handle ship repairs at the Prince Edward Graving Dock, two floating docks and a slipway (see page
82).
 
SHIP’S AGENTS
Leading South African and world ship’s agents are represented at the Port of Durban.
 
STEVEDORING
Stevedoring is varied out by private-sector operators in Durban.

 

 STORAGE
The Port of Durban has a comprehensive range of covered and open storage facilities.
 
TIDE
Tidefall at mean high water springs is 1.8m and 0.49m and mean low water neaps.
 
TRANSPORTATION
The Port of Durban has direct access to the South Africa trunk road network as well as excellent rail infrastructure connecting with all South Africa’s major cities.
 
 
WATER DENSITY
Seawater density in the harbour is 1.025g/cm³.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
(when telephoning from outside South Africa,
replace the ‘0’ in the national area code with +27)
 
Port Control                                031 361 8567
Harbour Master                           031 361 8496
Port Engineer                              031 361 8811
Port Manager                              031 361 8821
Marketing                                   031 361 8804
 
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Police                                                        10111
Fire                                           031 361 6333
Sea Rescue                                                083 276 2766
Security                                     031 361 8918
  
 
 
 
 
PORT OF DURBAN BERTHS (Designed Specifications) Length and Depth in meters
 
 
BERTHS
LENGHT
MAX DEPTH
MAX DRAUGHT
 
 
 
 
POINT
 
 
 
Tug Jetty
154
6.0
5.7
A Berth extension
32
11.7
11.4
A Berth
216
11.7
11.4
B Berth
219
10.5
10.2
C Berth
260
12.8
12.5
D Berth
250
12.8
12.5
E Berth
250
12.8
12.5
F Berth
250
12.8
12.5
G Berth
250
12.8
12.5
M Berth
397
12.2
11.9
N Berth
260
12.2
11.9
O Berth
310
12.2
11.9
P Berth
310
10.9
10.6
Q Berth
201
10.9
10.6
R Berth
201
10.9
10.6
 
 
 
 
MAYDON WHARF
 
 
 
Berth 1
152
9.9
9.6
Berth 2
153
9.9
9.6
Berth 3
150
9.9
9.6
Berth 4
150
9.9
9.6
Berth 5
200
9.9
9.6
Berth 6
175
9.9
9.6
Berth 7
273
9.9
9.6
Berth 8
192
10.6
10.3
Berth 9
149
9.9
9.6
Berth 10
152
9.9
9.6
Berth 11
223
10.6
10.3
Berth 12
266
6.1
5.8
Berth 13
141
9.9
9.6
Berth 14
141
9.9
9.6
Berth 15
281
9.9
9.6
Fish Wharf and Jetty
441
6.1
5.8
 
 
 
 
PIER NO. 1
 
 
 
Berth 100
50
9.1
8.8
Berth 101
221
12.8
12.5
Berth 102
221
12.8
12.5
Berth 103
220
12.8
12.5
Berth 104
362
12.8
12.5
Berth 105
235
12.8
12.5
Berth 106
213
12.8
12.5
Berth 107
238
12.8
12.5
 
 
 
 
CROSSBERTH
 
 
 
Crossberth 108
273
12.8
12.5
Crossberth 109
272
12.8
12.5
 
 
 
 
PIER NO. 2
 
 
 
Berth 200
167
12.8
12.0
Berth 201
225
12.8
12.2
Berth 202
225
12.8
12.5
Berth 203
305
12.8
12.5
Berth 204
305
12.8
12.5
Berth 205
305
12.8
12.5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ISLAND VIEW
 
 
 
Berth 1
213
12.8
12.5
Berth 2
185
12.8
12.5
Berth 3
168
12.8
12.5
Berth 4
186
10.6
10.3
Berth 5
185
12.8
12.5
Berth 6
185
12.8
12.5
Berth 7
230
12.8
12.5
Berth 8
230
12.8
12.5
Berth 9
245
12.8
12.5
 
 
 
 
BLUFF
 
 
 
BCA 1
312
9.1
8.8
BCA 2
98
10.3
10.0
BCA 3
110
9.1
8.8
BCA 4
130
10.6
10.3
 
 
 
 
BAYHEAD
 
 
 
Graving Dock
352
11.3
 n/a
Repair quay (24)
225
6.1
5.8
Dept. repair jetty
146
6.1
5.8
Ship repair jetty
149
8.5
8.2
Fish Wharf
154
4.8
4.5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The data is for guidance only. Please consult the Port Captain's Office for the latest information.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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