To VTS/Port Control, 72 hours prior to arrival at the Fairway Buoy.
Port Elizabeth International Airport is served by major world airlines with scheduled flights to all parts of the globe, either direct or via Johannesburg. The Port of Ngqura is only 22kms away from the airport.
Full anchorage is supplied, however, because sometimes the winds may be too strong to handle, vessels should be prepared to proceed to sea at short notice at the approach of bad weather.
Entrance channel width 300 m., depth 18.0 m. Width at pier heads 500 m. Exclusion zone of 500 m. around the St Croix islands group. Approach channel max. draft 18.0 m via the VTS lanes.
Vessels should be sufficiently ballasted to navigate safely within the harbour. No de-ballasting may be done in the port.
All major South African and international banks are represented in Port Elizabeth, just 22km away from the Port of Ngqura
There are 7 berths ranging up to 325m length, with a capability of docking approximately a 340m vessel.
The bunkering services are currently enabled via Road Tankers.
The port deploys a wide range of modern, standard and specialised equipment as appropriate to terminal operations.
All leading maritime nations are represented. DEPTH
The depth of the 7 different berths ranges from 16.00m to 18.00m.
Contact Port Control on Channel 12 & 16 or
Tel.: +27 41 507 8444/5 or+27 41 507 1911
Available at all berths on request.
Arrangements for the handling of hazardous cargo must be made through the Harbour Master. Vessels carrying explosives or dangerous goods are restricted to arrival and movement within the port during daylight hours.
HOURS OF BUSINESS
The Port of Ngqura is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. Working hours at individual terminals and facilities are:
Mon to Fri: 24 hours (not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
Sat: 07:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:0 on request
Sun: 08:00 – 16:00, 18:00 – 22:00 on request
Public holidays: 08:00 – 16:00
362 days (not Christmas Day, New years Day or May 1)
Port office hours
08:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday (not public holidays)
Weather bulletins and reports available from Port of Port Elizabeth’s Radio/ZSC to the Port of Ngqura. Coastal weather bulletins via Navtex at 12:20 and 16:20 hours.
For all vessels requesting pilotage services, four hour of advance notice is required to VTS/Port Control on channel 12. Pilot ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations.
PILOT BOARDING POSITION
Off the Fairway buoy
The calling frequency for VTS/Port Control Cape Town (call sign ZSC) is VHF Channel 12/69 and 16.
Leading South African and world ship’s agents are represented at Port Elizabeth which services the Port of Ngqura
Ngqura stevedoring companies offer services including cargo stowage, lashing and securing, cargo breakout and stowage planning.
The Port of Ngqura has a comprehensive range of covered and open storage facilities.
The tide fall at Ngqura is averaged at 1.5m.
The Port of Ngqura has direct access to the South Africa trunk road network as well as excellent rail infrastructure connecting with all South Africa’s major cities as well as to countries further north.
Sea water density in the harbour is 1.3g/
The Eastern Cape Province generally enjoys a Subtropical Climate with regular rainfall in those summer months, subject to the special factors of its south-easterly latitude.
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
(when telephoning from outside South Africa,
replace the ‘0’ in the national area code with +27
Port Control 041 507 8444
Harbour Master 041 507 8440/3
Port Engineer 041 507 8228
Port Manager 041 507 8495/51
Container Manager 041 507 8201
Container Terminal (24 hours) 041 507 8398
Marketing 041 507 8498
Flying Squad 10111
Fire 041 507 8482
Police 082 828 4931 Disaster Management 079 490 0669/ 079490 0626