To VTS/Port Control, 72 hours prior to arrival at the Fairway Buoy.
Port Elizabeth Airport is served by world airlines with scheduled flights to all parts of the globe, either direct or via Johannesburg.
Good holding ground in Algoa Bay. Recommended anchorage is 1,5 nautical miles to north or south of fairway buoy but clear of channel. There are 3 anchorages in Algoa Bay.
Anchorage No 3: Hazardous Cargo
Anchorage No 2: General
Anchorage No 1: (Small Craft)
Via VTS lanes.
Vessels should be sufficiently ballasted to navigate safely within the harbour.
There are 12 berths ranging up to 318.5m length.
The port deploys a wide range of modern, standard and specialised equipment as appropriate to
All leading maritime nations are represented.
There are no dedicated areas within the Port for cruise liners. They are berthed at 8 and 9 berths depending on space availability and vessel size.
The depth at the entrance channel is 14.5m,
Contact Port Control on Channel 11 or
Tel.: +27 41 507 1911.
Cape Town is the major base for the fishing industry of the region with sophisticated facilities for processing catches and the maintenance of the international fleets.
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 Cape Town is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. Working hours at individual terminals and facilities are:
24 hours (not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
Mon to Fri: 24 hours (not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
362 days (not Christmas Day, New years Day or May 1)
Port office hours
08:00 – 16:30, Monday to Friday (not public holidays)
If carrying hazardous cargoes, berthing and unberthing only during daylight hours.
Weather bulletins and reports available from Cape Town Radio/ZSC. Coastal weather bulletins via Navtex at 12:20 and 16:20 hours.
Facilities for cruise ships are provided Berth at 8 & 9.
For all vessels requesting pilotage services, one hour of advance notice is required to VTS/Port Control on channel 14. Pilot ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations.
PILOT BOARDING POSITION
Off the Fairway buoy
Cape Recife East (True) to a point in the Indian Ocean, distant 1609 m line drawn from the extreme point to the East Bank of the Zwartkops River, east (True) distant 1609 m metres on the eastward by a line drawn between these two points.
The calling frequency for VTS/Port Control Cape Town (call sign ZSC) is VHF Channel 14. Cape Town Radio also uses HF channels: 421, 821, 1221 and 1621 and monitors Morse code transmissions on 500 kHz, R/T on channel 2182 and digital selective calling channels on: 4207.5, 6312.0, 8414.5, 12577.0 and 16804.5 kHz. Distress and safety traffic is conducted on 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290 and 16420 kHz.
Leading South African and world ship’s agents are represented at Port Elizabeh.
Port Elizabeth stevedoring companies offer services including cargo stowage, lashing and securing, cargo breakout, stowage planning, and operation of ship’s equipment, hatch and tank cleaning..