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Port Of Richards Bay

P O Box 181, Richards Bay, 3900
Transnet National Ports Authority Port of Richards Bay 3900 South Africa
 
 
Customer care: 0860 109 330 / +27 11 351-9400 (International) customercare.tnpa@transnet.net           
 
 
LOCATION Latitude 28˚ 48’S, Longitude 32˚ 02’E
 
The Port of Richards Bay is located approximately 160 km North-East of Durban and 465 km South of Maputo on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. 
 
The Port is one of South Africa’s eight operational commercial ports under the auspices of the Authority with great potential to play a key role in the
 shaping of South Africa’s future growth and prosperity.  Established only in 1976 primarily for the export of 26 million tonnes of coal over the first
 ten years, the Port is one of the newest ports within the Authority’s stable.  However, it has become of age within a relatively short period; with
 the establishment of one new berth every second year on average. 
 
The combination of specialized cargo handling facilities, fast vessel turnaround, deep water infrastructure, excellent rail links to the hinterland and
 the large greenfield development potential, has made the Port one world’s leading bulk ports, handling in excess of 80 million tonnes annually,
 representing approximately 60% of South Africa’s seaborne cargo.
 
The opening of the Port transformed a small fishing village into a dynamic industrial Port. 
 
 
 
Port Information & Services
 
 
 ADVISING ETA
The Port Control is manned 24 hours a day.  Channel 16 VHF is the calling frequency, with messages being passed on VHF Channel 12.  Vessels should radio Port Control prior to the arrival, advising ETA.  When vessels enter the VTS zone (the initial arrival point – 15 miles) they must advise Port Control of their draft free-board and any other VTS information requested. 
 
AIRPORT
Richards Bay Airport is independently managed and not part of the network of larger airports operated by the parastatal Airports Company South Africa – Return flights to Johannesburg - OR Tambo International Airport.
 
ANCHORAGES
The outer anchorage is 3-6 miles south-east of the south breakwater.  Caution should be exercised during strong SW and NE winds as vessels have lost their anchors in the past.
 
Note:  Anchorage immediately to the north of the Port entrance channel is a prohibited area due to the location of an offshore pipeline (SA Notices to Mariners 44/83).  When determining outer anchorage position, vessels are required not to anchor within prohibited areas as listed in the local chart.
 
APPROACHES
Via VTS lanes.
 
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.
 
BANKING
All major South African and international banks are represented in Cape Town.
 
BERTHS
There are 23 berths ranging up to 350m length. See Berth details.
 
BUNKERS
Bunkering points are available at Berths 209, 301 and 302.  The maximum vessel size permitted alongside Berth 209 is 225m LOA, 12,5m draft or not more than 67 000 dwt.  Bunkers can also be provided by bunker barge, “Smit Bongani” operated by Smit Amandla marine (Pty) Ltd at the Port.
 
CARGO HANDLING
The Port hosts six cargo-handling terminals equipped to ensure that our clients can compete in the global area.
 
CONSULAR
All leading maritime nations are represented.
 
 
CRUISE SHIPS
There are no dedicated areas within the Port for cruise liners. Liners are berthed at suitable berths, depending on space availability and vessel size, or berthed at the Small Craft Port.   
 
DEPTH
The Port entrance channel has a width of 300m, extending seawards 400m beyond the breakwater to a depth of 22m.  
 
EMERGENCIES
Contact Port Control on Channel 12 & 16 or
Tel.: +27 35 905 3444/3401
Contact Port Fire Emergency
Tel.:  +27 83 708 0830
 
FISHING INDUSTRY
n/a
 
FRESH WATER
Available at all berths upon request.
 
HAZARDOUS CARGO
Arrangements for the handling of hazardous cargo must be made through the Port Master. Vessels carrying explosives or dangerous goods are restricted to arrival and movement within the port during daylight hours.  (Refer to the Port Rules for SA Ports and the Harbour Master’s Written Instructions).
 
HOURS OF BUSINESS
The Port of Richards Bays Authority’s administrative office hours:  08:00 – 16:00 (Monday to Friday – not public holidays).
The Port Authority’s Marine Services hours:  24-hour service, 7 days a week, except Christmas day.  
Terminals:  24-hours, 7 days a week.  (Notes:  Closures over public holidays vary per terminal). 
 
 
 
 
INFORMATION
Weather bulletins and reports available from South African Weather Service, East Coast Radio or Port Control.  Coastal weather bulletins via Navtex at 12:20 and 16:20 hours.
 
PASSENGER TERMINAL
There is no dedicated cruise liner terminal.  Facilities for cruise liners are provided at various berths, depending on availability at the Small Craft Port and the size of the liner.    
 
PILOTAGE
Pilotage is compulsory.  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.
 
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.  The lower ledge of the accommodation ladder must not be more than nine metres above sea level (as per IMO Resolution A.889(21)). 
 
PORT LIMITS
Six mile limit south-east of South Breakwater.
 
RADIO
The calling frequency is VHF Channel 12.  VHF Channel 16 is monitored for emergency purposes. 
 
SHIP REPAIR
No dedicated ship repair berth facility.  A Repair Berth is located at the Small Craft Port (See Berth details). 
 
SHIP’S AGENTS
Leading South African and world ship’s agents are represented at Richards Bay.
 
STEVEDORING
Richards Bay stevedoring companies offer a number of various services. 
 
STORAGE
The Port has a comprehensive range of covered and open storage facilities.
 
TIDE
The tide fall at Richards Bay is 2.47m.
(Refer to SA Navy Tide Tables).
 
TRANSPORTATION
The Port of Richards Bay’s main hinterland comprises the northern KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Mpumalanga regions.
 
The Port has 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.
 
 
WATER DENSITY
Seawater density in the Port is 1.025g/cm³.
 
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). Sunrise is at 04h45 and sunset at 19h00 in summer. In winter sunrise is at 06h20 and sunset at 17h00. Richards Bay is a popular kite surfing destination thanks to consistent winds blowing from the North East.
 
The Richards Bay area is generally very flat and is situated on a coastal plain. The terrain rises slightly towards the west. The suburbs are all no more than a few metres (Reneging around 140m) (feet 459.3ft) above sea level. The area is abundant in coastal dune forest, most notably along the coastal dune belt and in the suburb of Meerensee
 
During the winter months (April to September) north and northwest winds backing to the southwest are frequent. Westerly gales can cause heavy range action at berths; in the summer (October to March) the prevailing wind is from the southeast popularly known as the Cape Doctor, which can reach gale force at times.
 
 
 
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
(when telephoning from outside South Africa,
replace the ‘0’ in the national area code with +27)
 
Port Control                                035 905 3444
Harbour Master                           035 905 3984
Port Engineer                              035 905 3985
Port Manager                              035 905 3203
Marketing                                   035 905 3907
 
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Flying Squad                               10111
Fire                                           035 797 3911
Port Emergency Fire Team            083 708 0830
Sea Rescue                                                082 990 5949
Police                                        035 901 2475
SAP Water Wing                          035 788 9800
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
PORT OF RICHARDS BAY BERTHS (Designed Specifications) Length and Depth in meters
 
 
BERTH
CARGO TYPE
LENGTH
DREDGED DEPTH
MAX DRAFT
DIE DUINE
 
208
Bulk Liquids
250m
-14.0m
12.5m
 
209
Bulk Liquids
300m
-14.0m
12.5m
 
301
Coal
350m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
302
Coal
350m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
303
Coal
350m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
304
Coal
350m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
305
Coal
184m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
306
Coal
280m
-19.0m
17.5m
UMHLATUZI
 
 
 
 
 
 
606
General
220m
-14.5m
13.5m
 
607
General
220m
-14.5m
13.5m
 
608
General
204m
-14.5m
13.5m
 
609
Bulk
300m
-14.5m
14.0m
BAYVUE
 
 
 
 
 
 
701
Bulk
240m
-14.5m
14.0m
 
702
Bulk
300m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
703
Bulk
240m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
704
Bulk
240m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
705
General
280m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
706
General
200m
-14.7m
13.5m
 
707
General
200m
-14.7m
13.5m
 
708
General
200m
-14.7m
13.5m
 
801
Bulk
260m
-19.0m
17.5m
 
802
Bulk
260m
-19.0m
17.5m
SMALL CRAFT PORT
 
 
 
 
 
 
Repair berth
 
300m
-8.0m
7.5m
 
Dredger berth
 
150m
-7.0m
N/A
 
Tug berths
 
180m
-7.0m
N/A
 
Work boat berths
 
165m
-4.0m
N/A
 
Port Craft berths
 
150m
-4.0m
N/A
 
Launch Jetty
 
170m
-4.0m
N/A