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Port of Port Elizabeth

P O Box 162, Port Elizabeth, 6000
Transnet National Ports Authority Port of Port Elizabeth  6000 South Africa
Customer care: 0860 109 330 / +27 11 351-9400 (International)
LOCATION Latitude 34 ° 01' S (3357, 5 S), Longitude 25 ° 42'E (2538, 5 E)
The Port of Port Elizabeth is a geographically well-positioned, customer-centric, multi-cargo port that prides itself on flexibility and service excellence. It is the gateway for expanding markets, and is not only linked with the rest of the world, but it also has direct transport links into the heart of the African continent.
Situated in Algoa Bay, on the south-eastern coast of Africa,. The port has a container terminal, one of only five (Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town) in South Africa.
Being a congestion free port allows it to maintain high cargo handling rates, fast and efficient ship turnaround and unparalleled service levels. The port is equipped to handle dry bulk, bulk liquid, general cargo and container cargo. Passenger ships usually make use of one of the fruit terminal berths when calling at Port Elizabeth.
The port’s container terminal has three berths totalling 925m in length and a storage area of 22 hectares with 5400 ground slots for stacking purposes. The container terminal is equipped with the latest generation gantry container cranes and straddle carriers.
The break-bulk terminal has six berths totalling 1170m, two bulk berths totalling 360m and a tanker berth of 242m. The tug, fishery and trawler jetties measure 120m, 165m and 136m respectively.


Port Information & Services
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
terminal operations.
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.
The Port of Cape Town is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. Working hours at individual terminals and facilities are:
Ro-Ro Terminal
24 hours (not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
General Cargo
Mon to Fri: 24 hours (not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
Container Terminal
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.
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..




 PE Standard Maintenance Environmental Management Plan

Maintenance EMP_DEA Authorisation.pdf
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Standard Generic Maintenance EMPr PoPE.pdf
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TNPA PoPE HQ Sign-off.pdf
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 Waste Management

21 - TNPA WMP Overall Final A4.pptx
2017-04-24 09:34 AMDegracia Sibiya Transnet National Ports Authority JHB
Port of Port Elizabeth Waste Management Plan January 2017.pdf
2017-04-24 09:35 AMDegracia Sibiya Transnet National Ports Authority JHB
Port of Port Elizabeth Waste Management Posters.pdf
2017-04-24 09:34 AMDegracia Sibiya Transnet National Ports Authority JHB