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31-32 quai de Dion-Bouton
92811 Puteaux Cedex
Phone: (33) 1 46 96 42 84
Fax:     (33) 1 46 96 40 96
31-32 quai de Dion-Bouton
92811 Puteaux Cedex
Phone : (33) 1 46 96 42 84
Fax : (33) 1 46 96 40 96
Mail : exaf@bollore.com
Ports description
Republic of South Africa  

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Durban port map

The main port of South Africa also serving inland countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and Swaziland. It has a large modern harbour protected by N and S breakwaters.

> Berth depth issued June 2016

Facilities exist for most types of cargo handling by shore crane installation or ships gear for breakbulk cargo. There are also container, Ro-Ro, dry and liquid bulk cargo facilities.Various containerised cargo, galvanised coils, bulk-wheat, soda-ash, bulk petcoke, paper, steel, project equipment.

Latitude 29º 52.0' S Longitude 031º 03.0' E.

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> Durban access specification

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Durban port facilities

Durban port facilities

Durban roro presentation

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Port Elizabeth map

The Port of Port Elizabeth is situated in Algoa Bay on the south-eastern coast of Africa, midway between the Ports of Durban (384 nautical miles north-east) and Cape Town (423 nautical miles west). 
The port is striving to be a world class port by adhering to international standards such as ISPS code. 

The port has integrating systems as this provides a framework for a holistic management system that can embrace all the processes and elements that need to be controlled. 

The port has the following accreditations: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and AMS 16001.The port has a system called PortsOnline for acceptance of documents (cargo dues, manifests, outturns) electronically.

Port Elizabeth is the 5th largest port in Southern Africa, based on tonnage handled, and the 3rd largest in terms of revenue earned. The port has a container terminal, one of three in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is equipped with VTS (Vessel Tracking Systems).

Latitude 34 ° 01' S (3357,5 S) Longitude 25 ° 42'E (2538,5 E)

Vessels Limitations
Vessel Maximum lenght (m) Maximum draught
Passenger vessel No limit 10.5 m
Dry cargo vessel No limit 10.5 m
Container vessel No limit 11.7 m
Tankers 203 (660 ft) 9.4 m
Ore carriers 250 (820 ft) 11.7 m
Deeper vessels may be accommodated in consultation with the Harbour master

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East London port map

The Port of East London is situated on the east coast of South Africa between Durban and Port Elizabeth, at the mouth of the Buffalo River. 
East London, South Africa’s only river port serves as the gateway to the entire Border-Kei areas, as well as other southern and central countries.
E Latitude 33 ° 1' S Longitude 27 ° 55'

Oil terminals
East London has one tanker berth. Discharge via 8” flexi line. Current maximum draught alongside 10.1 m.

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east London port access

Ngqura port map

The Port of Ngqura and adjacent Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) 20km east of Port Elizabeth is South Africa's primary location for new industrial investments. 
Situated on South Africa's Eastern Cape coast, equidistant from American, European and Pacific Rim destinations, it is ideally placed to serve both local and international markets.
The IDZ is aimed at industries focused on the beneficiation of the country's natural resources - thus promoting the country as an exporter of value-added products.
The port lies approximately 25 km North East from Port Elizabeth Harbour.

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Richards Bay port map

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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 occupies 2,157 ha of land area and 1,495 ha of water area at present, but has the potential of expanding when required, making Richards Bay
potentially one of the largest ports worldwide. Richards Bay serves the coalfields of KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga Province as well as timber and granite exporters from as far away as the East Cape and Northern Cape Provinces.
Situated at Longitude 32º 02' E and Latitude 28º 48' S. 

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Richards Bay port facilities

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 tons annually.
Representing approximately 60% of South Africa’s seaborne cargo.
SDV  Richards Bay’s Projects Yard opened in October 2013.  The Facility consist of 4700m² in the Richards Bay Port, this laydown area will allow cargo to be staged at Richards Bay for both Import and Export Charter vessels.

Cape Town port map

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Cape Town port facilities

Port Of Cape Town
The Port of Cape Town lies in the shadow of Table Mountain, approximately 120 nautical miles north west of Cape Agulhas – strategically positioned almost at the southern tip of the African continent.  The port serves cargoes moving between Europe and the western hemisphere and the Middle East and Australia, especially containers.  Over the centuries Cape Town has evolved from a staging post on a major east-west trade route into a modern, full service general cargo port renowned for deciduous fruit and fish exports.

To the north of the pilot boarding point (the Fairway Buoy), with a depth of 20-25m. During winter months (April to September) north and northwest winds are frequent. Vessels should be prepared to proceed to sea at short notice at the approach of bad weather.

There are 34 berths ranging up to 318.5m length.

There are bunkering points at some berths, supplying fuel oil, gas oil and blended fuels. Bunkers are also supplied by barge. Diesel oil is not available. Bunkers are supplied by Joint Bunkering Services, a joint venture between BP South Africa, Caltex Oil, Shell SA and Engen Petroleum, allowing customers to choose their supplier while gaining the benefit of economies through the shared distribution system.

The depth at the entrance channel is 15.9m, with 15.4m at the entrance to Duncan Dock and 14m at the entrance to Ben Schoeman Dock. The depth in Duncan Dock varied between 9.9m near the repair quay to 12.4m at the tanker basin. Ben Schoeman Dock varies from 9m to 15.5m depth.

Hours of business
The Port of Cape Town is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year.


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