Cape Town, South Africa Generated from Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ports and Terminals Guide on 06 Apr 2009 Status Port Open UN Locode ZACPT Latitude 33º 56.0' S Longitude 018º 26.0' E Max Draft 13.7 Time Zone GMT +2 Worldscale No PORT DESCRIPTION Location: Cape Town is situated in Table Bay on the SW coast of South Africa. General overview: The port consists of four main basins; the Victoria Basin, the Alfred Basin, Duncan Dock and Ben Schoeman Dock, all protected by breakwaters. Good anchorage is found in the bay. Ben Schoeman Dock, 1,800m x 500m, is the newest extension. The major part of the basin is dredged to 14m CD (harbour). Max draught 12.8m. Duncan Dock, 1,800m x 600m, provides over 4,000m berthing face. The entrance is 180m wide and the main part of the basin is dredged to 12.9m tidal. Max draught 12.0m. Victoria Basin, approx 500m x 500m with three jetties, provides 2,200m quayage with depths between 9.9m and 5.2m. It is used mainly for trawler traffic. Alfred Basin, 300m x 100m, SW of Victoria Basin, is dredged to an average depth of 4.0m. It provides 740m of quayage and access to Robinson graving dock and synchrolift. The Western Cape is mainly an agricultural area and the main types of cargo exported are: Deciduous and citrus fruit, wine, spirits and juice concentrates, fish (frozen, salted and dried), dried flowers, fresh produce (potatoes, onions), bulk polymer (yarn), canned foodstuffs, scrap metal, granite blocks, copper ingots, meat (chilled and frozen), clinker cement and corrugated cardboard cartons. Imported cargoes are: Steel goods, machinery, paper, sawn timber, logs, floor and wall tiles, chemicals, clothing and shoes, sports goods, meat (chilled and frozen) and bulk maize. Traffic figures: Approx 4,000 vessels; 131,000,000gt, 316,000TEU and approx 8,000,000t of cargo handled annually. Load Line zone: Summer. Max size: Permissible vessel dimensions: Depth at entrance channel 15.9m Entrance depth at CD: Victoria Basin 11.6m Duncan Dock 13.4m Ben Schoeman Dock 14.0m Permissible vessel dimensions: Max length 350.0m Max beam 87.0m Max draught 13.7m The above dimensions are applicable provided the level of the tide is at least 0.9m above CD. Large vessels up to 350,000DWT in light condition displacing not more than 150,000t with a draught of max 10.7m may under normal conditions be berthed for bunkering or repairs. PRE ARRIVAL INFORMATION ETA's: Port authorities require ETA advice as soon as possible. For cargo working vessels, 10 days notice of arrival is required. For vessels calling for bunkers, a min of 3 working days notice of arrival is required. All ETA advices to be sent to agent who will notify all parties concerned. Documentation required: For Imports Harbour Revenue require a single unfreighted container and breakbulk manifest three days prior to vessel's arrival. A container list with status, weights, cell position, size and discharge details, ie transhipment, rail or local details is required by Portnet, 72 hours prior to arrival. Stowage details and the cargo plan is required by Portnet Planning office 10 days prior to vessel's arrival. In addition the following documents are required: Customs: 1. Form DA1 - Report inwards/outwards for ships 2. Form DA3 - Certificate of clearance for ships 3. Form DA4 - Transire, for destination in RSA 4. Form DA5 - List of sealable goods onboard ship 5. Crew List (6 copies) Post Office: Require a Certificate of Departure; Post Office Clearance Certificate. Port Heath: 1. Maritime Declaration of Health 2. Crew List (with last vaccination dates) 3. Derat Certificate Port Authority: 1. Departure Notification 2. Ship's Manifest 3. Ship Master's Report 4. Declaration of Health 5. Set Vaccination List 6. Derat Certificate 7. In transit Passenger List (2 copies) 8. Crew List (2 copies) 9. Crew Sealable Goods 10. Landing Passenger List (4 copies) 11. Crew Declarations 12. Inventory of Slop Chest 13. Arrival/Departure Record 14. Livestock Form 15. Ship's Main Declaration 16. Report of Arrival (to pilot) 17. Leaving Certificate 18. Clearance Certificate 19. Certificate of Medical Officer 20. Light Dues Certicifate Cargo documentation: All documentation handled by agents. Communications: Cape Town Radio to be used for passing ETA's. This station operates throughout 24 hours. Port Elizabeth and Durban Radio have been centralised to Cape Town Radio. No matter what station is called, an operator at Cape Town Radio will answer. One person answering all commercial traffic and one person each looking after SOLAS events for Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban Radio. Navigation Warnings Cape Town Radio/ZSC A centralised single voice weather and navigational warning broadcast, combining maritime safety information for the whole coast and adjacent areas. The announcement is made on VHF Ch 16 and on MF 2,182kHz. Presentation takes place from Cape Town Radio at 1015 and 1815 hours daily. Also a centralised coastal weather report is effected from 1333 hours daily and transmission is effected on HF 4435, 8800 and 13146kHz and on the following VHF channels. Station VHF (Ch) Station VHF (Ch) Alexander Bay 04 Pearly Beach 85 Port Nolloth 01 Struisbaai 84 Hondeklipbaai 25 Albertinia 86 Doringbaai 03 Knysna 23 Elandsbaai 23 Kareedouw 24 Saldanha Bay 27 Botha's Hill 25 Milnerton 25 Botha's Hill 27 Constantiaberg 26 Governorskop 83 Hermanus 04 East London 26 Mazeppa Bay 28 Bluff (Durban) 26 Port St Johns 24 Richards Bay 28 Port Edward 27 Cape St Lucia 25 Port Shepstone 26 Sodwana 03 Kosi Bay 01 Channels available but excluded from the broadcast: Ch 16 at all sites; Milnerton Ch 01; Constantiaberg Ch 24; Albertinia Ch 03; Bluff Ch 01; Richards Bay Ch 24. Health regulations: If Inmarsat available vessel can send a telex requesting pratique to agent who will submit to Port Health and confirm with the Master when pratique is granted. Alternatively vessel can cable Porthealth Cape Town via Cape Town Radio and request pratique directly. Although not compulsory Cholera and Yellow Fever vaccinations are recommended. Customs and immigration: Customs require, two unfreighted container and breakbulk manifests three days prior to vessels arrival. On completion of vessel, Customs again require a copy of unfreighted manifests plus clients bills of entry for acquitting purposes. Export Customs require an unfreighted manifest and a "Certified True Copy" of all Bills of Lading for acquittal purposes. Custom Officials will board vessel on docking and supply the necessary forms to be completed by Master. Crew are allowed 200 cigarettes and/or 115gm tobacco, no alcohol allowed for crew. Officers are allowed 200 cigarettes and/or 230gm tobacco plus 1 litre spirits, 3 litres wine and 3 litres (9 cans) beer. After 4 day s in port Customs will issue again. Excesses found will be confiscated and a penalty charged depending on quantities. Immigration Authorities will board vessel on docking and supply the necessary forms for Master to complete. Crew/Passengers are not allowed to leave the magisterial district of Cape Town without prior permission from Immigration. Standard messages: All communications to be directed via agent. Agents will liaise with Authorities regarding berth or working of vessel and keep Master, owners or operators informed. Master to contact Port Control 2 hours before arrival on VHF Ch 16 for berthing and pilot instructions. Flags: As per international regulations. Notices of readiness: NOR to be tendered on arrival. A vessel is deemed to have arrived on crossing the Imaginary straight line drawn between Green Point and Robben Island Lighthouses. General notices & regulations: The regulations for the harbours of the Republic of South Africa are in force within the port limits of Table Bay. NAVIGATION Port limits: Position of seaward boundaries: Westwards by a straight line between Green Point and Robben Island Lighthouses, and northwards by a straight line from Robben Island Lighthouse E (T) to the eastern shore of Table Bay, then southwards along high water mark, so as to include the foreshore to the Castle, then back to Green Point Lighthouse. Sea buoys, fairways and channels:The Racon Buoy position: Breakwater bearing 170° (T ) x 1.9nm Racon NW. The SE corner of the dredged channel is marked by a lightbuoy. A pair of lightbuoys, No 1 and 2, mark the outer end of the channel. A 1nm long entrance channel from buoys, dredged to 16m over a width of 450m, leads from the roads to the SSE to the harbour entrance. Avoid Whale Rock, with buoy in position 33° 50.4'S 018° 23.2'E (Fl 6+ 1 10s). Pilot: Pilotage is compulsory and available throughout 24 hours. , Radio callsign 'port operations', Ch 14. ETA messages should be sent as soon as possible and should be updated 72 hours before arrival. One hour's notice to be given to Port Control on Ch 14. Pilots board vessel 33° 52.4'S 018° 24.0'E (1.5nm SW of Fai rway Lightbuoy). Pilot ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations and the 9.0m max climb is strictly adhered to. Man ropes must be supplied and pilot hoists are not acceptable, except by prior arrangement and subject to prevailing weather conditions. Description of pilot cutter: White and black with 'pilots' on the side of the vessel. The language predominantly used is English. Number of pilots available/required: One pilot per vessel. Min drafts, trim required: By arrangement dependant on weather conditions. Pilot boarding operation by helicopter is being considered. Anchorages: Anchorages are charted. Vessels may enter anywhere within the port limits, except for prohibited areas. Anchorage is prohibited in the dredged channel and approaches up to 2nm NNW of the breakwater light. Its SE corner is marked by a lightbuoy. The holding ground is not good in strong winds. In winter months there is no safe anchorage during W gales. Vessels should have main engines available and be prepared to get underway and steam seaward when these conditions prevail. Tidal range and flow: Range max 1.8m springs; max 1.2m neaps. There is no significant tidal current, but heavy range action is sometimes experienced at berths, particularly during the winter months as a result of W gales. Dock density: 1025. Weather: During summer months from Oct to Feb it is dry with little rain and the prevailing wind is SE, at times rising to gale force. NW gales backing to SW are common in winter, particularly during Jun, Jul and Aug. During winter gales moderate scend can be experienced in the docks. Fog occurs during winter and at the change of seasons. Principal navigation aids: There are 3 lighthouses, Mouille Point, Robben Island and Milnerton, 3 channel buoys and 1 shallow water buoy. There are no leading lights in the anchorage. Charts: BA 636, 1846, 1920, 2082. Admiralty Pilot NP2. NP286(3). Traffic schemes: VTS system in operation and mandatory for the following: 1. Vessels of 15m LOA and over 2. Towing vessels, where tow is 15m or more in length, or LOA of tow is of 30m or more 3. Any passenger vessel 4. All vessels carrying dangerous or polluting cargoes Vessels navigating within Table Bay VTS Area should call Cape Town Port Control on VHF Ch 14 when passing any of the following reporting points: Vessels Inbound: a. Vessels Approaching from S Reporting Position Position 1B 00.8'S 018° 34° 15.1'E 2B 53.9'S 018° 33° 19.8'E 3 52.5'S 018° 33° 24.0'E b. Vessels Approaching from the N Reporting Position Position 1A 41.4'S 018° 33° 07.8'E 2A 50.7'S 018° 33° 17.1'E 3 52.5'S 018° 33° 24.0'E Vessels Outbound: a. Vessels departing to the S Reporting Point Position 4 53.9'S 018° 33° 26.3'E 3 51.3'S 018° 33° 24.0'E 2B 52.9'S 018° 33° 17.7'E 1B 59.4'S 018° 33° 13.2'E b. Vessels departing to the N Reporting Point Position 4 53.9'S 018° 33° 26.3'E 3 51.3'S 018° 33° 24.0'E 2A 49.4'S 018° 33° 19.0'E 1A 40.1'S 018° 33° 09.6'E Inshore Routes: Vessels inbound or outbound Reporting Point Position In/outbound 1D 01.9'S 018° 34° 17.3'E In/Out 1C 36.8'S 018° 33° 14.4'E In/Out 2C 48.9'S 018° 33° 24.3'E In/Out 4 53.9'S 018° 33° 26.3'E Out Restrictions: Vessels carrying hazardous cargo or explosives are sometimes prohibited from berthing at night. Hazardous tankers are berthed during daylight only. Tugs: Four Voith Schneider type diesel tugs of 3,900hp each, with a bollard pull of 43t are available. In addition, one 10t bollard tug and three modern diesel launches of 10kn speeds with 3.5t bollard pull are available. Ordering is at the pilot's discretion. Harbour launches and smaller tugs assist with small craft movements and line running where required. Berths equipped with fire-fighting connections. Dock fire brigade provides fire fighting service. Standby tugs are compulsory for tankers discharging crude. Coastguard: Sea rescue services are co-ordinated from Port Control in conjunction with the National Sea Rescue Institute and the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre. The area covered ranges from Saldanha to Cape Agulhas. Mooring information: No immobilisation in port without permission. BERTHS AND CARGO Names/Nos: BEN SCHOEMAN DOCK: This is 1,800m x 500m and is the newest extension. The major part of the basin is dredged to 14m CD (harbour). DUNCAN DOCK: This is 1,800m x 600m and provides over 4,000m berthing face. The entrance is 180m wide and the main part of the basin is dredged to 12.9m, tidal. VICTORIA BASIN: Approx 500m x 500m with three jetties, provides 2,200m quayage with depths between 9.9m and 5.2m. It is used mainly for trawler traffic and smaller passenger ships. ALFRED BASIN: This is 300m x 100m and is located SW of Victoria Basin, it is dredged to an average depth of 4.0m. It provides 740m of quayage and access to Robinson graving dock and synchrolift. Berth Length Max Draught Cranes Use (m) (m) A 274.3 12.0 3x4t Repair B 243.8 12.0 C 213.4 10.7-12.2 18x4t Fruit exports D 185.0 9.1-10.7 E 225.6 9.1-12.2 General cargo F 249.9 12.2 Combi Terminal G 249.9 12.2 23x4t Combi Terminal H 318.5 12.8 2x15t General cargo J 249.9 10.7 General cargo K 249.9 10.7 Reefer - Fish L 246.3 10.7 General cargo M 261.8 - Repair Fuel oil, gas oil and fresh water available at all above berths. CONTAINER TERMINAL: Berth Length Max Draught Cranes Use (m) (m) 500 201 10.7 Nil - 501 183 10.7 Repairs 502 183 10.7 Repairs 600 220 10.7 Container vessels only 601 236 12.8 Container vessels only 602 305 14.0 6x45t Container vessels only 603 305 14.0 Container vessels only 604 305 14.0 Container vessels only There are 4,050 ground slots available. Bunkers and fresh water available at all above berths 700 173 10.0 Lay-up berth, fresh water 701 249 10.0 Lay-up berth, fresh water 702 249 10.0 Lay-up berth 703 192 10.0 Lay-up berth Berths No 704 & 705 used for diving Oct 30-Apr 30. Fresh water available. REPAIR QUAY: Length Max Draught Cranes (m) (m) Repair Quay No 1 426.0 12.0 Repair Quay No 2 100.0 12.0 2x15t Repair Quay No 3 326.0 10.7 Repair Quay No 4 31.5 10.0 No bunkers allowed at repair quay only fresh water. LANDING WALL: Landing wall No 1 274.3 14.0 Landing wall No 2 - 12.0 Landing wall No 3 274.3 14.0 Landing wall No 4 - 12.0 Bunkers and fresh water are available at Landing Wall. TANKER BASIN: Length Draught (m) (m) Tanker Basin No 1 250 13.1 Tanker Basin No 2 203 13.1 Eastern Mole: No 1 270 12.0 No 2 270 13.3 Bunkers and fresh water available. Floating cranes with lifting capacity of 200t at 10m and 21.5m radius available. Facilities: All principal quays have rail tracks and are connected to the general railway system. The following additional equipment is available: Equipment Capacity Number Floating crane 200t 1 Self moving "Inkunzi" 200t, 60t at 21,5m 1 Container cranes 40t 6 Cranes 2t 6 Cranes 4t 45 Storage: Berth A: Shed 11,848m2 (gross floor area); Open area 25,322m2 Berths B,C,D Refrigerated storage of export fruits Berth E: Shed 20,018m2 (gross floor area) Berth F: Open storage 30,645m2; containers, steel, etc Berth G: Open storage 8,550m2 Berth H: Shed 6,724m2 (gross floor area) Berth J: Shed 6,522m2 (gross floor area) Berth K: Refrigerated storage, total capacity approx 10,000t, mainly frozen fish; fruits vegetable eggs, etc. Temperatures from C. 0.5° to -60° Berth L: Open stacking area 20,968m2. Ballast/slop reception: Dirty ballast may not be discharged into the harbour. Slop reception facility with capacity to receive approx 1,500t is privately controlled. Security: Although not compulsory, it is recommended that either a competent crew member or a local gangway security watch is appointed to prevent unauthorised persons boarding the vessel. Police, Tel: +27 21 9340450; Ambulance, Tel: +27 21 10177; Fire Tel: +27 21 4492085 (Port Control). GENERAL Repairs: Repair Berth: The repair berth is usually fully occupied. It has a length of 456m, a landing wall of 548m and a depth of 18m. Workshops: A number of large engineering firms exist, capable of undertaking most major repair work. Drydocks: Graving Dock (Sturrock): Dimensions (m) Overall docking length 360.0 Length on keel blocks 338.3 Length on bottom (dock floor) 350.4 Width of coping 47.5 Width of entrance top 45.1 Max width at bottom 58.4 Depth on entrance sill (HWOST) 13.7 Depth on inner sill 15.1 Cranes: There are 3 cranes available as follows: 1 x 50t, 1 x 10t and 5 x 4t. NB: The dock can be emptied in four hours. Graving Dock (Robinson): Dimensions (m) Overall docking length 161.2 Length to keel blocks 142.6 Width at coping 27.4 Width at entrance top 20.7 Max width at bottom 17.2 Depth at sills (HWOST) 7.9 Cranes: There are 4 cranes available as follows: 3 x 4t and 1 x 15t. NB: The dock can be emptied in three hours. Note that the dry-docks are under almost continuous use and owners should order them as far in advance as possible. The Administration will not bind itself to absolute fixed dates and reserves the right at all times to assign the dry-docks in accordance with what is considered "general port convenience". However, as a general rule, stems are honoured in order of date booking. Synchro: A synchrolift is also available with a capacity of 1,778t and space to accommodate three vessels each of 61m in length or five vessels with a length of 30.49m. Bunkers/water/stores: Fresh water: Available. Bunkering: There are 61 bunkering points in the port.All grades of fuel, except MGO which is currently unavailable, and lubricating oils available. Bunkers are supplied by all major oil companies and are delivered to vessel by shore pipe. Supply by bunker barge "Pelican" are unavailable (currently out of commission). Stores: Launch off limits: A 24 hour launch service for personnel and stores is available in order to serve vessels off port limits. The normal rendezvous point is approx 8km W of the line running between Green Point and Robben Island Lighthouses. This service has been operating with great efficiency, with only very infrequent delays owing to weather conditions. The charges for launch hire are based on the weight of the provisions carried. Servicing of vessels "off limits" has been restricted by the Port Authorities to vessels whose draught does not exceed 12.2m to a stop not exceeding 1 hour. Should vessels require to stop or anchor for longer than 1 hour they are to be serviced at the anchorage within the port limits and will be subject to port and light dues. This restriction does not apply to vessels with a draught in excess of 12.2m. Helicopter Service: Service offered by Court Helicopters for off port storing/crew changes: Ordering service: Services may be ordered through the ship's agent in Cape Town or direct through Court Helicopters, Tel: +27 21 215900. Notice: Minimum notice required is 2 hours providing that all the necessary arrangements have been made for stores and crew handling. Max payload: Varies according to distance of the rendezvous from Cape Town but a standard max payload to the fixed rendezvous points is normally 1,750kg. Max operating range: From Cape Town this is 200nm but can be extended under special circumstances. Medical evacuation: Court Helicopters have special evacuation facilities and stretcher winching capabilities. Range extends to 200nm. Rendezvous positions: Standard rendezvous positions are 5nm and 12nm W of Green Point Lighthouse. Ship service may, however, be undertaken at any position up to 200nm by prior arrangement. Communications: Between ship and helicopter VHF Ch 16, 10, 08 and 06 are used. Medical facilities: Various hospitals and clinics are situated in the city. Leewendat Hospital, City Park Hospital, Panorama Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, Tygerbery Hospital. Dentist; doctors are on 24 hours call and will also attend off port limits if required. Transport: Nearest airport: Cape Town International Airport (20km). There are bus facilities from the centre of Cape Town which service this airport. Nearest railway: The port is connected to the national rail network. Crew change: When crew changes are intended, ample notice should be given to enable us to obtain the necessary permission from the Immigration Authorities. Facilities available include waiting lounge and transport for transferring crew. Hotels available range from 1-5 star. 1. Vessels within the harbour: a. Any person arriving to join a vessel should be in possession of a valid travel document and a brief letter of introduction. Entry permits can be extended if the vessel is delayed. b. Application to spend time in excess of 48 hours in South Africa prior to repatriation should be made to the local Immigration authorities. 2. Vessels calling off port limits: a. The same requirements apply as for (1.a) with the exception of personnel who have entered the country from a vessel calling off port limits. b. The following applies to all personnel disembarking for vessels calling off port limits: i. Repatriation must be made within 48 hours from time of signing off. ii. In order to comply with local Immigration Authorities the agent requires the following details, for each individual, at least 72 hours before disembarkation: 1. Full name and nationality; 2. Rank and if technician, name of employers; 3. Passport, number, place and date of issue and expiry date; 4. Place and date of birth; 5. Destination and class of travel; 6. If air ticket held onboard, full details of routing; 7. Reasons for disembarkation. In case of personnel transferring from one company vessel to another the same conditions apply except the max time permitted for such transfers is 78 hours. If they have not joined the vessel within this period, repatriation must be arranged forthwith. There are no difficulties for any personnel disembarking for medical reasons. Consuls: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungry, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay. Public holidays: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Human Rights Day (Mar 21), Good Friday, Family Day (Apr 17), Freedom Day (Apr 27), Workers Day (May 1), Youth Day (Jun 16), National Women's Day (Aug 9), Day of Reconciliation (Sep 10), Heritage Day (Sep 24), Christmas Day (Dec 25), Day of Goodwill( Dec 26). When a public holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday will be a public holiday. Working hours: Port working hours for breakbulk cargo. For docking and sailing vessels throughout 24 hours, 365 days per year. Working vessels: Mon to Fri. 0600-2200hrs. Sat. No work on Sat, except in case of vessels loading bulk grain ex Grain Elevator when the hours are 0720-1200hrs with extension to 1400hrs to complete a vessel. Fruit vessels: are worked 0600-2200hrs if requested by Fruit Board. Sunday and public holidays: Work overtime rates 0800-1600hrs. At Port Manager's discretion, fruit loaders workable Sun, from 0600-1400hrs and 1400-2200hrs. Overtime, ie, night shift, Sat, public holidays, work will be considered depending on availability of labour which is voluntary outside ordinary time. Container Terminals: Work throughout 24 hours, every day except Christmas. Bunkers: are supplied throughout 24 hours 365 days per year. Developments: Portnet are planning expansion of the Container Terminal. There are also plans for the development of a Combi Terminal which will span 3 years. This expansion will increase the total stacking area from 7ha to 11ha, with 810 ground slots. It is also planned to upgrade the tanker basin and eastern mole. There is to be a hi-tech upgrade to pre cooling and cold storage facilities for fruit in the port. The port is planning expansion of the ship repair facilities at the Elliot Basin in the Ben Schoeman Dock within the port. Surveyors: Following classification societies are represented: Lloyds Register, Germanischer Lloyd, BB, DNV, NKK, ABS. Cargo surveyors for dry and liquid available. Seaman's Mission: There is a Seaman's Mission situated in the harbour. Distance from general cargo berths to town approx 2km. From container terminal to town approx 5km. Garbage: Garbage disposal bins are provided at all berths and these bins are emptied every day. Officials and visitors: No accommodation or meals need to be supplied to officers. No visitors are allowed into harbour area unless permission granted by Master and letter issued by agents. Fumigation: Fumigation can be undertaken on any vessel by a recognised fumigation company and there are numerous companies available in the port of Cape Town. Pollution: Very strict measures are in force with regard to smoke and oil pollution. Smoke pollution is monitored in port by the Port Authorities whilst all oil pollution along the South African Coast and up to 200nm off the South African coast is monitored by the Department of Transport. Heavy fines as well as a prison sentence can be imposed.