Mossel Bay Harbour

Port Overview

LOCATION: Latitude 34 22’ 31”S and Longitude 21 25’ 9” E

Mossel Bay holds a special place in South African maritime history for this is the first recorded place used regularly along the South African coast by European seafarers journeying to the East.

It is situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth at Longitude 22º 08' E and Latitude 34º 08' S and is the smallest of the commercial Ports along the South African coast. Mossel Bay is also the home of Mossgass (Petro SA) and oil industries projects started in 1980’s, though it deals mostly with fish industries. Mossel Bay is the only South African port that operates two off-shore mooring points within the port limits.
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Port Information & Services

ADVISING ETA
To VTS/Port Control, 72 hours prior to arrival at the Pilot station
AIRPORT
The closest airport is George (approx. 50 km) which has flights to all the major airports within South Africa. Mossel Bay forms part of the Garden Route which is a mainly tourist attraction within the Western Cape..
ANCHORAGES
Bearing 1 000 T Range 3 to 4 N.M from Cape ST blaze light house Bearing 2 025 T Range 3 to 5 N.M from Cape Blaze Light house
APPROACHES
Port entrance channel as per chart.

BALLAST
Vessels should be sufficiently ballasted to navigate safely within the harbour.
BANKING
All major South African and international banks are represented in Mossel bay
BERTHS
5 quays and 2 off-shore mooring facilities
BUNKERS
No heavy fuel oil, only diesel oil for fishing vessels and supply vessels.

CARGO HANDLING
Not applicable for Port of Mossel Bay
CONSULAR
All leading maritime nations are represented.
CRUISE SHIPS
There are no dedicated areas within the Port of Mossel Bay for cruise liners. They are berthing at larger vessel anchor.
DEPTH
7.5 m Depth

EMERGENCIES
Contact Port Control on Channel 12 and 16 or Tel.: +27 44-604-6271
FISHING INDUSTRY
Mossel Bay is the major base for the fishing industry of the region with sophisticated facilities for processing catches and the maintenance of the international fleets.
FRESH WATER
Available at all berths on request.
HAZARDOUS CARGO
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 Mossel Bay operates from Monday to Friday from 06h00 to 18h00 only.
Agri & Ro-Ro Terminal
No agri & Ro-Ro terminal available in the port of Mossel Bay General Cargo 1 x Multi-Purpose berth available for general cargo Port office hours 08:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday (not public holidays) Tankers SPM: Docking – Day light only Sailing – Day and Night 24 hours CBM: Docking – Day light only Sailing – Day light only
INFORMATION
Prevailing winds are SW (predominant throughout the year), NW (winter) and SE (summer), but wind directions and velocities are subject to rapid change without warning. Average wind force is between 10-25 knots. Heaviest seas and swells are predominant SE’ly and accompany the SE winds. SW’ly winds seldom cause swell problems.
PASSENGER TERMINAL
No facilities available for passenger terminal but port of Mossel Bay use Quay 4

PILOTAGE
Pilotage is compulsory within port limits (TNPA pilot). PILOT BOARDING POSITION Pilot Station 2 miles east of break water
PORT LIMITS
It is situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth at Longitude 22º 08' E and Latitude 34º 08' S and is the smallest of the commercial Ports along the South African coast.
RADIO
Port of Mossel Bay use channel 12 and 16
SHIP REPAIR
Marine engineering firms are available for all classes and types of onboard repairs. A slipway of 250 tons capacity is available.

SHIPS AGENTS
Leading South African and world ships’ agents are represented at Mossel Bay.
STEVEDORING
Not Applicable for the Port of Mossel Bay
STORAGE
2.9 tons/m²
TIDE
Approximately 2 metres

TRANSPORTATION
Accessible by road and railway networks, the Port of Mossel Bay is an excellent connection point to the consumer markets and industrial zones of the Western Cape hinterland. Tourism is also a booming industry, with fully booked accommodation in the holiday months.
WATER DENSITY
Length: 750 m Breath: 120m Depth: 7.0 m
WEATHER
Prevailing winds are SW (predominant throughout the year), NW (winter) and SE (summer), but wind directions and velocities are subject to rapid change without warning. Average wind force is between 10-25 knots. Heaviest seas and swells are predominant SE’ly and accompany the SE winds. SW’ly winds seldom cause swell problems.

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USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS (when telephoning from outside South Africa, replace the ‘0’ in the national area code with +27)  
Port Control 044 604 6271
Harbour Master 044 604 6287
Port Engineer 044 604 6234
Port Manager 044 604 6201
Marketing 044 604 6201
  EMERGENCY NUMBERS  
Flying Squad 10111
Fire 044 606 5000
Sea Rescue 082 990 5954
Police 044 606 2805
Border Police 044 604 6500