PORT OF CAPE TOWN AND SALDANHA BAY
The Port of Cape Town is the port of the city of Cape Town, South Africa.
It is situated in Table Bay.
Because of its position along one of the world’s busiest trade routes it is one of the busiest ports in South Africa, handling the largest amount of fresh fruit and second only to Durban as a container port.
The port also has significant repair and maintenance facilities.
The port is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All vessels berthing in the port require a pilot on board. Transfer is by pilot boat but plans have been made to introduce a helicopter transfer service.
Several tugs, launches, workboats and other specialised vessels are operated by the port.
Port of Saldanha
Situated on the West Coast of South Africa some 60 nautical miles north-west of Cape Town, the Port of Saldanha, since its “discovery in the year 1601, remains the largest and deepest natural port in the Southern Hemisphere able to accommodate vessels with a draft of up to 21.5 meters.
The port covers a land and sea surface of just over 19,300 hectares within a circumference of 91kilometer with maximum water depths of 23.7meters. Saldanha is unique in that it has a purpose-built rail link directly connected to a jetty bulk loading facility for the shipment of iron ore.