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MOSSEL BAY :
Mossel Bay is situated approximately 120 nautical miles east north east of Cape Agulhas.
Pilot Rendezvous Position
Situated 2.2 nautical miles bearing 192° from Cape St Blaize lighthouse in 25m of water. Harbour control operates on VHF Channel 16.
|Maximum length of vessels
Pilot Operating Hours – 24 hours a day.
Berthing daylight only at the SPM and CBM.
Unberthing at the SPM – 24 hours a day.
In the bay where holding ground is considered good except in abnormal south easterly conditions. No lighterage is available for cargo operations.
Special conditions apply and owners and masters should request full instructions from agents before committing their vessels. Three days’ notice of arrival is required. Tankers up to 204m in length of a maximum deadweight of 32 000Mt and draught not exceeding 12m (no swell) may berth. Tankers may only berth in daylight hours at a terminal 0.9 nautical miles offshore where water depth is approximately 18 to 21m. Both anchors and up to five swamped moorings, supplied by the terminal, will be raised by the harbour authorities in readiness for taking on board.
The 200mm hose has a weight of 2 – 3Mt and will be lifted by ship’s gear on the port side. When secured, the vessel lies on a heading of 108° True North. The ship’s crane must have a lifting capacity of 5Mt.
Marine tanker terminal, single point mooring buoy. The buoy facility is situated at Voorbaai, an open unsheltered roadstead in position latitude 34° 8’ 6” S, longitude 22° 8’ 5” E in a depth of ABT 21m of water. It is an Imodco type single point mooring buoy with a three hose system which may be used simultaneously. The system consists of a ballast line and two product lines. One of the product lines is dedicated to 93 and 97 octane petrol and the other is dedicated to distillates, namely illuminating paraffin and automotive diesel oil.
Facilities At The General Cargo Berths
Fresh Water, Diesel Oil and Gas Oil
All available ex-quay.
There is one ship’s chandler who offers a 24-hour service, but it is recommended that orders be placed in advance.
Off Port Limit Attendance
Servicing by harbour craft, not by helicopter.
Doctors and dentists are available in town and the Mossel Bay Hospital is situated 3km from the quay. There is a private hospital 1.5km from the harbour.
Mariners are warned that drilling for oil is in progress off Mossel Bay and care should be taken when approaching port to keep well clear of the attending supply tugs.
For the information of principals who operate rig support vessels shore back up services are considered efficient.
Only minor facilities are available i.e. welding and electrical. Any major repairs
should be undertaken at Cape Town, some 215 nautical miles away.