Cape Town

Thursday 07/19/2018 0%
Mostly clear. Low 13C.
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Tomorrow 07/20/2018 10%
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Partly cloudy skies. High 17C. Winds NW at 15 to 25 km/h.
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Partly cloudy. High near 20C. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 km/h.


Latitude: 33° 54’ S  Longitude: 18° 26’ E  Time Zone: GMT +2

Situated at the southernmost point of Africa, the Port of Cape Town is ideally located for shipments to Europe, the Americas or the Far East. The Port of Cape Town is the second busiest Port in South Africa, handling over 3000 vessel calls per year and about 20% of South Africa’s Container traffic.  The Port offers ideal working facilities for the handling of dry or liquid bulk cargoes, deciduous fruits, frozen and fresh fish products, breakbulk cargoes and container handling.  The Port also has dry docking facilities capable of handling vessels with LOA up to 370m.  Bunkering facilities are in the Port alongside berth and can be supplied by barge or pipe line. There is a 24 hour off port limit service available, weather permitting via launch or helicopter for crew changes and delivery of stores.

The entrance channel draft limit is 15.9m, however the draft limits alongside the various berths varies from 10 – 14m and the draft restriction at the allocated berth therefore needs to be taken into consideration.

The Port works 7 days a week, however Cape Town is known for its frequent strong to gale force winds, which may occasionally affect operations and vessel movements.

Terminal Information


Cape Town Container Terminal handles about 20% of South Africa’s Container traffic. It is ideally suited to serve as a hub for cargoes between Europe, the Americas, and Asia, as well as a feeder port for East & West coasts of South Africa.


Off Port Limits Service

The rendezvous position for Off Port Limits Service is between 7 – 10 miles west of Greenpoint Lighthouse. This area is free of port dues, etc. The helicopter is available for Daylight and launch services are available 24 hours a day Weather Permitting.

Weather Affecting Port

During the winter months, April to September, north and north-west winds backing to south west are frequent. West gales can occur particularly during winter which can result in heavy range action at the berths.

During the summer months, October to March, the prevailing winds are south-east. These may reach gale force.


Cape Town

Tel:+2721 4210033
Fax:+2786 6302023


120 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town
South Africa

P.O. Box 7607


Sydney Booth


Andre Slabbert
Reinhard Sheldon


Michelle van Zyl

If you have any questions or requests use the contact form below. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.

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