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Partly cloudy skies. High around 25C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
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Latitude : 14° 27’S  Longitude : 40° 40’ E  Time Zone : GMT +2

Nacala is sited in one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. It is certainly one of the best natural harbours in East Africa. Nacala is the main port servicing the province of Nampula as well as being the main link in the “Nacala Corridor” which is the link to Malawi. The port is ideally geographically situated and not only serves northern Mozambique but is connected to Malawi by a 600 kms railway (privatised with ongoing refurbishment).  This also allows for cargoes to be moved into Zambia and Zimbabwe if required.

Nacala has four general cargo berths (one of which serves as a POL Berth) and Two Container Berths. Bunkering is available by road tanker with a pipeline at the general cargo berths.

The port of Nacala and the railway line are concessioned to Portos De Norte SA as of 15th March 2013.  The former manager CDN remains with pilotage, receiving vessels calling in the port, berthing and unberthing operations, port stay and harbour dues and general cargo from Nacala to Malawi.

Port Operations

Working Hours

The Port works 24 hours on a shift basis:

Shift 1:    07h00 – 15h00
Shift 2:    15h00 – 23h00
Shift 3: 23h00 – 07h00

The port is usually closed on 1st May, 25th December and 31st December.
Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays are worked in 10% overtime rates.


Pilotage is compulsory. Request for Nacala Pilots with VHF Radio on Channel 16 and then change over to channel 12 or 27. Advance notice of ETA and draught required at least 24 hours prior to arrival through agent, then 4 hours before entering Fernão Veloso Bay. The normal Pilot boarding area is 2 nautical miles 237º from the Nacala Lighthouse, except during strong winds from NE to SE the pilot will embark inside the bay, but require permit from the Port Authority. Usual requirements for ladders are in force and pilot boarding requires the ladder to be 3 to 4 ft above the waterline.


No night time restrictions. Berthing and unberthing is possible 24 hours a day upon request.
Deadweight: no deadweight restriction at this port
LOA: no LOA restriction
Beam: no beam restriction
Draft : no draft limitation at channel which can go up to 60m
Draft at berth: maximum draft at general cargo = 10.50 meter

Sometimes vessels are docked at container terminal berth for discharge of bulk cargo where recommended arrival draft can go up to 14 meter.

We’d also like to call your attention to the fact that port authority shall allow container vessels to firstly take berth at that quay as priority for disch/load operation nevertheless bulk carrier ship entered into port earlier.
Air draft: no air draft limitation at this port

Special requirement to discharge subject cargo: all vessels must be equipped with suitable gear for cargo handling as port cranes may fail anytime and/or if by the way vessel are docked at container terminal where no cranes are available.
If possible vessel equipment could include brackets or grabs to help port increase good performance on discharge ops.


After entering the narrow passage between Fernão Veloso and Sacamulo, in the outer anchorage bay of Muananculo and the inner bay of Bengo, away from the middle fairway to the harbour. Maximum size of vessel permissible to the outer anchorage area is about 130,000 Dwt and a draft of 18M.

The outer anchorage is well suited to lightering operations for Big Tankers or Bulk carriers up to 18M Draft. Baia de Bengo is well sheltered with excellent holding ground. The anchorage recommended are 3 cables SSW of Ponta Maiaia, in depths from 10 to 12 M, 11 cables SW of Ponta Maiaia, small vessels may obtain anchorage, in depths from 5.5 to 7.0 M, approx 2 cables SE of the town of Nacala a Velha (Lat 14 33.0´s Long 040 38´E). Tidal Range and flow is 4.0M (Springs), 2.7M (Neaps) Weather: Prevailing Winds SE´ly (March to September) NE´ly (October to February).

Water density, Water density is 1.025

Tide & Weather

Fresh water is available. Pumping rate is slow, and the cost is high (see CDN tariff). Maximum tide amplitude is 4 metres during spring tides and 1.8 metres during neap tides Height of the quay table to low water level is 6 metres Weather pattern usually dry April to November and sunny, rain December to March. Possible cyclones or strong wind December – March


The port has two tugs and a pilot boat, 2300 bhp & 3000 bhp
Port Stevedore
The Port stevedoring Company is Terminais de Norte and is directly controlled by the port.


Pilot radio station works with VHF of Channel 12, 16 and 27 and HF on Frequency 8284


Initial ETA should be sent if possible at least 5 days prior to arrival, stating the following information: deepest arrival draft, last port of call, and master’s name. The ETA confirmation (updates) should then be sent at 72, 48, 24 and 12 hour intervals giving only date and time and any changes to draft, these messages are to be sent only to the AGENT, A Security declaration (ISPS) must be supplied a minimum of 24 hours before vessel arrival in Nacala.


Subject of the message to LBH Mozambique

1.    Vessel Name
2.    Port of Registry
3.    Call Sign
4.    IMO Number
5.    Ship Agent
6.    Type of Vessel
7.    ETA & date
8.    ETA draft

1.    Day, Month and Time the report is made
2.    First Mozambique port of Call
3.    Last Port of Call
4.    Next Port of Call

1.    Security level the vessel is operating
2.    Name and Rank of the Ship Security Officer (SSO)
3.    Name of Company Security Officer (CSO)
4.    Contact Details of CSO
5.    Crew List
6.    Passenger List
7.    List of any other person on board.

1.    Cargo
2.    IMDG Classes of Cargo on Board
3.    Hazardous Cargoes
*Port must be informed if the security level as been changed all in the last 30 days*

1.    ISPS pre- arrival data sheet
2.    Ships Particular
3.    Crew list passport
4.    Draft arrival conditions
5.    Stowage Plan
6.    Dangerous Cargo Declaration including storage situation
7.    Crew list / Sea Man Book
8.    Arrival displacement in tons
9.    Load rate while de-ballasting in barrels per hour
10.    Maximum load rate barrels per hour

Documentation Required

1.    Crew Lists.
2.    Passenger Lists
3.    Supplies List
4.    Stores Lists
5.    Cargo Manifests
6.    Cargo Plans
7.    Port of Call Lists
8.    Animal Lists
9.    Vaccination Lists
10.  Health Certificate
11.   Clearance from last Port
12.   Dangerous goods declaration
13.   ISPS Vessel Information declaration

This documentation is to be presented to the local authorities during clearance.


Gross productivity varies depending on type of the cargo and possible agreement with the labour force. Bagged cargo = 250 tons per gang per shift Bulk cargo * = 4.5 moves per hour per gang Containers = 7.9 moves per hour per gang
* Machinery must be offloaded directly onto the receiver’s trucks

Gangs are employed according to master´s requirement after giving his intended number of hatches disposed for operation: EDP about 5040mton in total within 24 hrs day.   One to two gangs per hold per each shift may be employed and vessels are worked on three shift/day.

General Cargo Quay


4 berths of a total length 600 meters.


# 1N from 7.10 to 7.80 meters
# 2N from 7.80 to 8.60 meters
# 3N from 8.60 to 9.40 meters
# 4N from 9.50 to 9.80 meters (this berth has pipeline connections is dedicated to oil tankers operations).
No air draft or beam restriction


None since August 2011. The 4 portal electric cranes on the quay with a capacity of 2.5 and 5 tons have been decommissioned. Ship’s gear is compulsory.

Container Terminal


Two berths (#1S, #2S ) total length 395 meters


14 meters at datum.
Fenders are in very poor state of repair
No air draft or beam restriction.


No shore crane available
Forklifts – 2 container top loaders, 3 reach stackers, 1 forklift with forks (35 ton) and an empty container handler.

Stacking capacity of 2500 TEU’s on three high. There are 40 reefer plugs available in different locations of the port.

Deep draft conventional or bulk vessels can berth at the container terminal but will be shifted to the general cargo berth as soon as the draft allows it, if there is pressure on the CT berth. Clinker and grain is offloaded using grabs and hoppers.

Miscellaneous Information

Any burning, welding, painting over side, lifeboat drills etc require the prior permission of the Port Authorities. Fines of a minimum $500 are levied if this permission is not obtained from the Port Authorities.

F.O. is not available
D.O: is available.  With 12 days pre-arrangement with the national oil company Petromoc.

There are two local hospitals but no serious injuries can be treated. Doctors have poor qualification and medicines are scares. Medical consultations are expensive. ($100)

The nearest airport is at Nampula, 200 km away. Some direct Johannesburg to Nampula flights 4 times per week, Nairobi to Nampula twice a week or daily flights via Maputo, or Beira. We do not allow our drivers on the road at night. Any passenger landing after 1600 hours will spend the night in Nampula. A new international airport is under construction in Nacala and should open in 2013.



LBH Mozambique Nacala

Tel: +258 26 526 797
Fax: +258 26 526 797


Rua Principal Cidade Baixa
Prédio João Martins Porta Nr. 7


Antonie Briel
Mobile: +258 848246198

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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