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Latitude : 12º 58’ S  Longitude : 40º 33’ E  Time Zone : GMT +2

Pemba is a port city in Mozambique. It is the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado and lies on a peninsula in Pemba Bay.

Port of Pemba is a natural coastal harbour with good shelter, it is renowned as being a prime destination for water sport and diving enthusiasts as a coral reef lies close to the shore. Pemba has increasingly become a tourist destination, particularly for upper-middle class Mozambicans and South Africans.  Pemba is the closest major city and airport for those who wish to visit Quirimbas Islands and Quirimbas National Park.
The port is owned by CFM (Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique).

Port Operations

Working Hours: 24 hours

Shift 1    07.00h – 15.00h
Shift 2    15.00h – 23.00h
Sfift 3    23.00h – 07.00h


ETA advance notice required at least 24 hours prior to arrival through agent. Pilotage is compulsory.  Request for Pemba pilot on VHF Radio on channel 16.


The port has only one berth being 182.5m and a draft of 7.5m.
The so called port terminal it will be only used for the oil and gas industry supply vessels.


Inner bay, starting 200 m from the quay.
Water density


Tide & Weather

Fresh water available. The rainy season is from December to April, and the dry season with cooler temperatures and sunny skies from May to November.


No tugs available, 1 pilot boat with 80 horse power outboard engine.


No cranes available

Storage Facilities

There are no storage facilities available.  Only an open area for containers


VHF ch 16


ISPS pre-arrival info is required 96 hours prior to arrival:

–    Vessel name
–    Port of registry
–    Call sign
–    IMO number
–    Ship agent
–    Type of vessel
–    ETA date
–    ETA draft

–    Day, Month and Time report is made
–    First Mozambique port of call
–    Last port of call
–    Next port of call

–    ISPS pre-arrival data sheet
–    Ships particulars
–    Crew list passports / Seamen’s book
–    Draft arrival conditions
–    Stowage plan
–    Dangerous cargo declaration
–    Arrival displacement in tons

Documentation Required

Documentation to be presented to port authorities during clearance:

–    6 Crew lists
–    6 Passenger lists
–    2 Supplies lists
–    2 Stores lists
–    4 Cargo manifests
–    3 Cargo Plans
–    5 Ports of Call lists
–    2 Animal lists
–    2 Vaccination lists
–    1 Health Certificate
–    1 Clearance from last port
–    1 Dangerous goods declaration
–    1 ISPS vessel information declaration


Containers are discharged with ships gear.
Sometimes general cargo/bulk mainly cotton and they load/offload directly into the trucks.

Miscellaneous Information

The port will at some stage be rehabilitated due to the discovery of oil and gas off shore Pemba. Details are unknown at this stage.

Currently there is no equipment in the port for cargo handling. Receivers and shippers of cargo supply their own transport to move cargo/containers to and from the port. The berth LOA is 182.5 with a depth of 7.5m allowing two coasters to berth simultaneously. Due to draft the berth cannot accommodate vessels over 10000 m/ton deadweight. The port has 15000m2 of level ground to store containers and there is a warehouse which is 1525m2. There are some private warehouses in the city.


LBH Mozambique Pemba

Tel: +258 272 20537/8
Fax: +258 272 20534

Physical Porto,431
Edifício Correios


Commercial & Projects Manager
Butch Preston

Office & Operations Manager
Jorge Marabuto

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