Vessel Traffic Services:
Channels 11, 12, 14 & 16 are available, 29Mhz and ChA, radio tel. 2182
The estimated time of arrival of a vessel destined for Saldanha should be confirmed by calling the Port Control on Channel 16; 48 hours, 24 hours and 12 hours then again at least four hours before that arrival time. Thereafter when the vessel is in a position 12 miles from the pilot boarding station, again call Port Control to receive pilot boarding time and final berthing instruction.
A telephone is compulsory for tankers and is placed on board immediately after docking.
Pilotage is compulsory. The pilot rendezvous position is located in a position with North Head Light bearing 058 degrees (T) x 5,0 nautical miles. Tankers should stay 6 miles off and south of the 080 degree line before boarding.
Pilot ladders must comply with SOLAS regulations. The ladder must be a clean pilot ladder well secured and clear of obstructions or discharges. The ladder must have the following:
2 bulward or rail stanchions
2 separate man ropes of manilla free of knots, with diameter of about 25mm and of sufficient length and well secured, spreaders to ensure the ladder cannot twist a lifebouy with line and safety light. The ladder and immediate area must be adequately lit at night.
Except for a slipway in the fishing harbour, few repairs are undertaken. No bunkering currently takes place in Saldanha. Fresh water and ship chandling are available. Hull cleaning is not allowed.
Cargo working hours:
Bulk exports: 24hrs
General cargo quay: Mon-Sat 0700-1600hrs (overtime 1600-1900hrs)
Bulk carriers: 24hrs every day of the week
General carriers: Normal hours 0700-1600hrs
Can be sourced from the Port of Cape Town
The port can accommodate vessels with a maximum arrival or sailing draught (on tide) of 20,5m. Vessels docking with a draught in excess of 12-14 metres are handled in daylight hours only.
Bulk / Iron Ore Terminal:
A R400 million upgrade to iron ore export plant is currently in full swing and the project, which is aimed at maintaining and increasing the carrying capacity of the plant, will be implemented in three stages over the next three to four years.
Breakbulk / Multipurpose Terminal:
Presently handling cargo from Iscor, Saldanha Steel, Namaqua Sands and Defurco, shipments include lead, copper, salt and frozen fish. With talk of a zinc smelter being built inland, the possibility also exists that the Port of Saldanha will be the chosen export port.