Durban - Africa's largest port

Longitude & Latitude 
Lat:29 ° 52 ' S Long::31 ° 02 ' E

Main features including water area

The Port of Durban has a total land and water area amounting to 1854 hectares. The port is protected by the north and south breakwaters which are 335 m and 700 m long respectively. The water surface is 892 hectares at high tide and 679 hectares at low tide. The distance around the port is 21 km.Rail tracks total 302 km and it is one of the few cities in the world where the harbour is a mere block from the Central Business District. The port has 57 berths and over 4000 commercial vessels call at the port each year.It was developed primarily for import cargo but over the years cargo flows have changed significantly and exports have become more important.
Limitations e.g. harbour entrance depth

The entrance channel has a depth of 12,8 m from Chart Datum,and a width of 122 m between the caissons.

Day Time Port limitations
Maximum length: 243,8 m (800 ft)

Maximum beam: 35,0 m (115 ft)

Maximum draught: 11,9 m (38 ft), 12,2 m (40 ft) 
subject to Port Captain's permission and tidal restrictions.
Night time limitations

Maximum length: 200,0 m (660 ft)

Maximum beam: 26,0 m (85 ft)

Maximum draught: 11,6 m (38 ft)

Larger vessels may be accommodated on request to the Port Captain.
The other main ports of South Africa are as follows:

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For more information read the South African Port Handbook for Prospective Upstream Oil & Gas Clients