Port of Port Elizabeth
& Algoa Bay Sailing Marina

P O Box 162, Port Elizabeth, 6000
Transnet National Ports Authority • Port of Port Elizabeth  6000 • South Africa
Customer care: 0860 109 330 / +27 11 351-9400 (International)


LOCATION Latitude 34 ° 01′ S (3357, 5 S), Longitude 25 ° 42’E (2538, 5 E)

The Port of Port Elizabeth is a geographically well-positioned, customer-centric, multi-cargo port that prides itself on flexibility and service excellence. It is the gateway for expanding markets, and is not only linked with the rest of the world, but it also has direct transport links into the heart of the African continent.

Situated in Algoa Bay, on the south-eastern coast of Africa,. The port has a container terminal, one of only five (Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town) in South Africa.

Being a congestion free port allows it to maintain high cargo handling rates, fast and efficient ship turnaround and unparalleled service levels. The port is equipped to handle dry bulk, bulk liquid, general cargo and container cargo. Passenger ships usually make use of one of the fruit terminal berths when calling at Port Elizabeth.

The port’s container terminal has three berths totalling 925m in length and a storage area of 22 hectares with 5400 ground slots for stacking purposes. The container terminal is equipped with the latest generation gantry container cranes and straddle carriers.

The break-bulk terminal has six berths totalling 1170m, two bulk berths totalling 360m and a tanker berth of 242m. The tug, fishery and trawler jetties measure 120m, 165m and 136m respectively.

Port Information & Services

Port Elizabeth Airport is served by world airlines with scheduled flights to all parts of the globe, either direct or via Johannesburg.

All leading maritime nations are represented.

The depth at the entrance channel is 14.5m,

Contact Port Control on Channel 11 or
Tel.: +27 41 507 1911.

Available at all berths on request.

The Port of Port Elizabeth is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year.

Port office hours
08:00 – 16:30, Monday to Friday (not public holidays)

Weather bulletins and reports available from Cape Town Radio/ZSC. Coastal weather bulletins via Navtex at 12:20 and 16:20 hours.

Cape Recife East (True) to a point in the Indian Ocean, distant 1609 m line drawn from the extreme point to the East Bank of the Zwartkops River, east (True) distant 1609 m metres on the eastward by a line drawn between these two points.

The calling frequency for VTS/Port Control Port Elizabeth (call sign ZSC) is VHF Channel 12. Cape Town Radio also uses HF channels: 421, 821, 1221 and 1621 and monitors Morse code transmissions on 500 kHz, R/T on channel 2182 and digital selective calling channels on: 4207.5, 6312.0, 8414.5, 12577.0 and 16804.5 kHz. Distress and safety traffic is conducted on 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290 and 16420 kHz.