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Durban FAQs

How are bunker calls managed in Durban?

The port of Durban handles bunker calls on a first come first serve basis and bunker vessels are allocated to open berths anywhere in the port by the berth planner usually 12 hours prior to arrival.

Bunkers are supplied by barge only at any of these allocated berths.

In the case of delays a berth will only be allocated once the stem for the particular bunker vessel is loaded onboard the barge. The barge operator will then notify the agent who in turn will notify the berth planner who will then allocate the berth.

Can we send ships spares to Durban?

ISS Durban can accommodate ships spares & cargoes via airfreight or sea freight through the use of our clearing and forwarding agents who are locally based and who are very experienced in handling all types of ships spares & cargoes entering and leaving Durban.

We can accommodate customers 24 hrs and 7 days a week depending the requirements, we make use of sea freight for cargoes and mainly airfreight for ships spares and supplies.

Our closest airport is Durban International which is 20 km away from the port or 15 minute drive by vehicle.

We can arrange to supply suitable vehicles or trucks to deliver any types of spares to vessels inside the port facility, we only require prior notification of the following documents in order to make arrangements in advance and also to arrange clearance through Customs


• Copy of the Master Airway Bill
• Copy of the Commercial Invoice
• Copy of the Packing List


All ships spares must be addressed as follows for easy collection, clearance and delivery from and too the airport & vessel.

Consignee:
Master & Owners MV -----VESSEL NAME
C/O Inchcape Shipping Services (Pty) Ltd
Office 5, 6th Floor
The Spinnaker
180 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Point
Durban
Office Tel : +27 (0) 31 368 1622/36
Office Fax: +27 (0) 31 368 1577
Contact : Operations Department
Email : dbops@iss-shipping.com

Notify party:
Sunny Naidu
Airfreight Imports Dept.
Safcor Panalpina - Durban ( as agents )
International Airfreight Department
172 Voortrekker Street, Jacobs
Tel : +27 31 461 1955
Fax : +27 31 461 2395
Email : SunnyN@safcorpanalpina.co.za

Can we arrange Cash to Masters in Durban?

ISS can arrange Cash to Masters to vessels in all the major South African ports, through accredited Security companies. Cash to Master can be arranged to off port limits via launches. ISS is not insured to carry Cash to Masters; hence we use reputable security companies, who have armed staff delivering the cash on board… These security companies work with all the major banks. They do charge a standard transportation fee for delivery of the cash to master.

Can crew changes be affected in Durban?

ISS South Africa specializes in crew changes with crew changes be done in all major ports in South Africa. Crew changes are done in Durban either once vessels are in port, alongside taking bunkers or when they are engaged in cargo operations or at Off Port Limits using a launch. Durban can also do crew changes via helicopter, but this is weather dependant and the helicoptercan only carry 750 kg per trip at a rate of USD6200.00 per flying hour or launch at USD 520 per hour (with a minimum of 3 hours). Details of the crew changes must be forwarded to ISS 3 days prior vessel arrival. These details are required to process the “OK TO BOARDS” and letter of guarantees for on - signing crew members. All off-signing crew must have firm and valid onward travel details. All crew members on the vessel’s crew list must be in possession of a valid passport and valid seaman’s book. According to the South African Immigration laws, port agents are no longer allowed to arrange visa’s on behalf of crew members, passengers, superintendents and visitors. These persons have to arrange for SA visas in their home country prior to arriving in South Africa as they do not form part of the official vessel crew list.

Can we arrange for underwater Hull cleaning in Durban?

Due to the South African Environmental rules, underwater hull cleaning is forbidden in South African ports. Special permission can be granted for underwater hull cleaning at off-port limit anchorages, but vessels have to strictly comply with the South African Maritime Association’s (SAMSA) rules and regulations. It is not advisable to carry out this operation at Cape Town’s anchorage, because of the weather conditions, where winds and swell can interfere with operations.

How are Off Port Limits handled in Durban?

Off Port limits are handled in Durban by launch service or helicopter depending the quantity of requirements, costs and weather on the day of the vessels arrival. The launch and helicopter services in Durban operate 24/7, depending on the weather conditions.

Durban winter conditions can cause delays with swells and strong winds making conditions dangerous to operate at Off Port Limits.

Below please find relevant information for the launch boat during OPL calls at Durban:


• The launch boat service used during OPL calls can be contacted on VHF Channel 16.
• Durban Radio also calls all vessels on the same channel.
• Durban Port Control can be contacted on VHF Channel 26.
• The rendezvous position is between 4 & 5 nautical miles North East of Break Water.


What size vessels can call at Durban?


• Max draft all tides is 11.9 meters.
• Vessel’s with a LOA lager than 200 meters will only be docked and sailed at day time
• Vessel’s with a beam lager than 32 meters (Max Beam 40 meters ) need special
permission from the harbour Master to enter the port
• Please note below berth depth issued.
• Bunkers by barge alongside allocated berth in port only.

BERTH

MAX.PERM DRAFT

 

BERTH

Top of Scour

MAX.PERM DRAFT

A

11.4

 

Pier 1 100

 

8.8

 

B

10.2

 

Pier 1 101

 

11.7

 

C

12.9

 

Pier 1 102

 

11.7

 

D

12.9

 

Pier 1 103

 

11.7

 

E

12.9

 

Pier 1 104

 

11.9

 

F

12.9

 

Pier 1 105

 

11.9

 

G

12.9

 

Pier 1 106

 

11.9

 

M

11.9

 

Pier 1 107

 

11.9

 

N

11.6

 

Crossberth 108

 

11.9

 

O

11.9

 

Crossberth 109

 

11.9

 

P

10.6

 

Container term 200

 

11.9

 

Q

10.6

 

Container term 201

 

11.9

 

R

10.6

 

Container term 202

 

11.9

 

Maydon Wharf 1

9.6

 

Container term 203

 

11.9

 

Maydon Wharf 2

9.6

 

Container term 204

 

11.9

 

Maydon Wharf 3

9.6

 

Container term 205

 

11.9

 

Maydon Wharf 4

9.6

 

Island View 1

12.8

12.5

 

Maydon Wharf 5

9.6

 

Island View 2

10.6

10.3

 

Maydon Wharf 6

9.6

 

Island View 3

12.8

12.5

 

Maydon Wharf 7

9.6

 

Island View 4

10.6

10.3

 

Maydon Wharf 8

10.3

 

Island View 5

10.9

10.3

 

Maydon Wharf 9

9.6

 

Island View 6

13.0

12.0

 

Maydon Wharf 10

9.6

 

Island View 6 ext

10.6

11.5

 

Maydon Wharf 11
10.3
  Island View 7
12.8
11.9
 
Maydon Wharf 12
5.8
  Island View 8
12.8
12.5
 
Maydon Wharf 13
9.6
  Island View 9
12.8
12.5
 
Maydon Wharf 14
9.6
  BCA 1
8.8
 
Maydon Wharf 15
9.6
  BCA 2  
10.0
 
Ship repair jetty west
7.8
  BCA 3  
8.8
 
Ship repair jetty east
7.4
  BCA 4  
1.3
 



• The maximum permissible draft shown for the berths above serves as a guide for the planning of vessels. These drafts are, however, only valid on the date of the latest sounding and should it be intended to accommodate vessels at the at the maximum draft shown, the Harbour Master should be should be timeously advised to arrange for fresh soundings, If necessary.
• Permissible draft in entrance channel:
At all states of tide : 11.9m
Subject to tidal restrictions: > 11.9m
• A mandatory underkeel clearance of 300 millimeters is applicable at all times and has been allowed for in the above maximum drafts.

 

 
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