* 05 January 2021 New charts SAN 88 (INT 7580) JESSER POINT TO BOA PAZ and SAN 95 (INT 7052) DURBAN TO INHAMBANE are now available from official Chart Agents.
* 05 January 2021 The December 2020 Edition of Monthly Notices  to Mariners  is now available.
* 01 December 2020 The Maritime Safety Information eLearning Training and Awareness Platform is now available for comment by SAIHC Member States.
* 03 June 2020

The Hydrographic Act No. 35 of 2019 was gazetted.  Click here to read the act.


The South African National Hydrographer's Message in response to COVID-19

 

“The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has the world scrambling to “flatten the curve” and slow down the spread of this disease.  South Africa has not escaped the reach of this pandemic.

 

During the mandated “lockdown period”, the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO) will remain open for business as an essential service to the Republic. In an effort to protect our staff, we will enter into a rotating watch system ensuring that all functions remain capacitated at all times.  We have prioritised our services to the following:

 

 

We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of service delivery to you our valued clients and stakeholders.

 

On behalf of the SANHO team, I wish you, your team and families all the very best in these trying times.  Please stay safe and keep well.”

 

For more information, news and regulations regarding the South African Government's fight against COVID-19, please follow the link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za 


Navigation Messages Currently in Force.

Summary

Complete Set of Messages

 Last updated on

19/01/2021

NB. This information is only updated during office hours 0730 -1600 Mon - Fri.

2021 Series

005  Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Indian Ocean Islands - Survey Operations
006  Messages in Force.
008  Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Isle of Mayotte - Survey.
 

2020 Series

011   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Beira - Buoys.
087   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Madagascar - Port of Ehoala - Lights
.
120   South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Angola - Mooring Buoys and FPSOs.
122   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Pemba - Buoy out of position.
123   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Mocimboa da Praia - Buoy out of position.
124   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Nacala - Buoy Unlit.
125   South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Port of Luanda – Mooring Buoys.
226
  Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Quelimane - Buoys out of position.
267   South Atlantic Ocean - SE Sector - Gough Island.
269   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Maputo - Buoys and Lights.
276   South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Namibia - Mining. 
278   South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Namibia - Mining.
306   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Offshore La reunion - Cable Survey.
307   Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Mozambique Channel  - Drilling Structure

19/01/2021

NB: This information is only updated during office hours 0730 -1600 Mon - Fri.


2021 Series

005  West Coast - Alexander Bay - Drilling
013  West Coast - Laaiplek - Racon Out of Order
022  South West Coast - False Bay - Gunnery Ex
026  Messages in Force.

 

2020 Series

583   South Coast - Offshore Port Elizabeth - Anchor Left
635  
West Coast - Namibia - Mining. 
652   Namibia - Offshore Oranjemund - Mining.

680   South West Coast - Offshore Hout Bay - Lost Anchor.
681   South Coast - Offshore Port Elizabeth - Lost Anchor.
687   South West Coast - False Bay -  Buoy Out of Position.
690   West Coast - Laaiplek - Aids to Navigation Deployed.

 


Reporting of Navigational Hazards


Tide Tables for South Africa and Namibia

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This page allows you to select the current and following month's tidal information for any of the tidal ports listed.  Please select a port from the drop-down list provided on the map below.  Please ensure your pop-up blocker is deactivated to allow the file to open.

 

  

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Heights of Chart Datum Relative to Land Levelling Datum in South Africa and Namibia

Port

Up to
 31 Dec 1978

1 Jan 1997
to
31 Dec 1997
1 Jan 1998
to
31 Dec 2002

 1 Jan 2003
onwards

Walvis Bay -0.913 -0.900 -0.966 -0.966
Lüderitz -0.865* -0.900 -0.935 -1.055
Port Nolloth -0.718* -0.900 -1.075 -0.925
Saldanha -0.582 -0.900 -0.975 -0.865
Cape Town -0.829 -0.900 -0.975 -0.825
Simon's Town -0.651 -0.900 -1.003 -0.843
Hermanus -0.619 -0.900 -0.978 -0.788
Mossel Bay -0.761 -0.900 -1.163 -0.933
Knysna -0.625 -0.900 -1.048 -0.788
Port Elizabeth -0.838 -0.900 -1.026 -0.836
East London -0.762 -0.900 -1.006 -0.716
Durban -0.838 -0.900 -1.113 -0.913
Richards Bay -0.900 -0.900 -1.205 -1.015

* In use until 1 January 1994