||08 September 2020||
The August 2020 edition of Monthly Notices to Mariners is now available.
||29 June 2020||
SAN HO-15 International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 Edition 2020 now available for ordering through chart agents.
||03 June 2020||
Hydrographic Act No. 35 of 2019 was gazetted. Click
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:
Coastal Navigation and NAVAREA VII Warnings;
Notices to Mariners;
Paper chart, ENC supply and production activities; and
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.
Complete Set of Messages
Last updated on
NB. This information is only updated during office hours 0730 -1600 Mon - Fri.
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
124 Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Nacala - Buoy Unlit.
125 South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Port of Luanda – Mooring Buoys.
126 Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Maputo - Dredging Operations.
150 Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Quelimane
- Buoys and lights.
187 South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector -
Offshore Alexander Bay - Mining Operations.
194 Indian Ocean - SW Sector - Port of Maputo -
Buoys and Lights.
207 South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Rig List.
213 South Atlantic Ocean - NE Sector - Mining
214 Messages in Force.
NB: This information is only updated during office hours 0730 -1600 Mon - Fri.
352 South Coast - Offshore Port Elizabeth - Anchor Left
366 West Coast - Elands bay - Buoy out of position
390 South Coast - Offshore Mossel Bay - Drilling Operations.
404 West Coast - Alexander Bay - Drilling Operations.
415 South Coast - Offshore Port Elizabeth - Anchor Left
435 West Coast - Offshore Alexander Bay - Drilling Operation.
461 Namibia - Orange River Mouth - Mining Vessels.
468 Messages in Force.
471 South Coast -
Offshore East London - Lost lifering
472 South Coast - Offshore Port Shepstone - Towing Operation
South West Coast - Approaches to Simons Town Harbour - Route Survey
Reporting of Navigational Hazards
Changes observed at Sea by Mariners navigating beyond Harbours Reporting Form.
Changes observed by Mariners concerning Ports and Harbours Reporting Form.
Tide Tables for South Africa and Namibia
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Tide Theory (pdf 847.36 KB)
Heights of Chart Datum Relative to Land Levelling Datum in South Africa and Namibia
1 Jan 1997
31 Dec 1997
1 Jan 1998
31 Dec 2002
1 Jan 2003
* In use until 1 January 1994