Port of East London

The Port of East London is located approximately 950 km east of Cape Town and 460 km south of Durban on the eastern seaboard of South Africa.

 East London Harbour4

Overview of the Port

It is situated at the mouth of the Buffalo River and is the only commercial river port on the South African coast line. Centrally located both nationally and internationally, the port is strategically positioned to act as the gateway between Africa and the global market. The Port of East London’s geographical position gives its customers easy access to world markets, while reputation for excellent turnaround times is renowned.

For more information on the port, download: Overview of the East London Port 

For current port tariffs, download: Transnet National Ports Authority - Port Tariffs 1 April 2015

For information on international trade, download: Province of the Eastern Cape - International trade tracker - 2015: Quarter 1

Cruiseline information 

The East London Port has preferential docking and berthing arrangements for passenger ships.
Although no dedicated cruise terminal, 5 berths are available to this industry and berth allocation is arranged with the Harbour Master and Ships Agent prior to vessel arrival.

For more information, download: Cruiseliner information brochure

Development plans of the Port

For more information on the port, its current capacity and operation as well as development plans, download: Transnet Port Overview - Development Plans and Opportunities 

Important contacts

TNPA Harbour Master – Port Control: Capt Naresh Sewnath
+27 (0)43 700 1176 / Mobile +27 (0)83 307 1228

TNPA Port Security Officer - Graham Kingsley-Wilkins:
+27 (0)43 700 2421 / Mobile +27 (0)83 417 3920

TNPA Corporate Affairs - Terry Taylor:
+27 (0)43 700 1200 / Mobile +27 (0)83 284 1786

Transnet Port Terminals
Promotional video of the East London port

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We’re available Monday to Friday, business hours Eastern time.