Visiting Yachts

Durban Marina Walk-ons

A flight plan and the Port Authority Taxes form can be obtained from the office. Any queries regarding the Port Taxes can be e-mailed to: information@durbanmarina.co.za

General Information

Draft restrictions:
– International Jetty is 3.5m during low tides
– The other walk-on’s vary in depth

Max Size without prior booking
For yachts over the size of 20m Length and 8m Beam, kindly contact the office on: information@durbanmarina.co.za

Durban Harbour and Marina Approach document

Arriving at Durban Harbor

The Port of Durban, controlled by Portnet, our port authority, is a large and busy commercial harbour with specific areas set aside for pleasure craft. The harbour entrance is marked with lights on the North Breakwater (F1 G 3s) and South Breakwater (GpF1 (2) W 5s). Please phone the Marina office on 031 301 2176 for further assistance. After having entered the harbour, alter course to Starboard side and head for the Silburn Channel. On your plotter, enter the following co-ordinates: 29° 51′ 46,84″ S 31° 01′ 18,25″ E

The leading lights (Oc.R 4s 26m over F1 W 3s 23m) area on the bearing 215* 30’. Conspicuous on top of the Bluff on the south side of the entrance channel, is the Signal tower, which controls shipping movements into, and out of, the harbour. On arrival, contact the Signal Tower, call sign ‘Durban Harbour Radio’, who keep a listing watch on VHF Channel 9 and SSB 2182 kHz, when you are approximately one mile off the Breakwater. Advise them of your arrival and last port of call, and request permission to enter the harbour. Durban is compulsory Pilotage Port, but pleasure craft are exempt under certain conditions. Lights on the Signal Tower are used to warn approaching vessels of shipping movements:

No Light – Channel clear for use
Red Light – Ship leaving harbour; keep clear of the entrance channel
Green Light – Ship entering harbour, keep clear and look behind you, it’s probably approaching your transom as you peer ahead!

Coordinates for approach

International Jetty:
29° 51′ 46,84″ S 31° 01′ 18,25″ E

Anchoring area:
29° 51′ 53,91″ S 31° 01′ 36,62″ E
– The anchoring area is situated on the line where various catamarans are anchored. Stay well clear of the main channel. Come in Starboard to with Fenders on waterline.

Visiting yacht initial tie up berth:
29° 51′ 46,84″ S 31° 01′ 18,25″ E
If space is available, incoming yachts are to tie up at International Jetty.

Radio Procedure

To enter Durban harbour, request Port Tower authority to enter on radio channel 09 VHF. Call sign Durban Port Control.

Procedure after arrival at the Durban Marina


Please report to the Durban Marina office on arrival, and complete the necessary formalities for your stay in Durban. Kindly supply our office with the passports of all crew members as well as the boat registration certificate. Port Authority Taxes are applicable for yachts staying for a period of more than 30 days and the rate is determined by yacht size. The Marina office will advise accordingly of the charges applicable. Once the documentation has been completed, the Durban Marina will assist with the clearing in procedure as listed below.

Clearing in and out procedure

All International visitors must report to Durban Immigrations as well as the Customs office, irrespective of whether they have cleared into South Africa via another port such as Richards Bay.
The Durban Marina office will assist with directions and the procedure to follow.

Immigrations:
Customs & Excise Building
Cnr Victoria Embankment & Stanger Street
Ground Floor, Office No: 23, Durban

Customs:
Customs & Excise Building
Cnr Victoria Embankment & Stanger Street
Ground Floor, Office No: 20, Durban

ALL YACHTS:
a) Arrivals From a Foreign Port:
1) Phone Immigrations who will come to the boat and clear in the boat;
2) Skipper and crew to report to the Customs and Immigration offices with the boat’s papers,
passports and crew list.
b) Departure To a Foreign Port:
1) Skipper to complete a flight plan for Port Clearance;
2) Skipper reports to the Port Control office, 2nd Floor Room 219, 45 Bay Terrace;
3) Skipper and crew report to Customs and Immigration offices with passports and crew list;
4) Skipper phones Immigrations 3 hours before departure and they will come to the boat and clear
the yacht out.

FOREIGN YACHTS:
c) Arrivals From a Local Port:
1) Phone Immigration who will come to the yacht to clear it in
2) Skipper must then report to Customs and Immigration to clear in

 

 

d) Departing to a Local Port:
1) Skipper to complete a flight plan for the Port Control office, 2nd Floor, Room 219, 45 Bay
Terrace
2) Skipper reports to Customs and Immigration for clearance
3) Skipper phones Immigration 3 hours before departure and Immigration will come to the boat

LOCAL YACHTS:
e) Arrivals From a Local Port:
1) Skipper to phone Immigration who will come to the boat (check if necessary to visit office when
they come to the boat as this could vary).
f) Departing to a Local Port:
1) Flight plan to be completed and taken to Port Control office, 2nd Floor, Room 219, 45 Bay Terrace
2) Skipper to phone Immigration 3 hours before departure and Immigration will come to the boat.

Once the visitors have a favourable window to leave the Durban Port and head to their next Port of Call, the Durban Marina requires the visiting yacht to complete the flight plan document, applicable Customs document as well as settle any outstanding rental fees, be advised of any Port Taxes to be paid to Port Authority, and return security access cards.

PLEASE NOTE: The Port Authority office is NOT open on weekends and Public Holidays, therefore clearing out should be done on the Friday morning prior to leaving the Durban to travel to the next Port.