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Cargo:  Breakbulk | Bulk | Containers | Cruise | Other   ...
Pollution:  Ballast | Pollution | Waste | Slops
Facilities:  Medical | Water | Fuel | Chandler | Services   ...
Security:  Police etc | Emergency | Regs
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Shore:  Consuls | Tel. | Airport | Connections | Banks
Crew:  Repatriation
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Max. Size:  Breakbulk:  8,000 d.w.t., LOA 130 m., draft 9.0 m. Containers:  8,000 d.w.t., LOA 130 m., draft 9.0 m. Bulk:  8,000 d.w.t., LOA 130 m., draft 9.0 m.
Airport:  Cabinda Domestic, 4 km.
Medical:  In emergency only. Hospital facilities.

Port Plans

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ACE Reports

Documents:  Port authorities came on board during daylight only to clear vessel. Documents required:
4 Animal Lists
4 Arms/Ammunition Lists
8 Crew Lists
6 Crew Effects Declarations
1 Health Declaration
4 Mail/Parcels Lists
4 Narcotics Lists
6 Passenger Lists
4 Ports of Call Lists
6 Stores Lists
4 Stowaway Declarations
4 Vaccination Lists
Also required are some local forms to be signed by the Master, and also show Last Port Clearance.
Customs do not seal bonded store.
Pilotage:  Not available for anchoring in Cabinda Roads.
Anchorage:  Ocean-going freighters load and unload cargoes at anchor. Anchoring ground is that shown on BA Chart No. 3206 (position Lat. 05° 31′ S, Long. 012° 08′ E), at a distance of 3.5 n.m. from Ponta de Tafe, being the nearest land, in a depth of at least 11.0 m.
When approaching the anchorage, Masters have to pay attention to the oil platforms and supply vessels in the vicinity.
We found some drilling rigs surrounded by large mooring buoys unlit up to a distance of 1.5 n.m. from the rig.
The sea bottom is mud, good holding ground. The light at Ponta de Tafe is extinguished.
While at anchor, vessel heads approx. S–SE and does not swing. Prevailing winds are from approx. S–SE. Reduced visibility due to haze can be expected during the night and early morning.
VHF:  No official radio station in Cabinda. Ships have to contact their Agents directly via Channel 16 when anchored, as communications by other means are difficult. ETA must be sent via Luanda.
Tugs:  Two tugs available (2×400 h.p.) equipped with VHF. The new one, ``Maiombe'', is only used to carry port authorities for clearing vessels, while the oldest, ``Comandante Henda'', is used to tow floating pontoons.
Cargo Handling:  There are four floating pontoons capable of carrying 10 TEUs each, but only two of them are available, both are in very poor condition.
Floating pontoons are equipped with some fenders, but ships have to be fitted with some extra ones, better if small floating type.
Stevedores provide the pontoons moorings, but ropes are undersized and in case of swell, ships have to provide some ropes to moor pontoons. Also the equipment used by stevedores on board is in poor condition and few in number.
Equipment ashore consists of a floating crane to handle full containers and some mobile cranes on wheels capable of handling up to 4.0 tonnes.
If the weather is good, cargo operations are regular, almost the normal rate of the ship's cranes/derricks but much time is lost towing lighters to and from the port and during cargo operations ashore.
Swell, squalls or other vessels working, cause difficulties during cargo operations, so prolonging the vessel's stay.
Stevedores:  Longshoremen work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The same stevedore gang starts the cargo operation and works until the vessel is ready to sail.
Stevedores arrived by tug from the port, and boarded the vessel using the pilot ladder.
Medical:  There is a hospital in Cabinda.
Fresh Water:  Available only by barge from Malongo Oil Terminal.
Fuel:  Available only by barge from Malongo Oil Terminal.
Consuls:  None.
Gangway/Deck Watchman:  Not compulsory and not necessary.
Airport:  There is an airstrip in Cabinda, providing flights to Luanda.
Stores:  No shipchandler available. Small quantities of fruit can be purchased ashore.
Shore Leave:  Crew can go ashore by tug, but should return on board before 2400 hrs. and have to carry their passport or Seaman's Book.
Customs requires USD5.00 from each crew member going ashore for delivery of shore pass.
Currency:  Local currency is Kwanzas, exchanged at a rate of about 500,000 Kwanzas to USD1.00 (June 1998).
General:  Flags: Flags are to remain hoisted both day and night.
Officials:  Harbour Master's office open during daylight hours on working days only. No port control service available.
REPORT: January 1999
Loading/Ballasting:  As of 1 April 1999, vessels must be capable of loading cargo and discharging ballast simultaneously, whilst maintaining two valve segregation between cargo and ballast systems. Vessels are also required to maintain a minimum of 30% s.d.w.t. at all times. Vessels that are unable to comply with this requirement will not be accepted at the Malongo Oil Terminal.
Until 1 April 1999, vessels are required to maintain a minimum of 30% s.d.w.t. at all times. Malongo Oil Terminal requires vessels to be able to load cargo and discharge ballast simultaneously while maintaining two valve segregation, However, if vessels cannot load cargo and deballast simultaneously, they can load part cargo, stop cargo operations, deballast and then finish loading the cargo, maintaining a minimum of 30% s.d.w.t. at all times.

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Also see Futila and Sanha LPG
OVERVIEW:  In an open bay and exposed to weather. Cabinda port comprises a single multipurpose berth. Transshipment of cargo from larger vessels takes place at anchorage. Malongo Terminal, located 9 n.m. north of Cabinda, comprises several SPMs and an LPG FPSO (Sanha LPG), and operated by Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC). There are a considerable number of oil fields in the area with associated platforms and wellheads.
LOCATION:  On the SW coast of Africa, separated from the rest of Angola by the Democratic Republic of Congo and bordering on the Republic of Congo.
CHARTS:  BA Chart No. 3290 and 3291.
Publications:  BA Africa Pilot, Vol. 2, NP 2.
5 Animal Lists
5 Arms and Ammunitions (Nil) Lists
7 Cargo Manifests (for each port of origin of cargo for Cabinda, plus 1 copy of each Bill of Lading)
3 Crew Effects Declarations
7 Crew Lists
2 Crew Vaccinations Lists
2 Narcotics Lists
8 Passenger…