Saldanha Bay is the deepest and largest natural port in Southern Africa, situated on the west coast of Africa, 60 nautical miles northwest of Cape Town and is partially protected by artificial breakwater.
The port is home to the largest iron ore exporting facility and is the only iron ore handling port in South Africa. It is managed via a synergy between National Ports Authority, SA Ports Operations and Spoornet (Orex), which has ensured a reliable connection between the port and the iron ore mines at Sishen, 860km northeast of Saldanha. The land and sea area are covered by Portnet totalling 18,300 hectares.
- 990m long jetty
- 2 iron ore berths
- 1 crude oil berth joined to the north shore of the harbour by a 3,100m causeway
- 874m multi-purpose terminal quay for break-bulk cargo handling
- 3.3m Yokohama pneumatic (floating) fenders of 6.5m to 10.6m in length
- SA Navy Base
- SAS Saldanha
- Fishing harbour
- Base metal mines, heavy minerals smelter and a crude storage facility, are also served by the port nearby.