The Marina

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On Approach
Call Cape Town Port Control on VHF Ch 14 (call sign being "Cape Town Port Control"). Request permission to enter V&A Waterfront stating intention of entering the V&A Marina. On rounding breakwater, call the V&A Swing Bridge (call sign being "Swing Bridge") on VHF Ch 71 or phone +27 (0)21 408 7700, requesting opening of Swing Bridge and lifting of the Bascule Bridge to enter the V&A Marina.
All movements in the Harbour must be pre-announced to Port Control, who will review all maritime activity in the harbour and then give permission or defer permission to proceed.

On Arrival

Check in at the V&A Marina Yacht Office, situated on the ground floor within the Marina Centre on West Quay Road in the Waterfront.

Check-in all crew in person at Customs/Immigration, located within the Cape Town Harbour.

A Declaration of Health form must be completed on arrival. It will be provided to you by the V&A Marina Yacht Office.

Boat cruise on the canal

General info

Local sailing
All boats exiting the V&A Marina on local sailing trips, have to be signed out by the skipper, and on return, sign in the logbook outside the V&A Marina Yacht Office.

The monthly tide information is printed from the SA Navy Hydrographer Office and given to each skipper on arrival at the V&A Marina Yacht Office.

On Departure
On payment receive clearance letter from the V&A Marina Manager or Waterfront Harbour Master, proceed to Transnet National Port Authority before clearing at Customs and Immigration.

On check out, all crew in person report to Customs/Immigration.

To request a copy of the Voyage Plan Form, please e-mail

All boats exiting the Victoria and Alfred Basins shall sign-out/ radio call out, with Port Control.


Many of us are facing new challenges as the country puts measures in place to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Its going to take a huge collective effort by all to prevent the virus from spreading and with new Government regulations the following steps have been implemented here at the V&A Waterfront.

  1. All vessels wishing to berth in the V&A Harbour and all yachts wishing to berth in the V&A Marina, must have notified the Transnet National Ports Authority, (TNPA) Harbour Master 72 hours before arrival and ensure that all the necessary arrival notification documents have been completed.
  2. All vessels and yachts wishing to make use of V&A berths must notify the V&A Waterfront after completing step 1 above. Communication for vessels via and yachts via
  3. All international vessels and yachts visiting the Port of Cape Town, (including the V&A Waterfront), must be cleared by Port Health and obtain Free Pratique prior on arrival at Cape Town. Failure to arrange such clearance or non-adherence to the above will result in the vessel or yacht being denied access by Port Health, the TNPA Harbour Master and the V&A Waterfront.
  4. Timeous arrangement must be made in advance for those that are arriving during weekends or night time when Port Health’s offices are closed. No personnel will be allowed off the vessel prior to receiving Free Pratique. All night time arrivals will be required to go to anchor until daylight when the Authorities are able to carry out arrival procedures or as instructed by the Authorities.
  5. Vessels and yachts will be required to go to anchorage whilst awaiting clearance to enter the V&A Waterfront. Once approval has been granted an isolation berth will be allocated. Yachts will be at the ISPS holding berths located at North Wharf and larger vessels at the ISPS cleared Jetty Two in the V&A Harbour.
  6. No crew or passengers will be allowed off the vessel or yacht prior to receiving Free Pratique from the Port Authorities.
  7. The V&A Waterfront must be included in all correspondence to the various government departments and stakeholders, via and
  8. No personel may approach or board the yacht until the all clear has been issued by Port Health.
  9. The above procedure is effective immediately and will remain in force until advised otherwise.
  10. These procedures are subject to change at short notice and it is important that you stay in contact with the Port and the V&A Harbour and Marina before your arrival.

Kind regards,

Andre Blaine

Executive Manager Marine and Industrial


Immigrations Office Physical Address

Immigrations Office, Cowry House, Duncan Road, Cape Town Harbour

24 hours a day, each day of the week

+27 21 421 1007 / +27 21 421 1008

Petro Snyders

General Enquiries

Marina Manager
+27 21 408 7579 +27 21 408 7833