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Attraction Name: Mossel Bay Boating Co. Offices
CATEGORY:: Cultural Attractions
Type: Buildings
Description of Attraction: Built 1901/2 as offices by MBBC who owned and ran the harbour. The clock tower is said to have been used to time how quickly ships were loaded and unloaded.

Fanlights above the windows on south elevation depict scenes on Thames river in London.

The harbour relied on the local farming and fishing industries until the discovery of the areas offshore gas fields in 1969. This lead to the development of the PetroSA gas-to-liquids refinery (which lies inland and about 14 km to the west), and changed the nature of commerce in the harbour, which focusses largely on the petrochemicals industry.

The harbour is now managed by the Transnet Port Authority (a parastatal company). Its entrance channel is 8 metres deep, and is accessible to vessels of a draught of up to 6.5 metres. The largest quay in the facility – Quay 4 – accommodates vessels of up to 130m, while vessels of up to 200 tonnes can access the ship repair slipway.

The port authority controls two mooring buoys which are situated offshore in the Bay: a catenary buoy mooring that caters for ships of up to 32,000DWT (maximum length 204m, draught 12m); and a single point mooring which allows marine tankers to take products on board via three hoses which are connected to PetroSA.

The harbour is not open to the public.

For more information on the Historic buildings in Mossel Bay, please contact
Mossel Bay Tourism Office
Corner Market & Church Streets
Mossel Bay
www.visitmosselbay.co.za
+27 (44) 691-2202

Source:www.visitmosselbay.co.za
Street Address: Bland Street
Town: Mossel Bay
Code: 6500
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Date Posted / Updated: 17 Feb 2017
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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