Port Alexander, Angola

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Port Alexander
Port Alexander is located in Angola
Port Alexander
Port Alexander
Location in Angola
Coordinates15°48′S 11°51′E / 15.800°S 11.850°E / -15.800; 11.850Coordinates: 15°48′S 11°51′E / 15.800°S 11.850°E / -15.800; 11.850
Native namePorto Alexandre  (Portuguese)
Ocean/sea sourcesAtlantic Ocean
Basin countriesAngola
Max. length8 km (5.0 mi)
Max. width2 km (1.2 mi)
SettlementsTômbwa[1]

Port Alexander (Portuguese: Porto Alexandre) is a bay in Angola.[2] It is located in the Namibe Province.

Geography[edit]

Port Alexander is a very well-sheltered bay of the South Atlantic Ocean. The bay is facing east, with 41 m (135 ft) high sandstone cliffs rising from the Ponta do Porto, the promontory guarding the eastern end of the harbour located at the end of the protecting landspit. Saco da Baleia is a bay located west of the western end of the spit.[3]

The town of Tômbwa is located on the southern shore of the bay. It was formerly a whaling port,[4] but currently it is an important harbor for oil production and fishing in the area. The port has refrigeration facilities installed with European Union assistance at the Tombwa canning factory.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GoogleEarth
  2. ^ "Port Alexander". Geographic Names. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Ponta do Porto". Mapcarta. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. at Port Alexander". Sound of Jura. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  5. ^ Economic Report on Angola by the South African government