Station Information

Station ID: 836
Latitude: -29.256667
Longitude: 16.867778
Coastline code: 430
Station code: 21
Time span of data:
Completeness (%): 0
Date of last update: 11 Feb 2021

Green Arrow: Current Station
Yellow Marker: Neighbouring RLR Station
Red Marker: Neighbouring Metric Station

Please note: In many cases, the station position in our database is accurate to only one minute. Thus, the tide gauge may not appear to be on the coast.

Tide Gauge Data

Download metric sea level data. Use only with extreme caution.
NOTE: If some of the data are red in the plots above, the 'flag for attention' is set. Please see the documentation below.

Additional Data Sources (guide to additional data sources)

Fast Delivery Data from UHSLC station 701: hourly and daily
Research Quality Data from UHSLC station 701: hourly and daily

Station Documentation

Link to RLR information.

Documentation added 1993-07-12

Port Nolloth 430/021 RLR(1963) is 11.8m below BM CDM

Documentation added 1996-08-28

For discussions of MSL changes and extreme sea levels around Namibia and South Africa, see: G.B.Brundrit, S.Afr.J.Mar.Sci.,16,9-17,1995 and S.Searson and G.B.Brundrit, S.Afr.J.of Science, 91,579-588,1995. 1959 - 1972 values based on 8 readings per day.

Documentation added 2000-06-12

Data for 1991 deleted as clearly anomalous.

Documentation added 2000-06-14

Data for 1993 deleted as clearly anomalous.

Documentation added 2006-08-07

Following the recent supply of data from the South African Hydrographic Office the data for 2000 has now been revised with official figures.

Documentation added 2009-09-24

Heights of chart datum relative to land levelling datum in South Africa and Namibia: Port Nolloth Datum: up to 31st Dec 1993= -0.718 Datum: 1st Jan 1994 - 31st Dec 1997 = -0.900 Datum: 1st Jan 1998 - 31st Dec 2002 = -1.075 Datum: 1st Jan 2003 onwards = -0.925 Datum is now LAT so unlikely to change.

Documentation added 2009-10-22

SANHO is in the process of re-evaluating and standardising all the tidal station benchmarks. Confirming their accuracy in relation to the existing national benchmark network. This process was carried out at Port Nolloth jetty resurveyed Mar.2008 new benchmark fitted mid 2009. the new benchmark is PN1 LLD +3.278m however SANHO are not completely happy with it and intend to resurvey it at some stage.

Documentation added 2013-03-27

On the original RLR diagram there is a comment that for the period 1973-1993 there is an anomaly of .02m between the datum values supplied. On the original diagram rlrfac was given as 6.077m. When entered onto the database the value was given as 6.057m. This value has now been used.

Documentation added 2018-05-15

Port Nolloth was uninstalled due to revamping of the quayside. This is now complete and the station is scheduled to be reinstated as soon as possible.

Documentation added 2019-11-07

The South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO) are the copyright owners of the Port Nolloth sea level data and must be contacted to request permission to use the data.

Documentation added 2021-02-10

The South African Hydrographic Office have asked us to remove this record in line with the Hydrographic Act of 2019 (Act No. 35 of 2019) and the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, 2003 (Act No. 54 of 2003). The data can be obtained directly from SANHO (email: hydrosan@iafrica.com)

Data Authority

Hydrographic Office
Maritime Headquarters
Private Bag X1
Tokai 7966