Porto Grande Bay

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Porto Grande Bay
Mindelo portogrande.jpg
Porto Grande Bay is located in Cape Verde
Porto Grande Bay
Porto Grande Bay
Cape Verde
CountryCape Verde
LocationMindelo, São Vicente
Coordinates16°53′N 25°01′W / 16.89°N 25.01°W / 16.89; -25.01Coordinates: 16°53′N 25°01′W / 16.89°N 25.01°W / 16.89; -25.01
Opened18th century
Owned byENAPOR
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Annual cargo tonnage847,602 metric tonnes (2017)[1]
Annual container volume195,485 metric tonnes (2017)[1]
Passenger traffic350,213 (2017)[1]
1884 nautical chart of Porto Grande Bay

Porto Grande Bay (Portuguese: Baía do Porto Grande), also Mindelo Bay, is a bay on the north coast of the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde. The main city of São Vicente, Mindelo, is situated at the bay. The Porto Grande Bay is a natural harbour. It stretches between the headlands Ponta João Ribeiro in the northeast and Ponta do Morro Branco in the west. To the northwest it opens towards the Canal de São Vicente, the channel between the islands São Vicente and Santo Antão. The small rocky islet Ilhéu dos Pássaros lies north of the bay.

Port facilities[edit]

The port is owned and operated by ENAPOR, the Cape Verdean port authority. Since the latest modernization in 2014, the port has 4 long quays, 4 shorter quays, a quay for fishing boats with fish processing installations, a container terminal (expanded and modernized in 1997),[2] 2 roll-on/roll-off ramps and 3 passenger terminals. The total length of the quays is 1,560 m, and the maximum depth is 12 m.[3] With 847,602 metric tonnes of cargo and 350,213 passengers handled (2017),[1] it is the busiest port of Cape Verde. There are ferry services to the islands of Santo Antão,[4] São Nicolau, Santiago and Sal.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Statistics Port Grande, ENAPOR, December 2017
  2. ^ Europa Publications (2003). Africa South of the Sahara 2004. Psychology Press. p. 190. ISBN 1857431839.
  3. ^ "Porto Grande" (in Portuguese). ENAPOR. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ Ferry to Santo Antão
  5. ^ Cabo Verde Fast Ferry's website

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