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Municipality and town
Skyline of Tômbua
Tômbua is located in Angola
Location in Angola
Coordinates: 15°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
Country  Angola
Province Namibe
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Climate BWh
Tômbwa Lighthouse
Porto Alexandre
Ponta do Port
Church in Tombua, Namibe, Angola.JPG
Tômbwa is located in Angola
Location Tômbwa
Namibe Province
Coordinates 15°47′02″S 11°51′03″E / 15.784°S 11.850833°E / -15.784; 11.850833
Year first constructed ~1930s[1]
Foundation masonry base
Construction metal skeletal tower[1]
Tower shape tripod skeletal tpwer atop a 1-storey building[1]
Markings / pattern white building whith orange diagonal band[2]
Height 8 metres (26 ft)[2]
Focal height 11 metres (36 ft)[2]
Range white: 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
green: 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)[2]
Characteristic Oc (3) WG 9s.[2]
Admiralty number D5436[2]
NGA number 25716[2]
Managing agent Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola

Tômbwa[3][4] (also known as Tombwa,[5][6] Tombwe or Porto Alexandre) is a city and municipality in Namibe Province, Angola.

It is located on the shore of Port Alexander, an important harbor on the South Atlantic Ocean for oil production and fishing. The port had refrigeration facilities installed with European Union assistance at the Tombwe canning factory.[7]

It was during Portuguese Angola the largest fishing port of Angola and one of the largest in West Africa. It was established by fishermen from olhão, Algarve around 1863 in a sheltered bay and joined by the fishermen of Póvoa de Varzim in 1921, who left Brazil not wishing to lose Portuguese nationality by becoming Brazilian nationals. Due to the fish industry, Porto Alexandre gained city status in 1961.

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  1. ^ a b c "Angola". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2016. 
  3. ^ "Namibe: Municípios". Info-Angola. Retrieved 27 Feb 2010. 
  4. ^ Angola Statistics: Namibe. GeoHive. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Angola. Instituto Nacional de Segurança Social, Angola.
  5. ^ "Reference Center: Provinces". Angolan Embassy in the United States. Archived from the original on 11 Feb 2006. 
  6. ^ "City councils of Angola". Statoids. Retrieved 27 Feb 2010. 
  7. ^ Economic Report on Angola by the South African government